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.