The ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are set to adopt a joint declaration to combat marine plastic waste.
According to statistics from the UN Environment Programme and Ocean Conservancy, an American campaign group for the protection of the oceans, plastic pollution is a major problem across Southeast Asia, so much so that four members of ASEAN (Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand) are among the five nations that throw the most plastic waste – collectively, sixty percent of the total amount – into the ocean.
"This declaration will be a new milestone, but it will be just words on paper if there is no change in policies,” said Tara Buakamsri, the director of Greenpeace Thailand. He added that ASEAN countries must ban single-use plastics urgently for the declaration to be truly effective.
Although the agreement doesn’t feature any specific numbers, by signing the declaration ASEAN member states will commit to reducing the use of single-use plastics and to the recycling of plastic products and packaging.
The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.
Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.
Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).
A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.
The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.
Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.
The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin
The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.