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The Conference ultimately aims to meaningfully and practically address the crisis created by marine waste.

The burgeoning amounts of debris and other waste that enter African waters —most of which is land-based— is costing many millions of dollars each year. It is negatively affecting human health, degrading terrestrial and aquatic environments, and killing marine animals. Plastics and other debris are destroying valuable resources that are becoming lost to Africa.

If we take the right steps, including harnessing the circular economy, then waste can become profitable and create many jobs. Furthermore, the environment, human health and tourism will all benefit significantly.

The need is clear – rapid development in Africa without a concomitant decrease in poverty levels has led to a major polluted coastal and marine areas. There remain fears that Africa may soon become as heavily polluted as Southeast Asia, which is considered the most polluted region in the world. Africa is approaching a crisis situation which needs to be addressed in the immediate future.

The problem is so great that no single organization, town or country can meet the challenges alone. There must be a cross-border approach with all affected countries working in concert.

For more information on these topics, please refer to the report titled Lost at Sea: The Urgent Need to Tackle Marine Litter which maintains that “plastic waste has polluted the oceans to such an extent that no area remains uncontaminated”


Registration: Open daily Sunday to Thursday (July 9 –  July 13)

(Foyer of Feathermarket Centre)

Day One & Two (July 10 – 11):
are devoted largely to environmental, research, educational, public involvement and policy themes that would appeal to the SAMSS delegates who wish to stay on for the Waste Conference.

Day Three (July 12):
is largely devoted to industrial, economic (circular economy), economic enterprises, ocean economies and tourism, and management of municipalities, harbours and shipping.

Day Four (July 13):
Will focus on workshops in which ideas are shared constructively to develop the chapters for the Guide to Best Practice.

While we encourage delegates to attend the entire conference, the programme is structured to allow busy people to attend those sections that appeal most to them.



Important Dates

Conference Dates July 9 -13, 2017
First Call for Abstracts November 14,  2016
Abstract Submission Deadline May 20, 2017
Notification of Authors May 25, 2017
Final Version of Edited Abstract June 10, 2017

Networking events

Networking events enable local and international visitors, conference attendees and exhibitors to develop and strengthen business relationships at a range of events including, but not limited to:

  • Gala dinner
  • Focused workshops
  • Conference excursions
  • Closing ceremony

SAMSS Conference

The AMWC follows almost immediately after the South African Marine Science Symposium (SAMSS) which gives delegates an opportunity to attend both conferences. Delegates who wish to attend both conferences are being encouraged to do so. To accommodate the SAMSS delegates who wish to stay on for the SST programme, the AMWC will hold the marine science and education presentations in the first half of the meeting. The second half of the conference will focus on recycling, economic enterprises, waste management and the circular economy. 


Events Calendar:

August 2017
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July 31, 2017 August 1, 2017 August 2, 2017 August 3, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5, 2017 August 6, 2017
August 7, 2017 August 8, 2017 August 9, 2017 August 10, 2017 August 11, 2017 August 12, 2017 August 13, 2017
August 14, 2017 August 15, 2017 August 16, 2017 August 17, 2017 August 18, 2017 August 19, 2017 August 20, 2017
August 21, 2017 August 22, 2017 August 23, 2017 August 24, 2017 August 25, 2017 August 26, 2017 August 27, 2017
August 28, 2017 August 29, 2017 August 30, 2017 August 31, 2017 September 1, 2017 September 2, 2017 September 3, 2017

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