The African Marine Waste Conference (AMWC 2017) is hosted by the African Marine Waste Network (AWMN), which was launched in July 2016 by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), Plastics SA and other partners in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  The Network is the first dedicated approach to address marine waste at a pan-African level. This conference provides the next major step forward.  

AMWC 2017 will provide a global interdisciplinary platform for stakeholders to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the field of debris and marine waste.

Over the course of the four days, conference delegates will experience unparalleled opportunities for extensive networking, inspiring keynotes, and a comprehensive exhibition floor filled with new and innovative approaches to plastics, with specific relevance to meeting the challenges of waste in African waters.  


Africa is the second-worst polluted continent on the planet and the rate of deterioration is accelerating. The negative impacts on human health, economies, environments, tourism, productivity and prosperity are becoming increasingly prevalent. Contributing to the reasons for accelerated waste accumulation are the recent rapid development of African states and the fastest population and urbanization rates in the world.

These developments have not been matched by commensurate levels of poverty alleviation and job creation. The accumulation of waste on land and poorly managed landfill sites has led to increasing amounts of leakage into rivers, estuaries and seas, with major impacts on the health of the marine environment and tourism.  In addition, waste from ships and other marine sources also accumulates along African coasts.

As waste knows no boundaries, the network aims to draw together participants from all coastal and island states to work collaboratively on finding shared strategies to solve problems within countries and across borders.  In addition, this Network wishes to benefit from the insights and findings from other parts of the world, so a truly global attention will focus on finding the best possible practices for Africa.


The African Marine Waste Conference is aiming to attract and engage leaders from a host of different disciplines, including researchers, practitioners, industry, media, and government. 

Waste is a transboundary issue that requires collaboration on a regional, national, continental, and even global scale. Moreover, existing data and legislation on marine waste in Africa is both sparse and fragmented, emphasizing the need for action.

This network aims to unite a community of global experts and African stakeholders  across coastal and island states as an imperative to develop best practices within the African context. In order to achieve this aim, the conference is reaching out to the best and the brightest in Africa and abroad to contribute to the discussion.

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