During the "Challenge Framing Workshops" in Bangkok and Frankfurt with several experts, the challenge has been broken down into more concrete and adressable sub-challenges.
These are in alphabetic order:
• Approximately 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the sea every year, making plastic the #1 pollutant in marine systems
• Over half of land-based plastic waste leakage comes from just 5 countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.
• Thailand is this year’s Chair of ASEAN with the mandate to promote “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”
• Plastic waste creates a range of environmental impacts, harming ocean wildlife, accumulating in our food chain and inducing massive costs to the tourism industry, amongst many others
• Plastic is a valuable resource difficult to recover once sent to landfills or landing in the environment
• The issue of plastic waste pollution touches on several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is now high on private sector, political and civil society agendas, such as the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and the PREVENT Waste Alliance.
The 8th lab of tomorrow process is being implemented in cooperation with the GIZ global project "Support of the Export Initiative of Environmental Technology" and the ASEAN regional project "Advance Sustainable Consumption and Production", which are both implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
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