The CLiP Innovation Conference is an interactive 2-day conference held in Cape Town on the 4-5th December 2019. The Conference will showcase Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) solutions to tackle the problem of plastic waste in South Africa.

Marine litter is found in all the oceans of the world. It is found not only in densely populated parts but also in remote areas, far from obvious sources and human contact. Up to 90% of marine litter is made up of plastics, originating from both land and sea-based sources. This makes plastic pollution one of the most widespread problems facing our oceans today. If we are to tackle this issue, urgent, coordinated and effective action is paramount.

Up to 90% of marine litter is made up of plastics…

Given the scale of this environmental issue, a multitude of innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) solutions are needed in both tackling and preventing marine litter. The CLiP Innovation Conference in South Africa looks at showcasing solutions to marine litter and waste management, including those identified during the Clip Contest, Stamp Out Marine Plastic Pollution (STOMP)read more here.

In order to tailor solutions, the problem needs to be fully understood. As such, the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) will present their research results, highlighting identified problem items and areas linking to STEM based solutions. This event is a feeder event into the African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference “Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa” in April 2020.

About Clip

The Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP), is led by the UK through the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). Funded by the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the programme will support four developing countries across the Commonwealth to take action on plastics entering the oceans.

Cefas will work with partners across the Commonwealth to share expertise and find solutions to the environmental and socio-economic problems caused by litter in the marine environment.

Scientists will be collaborating with local, national and international partners to ensure actions are coordinated at all levels, including with activities that are already taking place to tackle marine litter.

CLiP will work with countries across the Commonwealth to encompass a variety of geographic, economic and environmental differences and enable a wide breadth of issues to be addressed. The programme is starting in the South Pacific Region in November 2018, working with Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. The programme will work in the South Pacific, Caribbean, India and Africa.

Our Partners


The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is a world leader in marine science and technology, providing innovative solutions for the aquatic environment, biodiversity and food security.

Part of the government, they hey are the UK’s most diverse centre for applied marine and freshwater science and research, covering an unrivalled breadth of specialist areas to provide a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to all our customers’ needs.

Cefas’ customer base is diverse, including the UK government and UK Overseas Territories, international governments, public and private sector organisations, educational and research institutions, as well as non-governmental organisations.  

The sustainable Seas Trust

The Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that supports and connects communities across Africa through research, education, enterprise development and growing awareness about ocean conservation and plastic pollution.

SST has partnered with CLiP, and the CLiP Innovation Conference will act as a forerunner to the second international conference of the African Marine Waste Network (AMWN), a project of SST. The AMWN conference will take place 20-23 April 2020 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The theme of the conference is Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa, indicating a drive to stop plastics and other waste on land, at source, from finding its way to the seas. More here