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For the Second International Conference of the African Marine Waste Network
Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa
25 – 29 April 2022, Boardwalk Convention Centre, Port Elizabeth
Who we are
Sustainable Seas Trust 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. We also build networks, for sharing information and support, focused on waste management. Through our events and projects, the African Marine Waste Network, Hope Spots and Marine Education, we are bringing like-minded and passionate people together, locally and internationally, to manage the issues of plastic waste in Africa.
Why our work is important: Africa has some of the most exquisite, biodiverse and marine-rich coastlines in the world. We need to protect them. Waste-focused studies predict that by 2050 there will be more plastic littering Africa and entering its seas than any other continent. This vast pollution, combined with habitat destruction and over-fishing, stands to collapse the ocean’s ecosystems. That is not only a threat to our environment/ oceans, but also to us humans. In addition, addressing poverty and human health are fundamental in the fight against marine pollution. Healthy communities lead to a healthy environment.
To grow a network of stakeholders in the conservation and waste-management sectors to facilitate best practices around conservation of Africa’s seas, and the management of waste at source, before it flows into them.
SST protects Africa’s oceans through education on plastic waste, conservation and fostering enterprise development
African Marine Waste Network
Our AMWN works to develop better waste-management strategies in Africa and foster enterprise development.
These are marine areas of ecological and biodiversity significance around the world. There are six Hope Spots in South Africa.
Our programmes teach people about the coastal ecosystem and the effects of plastic pollution.
This is all that should be floating in the ocean
Plastic pollution has a huge negative impact on the marine ecosystem. Our programmes work towards tackling plastic pollution at its source: on land.
From our Blog
On 28th October 2020, Sustainable Seas Trust held their fourth Masterclass via live webcast, Tips For Achieving Zero-Waste Living. The webcast was presented by Marketing Officer at PET Recycling Company (PETCO), Kara Levy. PETCO is the trading name of the PET...
On 16 October 2020, the Sustainable Seas Trust’s Education team and Economic Incentives and Enterprise Development team led a beach excursion that was attended by community members from Motherwell, Despatch, Helenvale, and Uitenhage in Nelson Mandela Bay. This...
On 19 September 2020, volunteers all over the world celebrated International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) day. Initiated by Ocean Conservancy more than 30 years ago, ICC is an annual day dedicated to cleaning up the waste on the beaches worldwide, and recording each item...
From 24 June to 3 July 2020, researchers at Sustainable Seas Trust completed the fourth survey of the WIOMSA marine litter monitoring project. The beach surveys took place on the Cape Recife and Bluewater Bay beaches in Port Elizabeth, during level three of South...
Did you know, South Africans generate roughly 54 million tons of general waste per year, and only around 10% gets recycled. Recycling is a proactive way to turn waste into jobs, care for our environment and create thriving communities. Much of your household waste...
In August 2020, Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) officially opened their newest addition to the research department – a laboratory! This laboratory was made possible through the support of Norway for the Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa project which it is...