The Second

International Conference

of the African Marine Waste Network

Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa

20-23 April 2020
The Boardwalk Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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.

Our mission

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.

Our Projects

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.

Hope Spots

These are marine areas of ecological and biodiversity significance around the world.  There are six Hope Spots in South Africa.  

Marine Education

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

Introducing Stacey Webb

On the 31st July 2019, the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) announced that Stacey Webb will officially join its team as Executive Director starting 1st August 2019. A scientist and passionate conservationist, Stacey joins SST from The Southern African Foundation for the...

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National Science Week

On the 31st July 2019, the SST education team participated in the National Science Week hosted by the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre. The event was attended by 106 school learners from the Uitenhage area. This year’s theme for National Science Week...

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WIOMSA Conference

“Science communication starts with a smile,” a quote taken from an exciting and thought provoking presentation by Dr Judy Mann at the WIOMSA 11th Scientific Symposium, held at the University of Mauritius. Dr Mann highlighted that communicating science is so important...

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The African Waste Academy’s Webinar Series 3

Photo (provided by World Animal Protection): Christina Dixon in the field. The third installment to the African Waste Academy’s Webinar Series was run on the 18th, 19th, 20th and 25th of June 2019. Christina Dixon kicked off the Series with her captivating...

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World Oceans Day Clean-up

The wave arches, curls over and crashes. The foamy water races up the shore, then draws back into the ocean. It leaves behind plough snails burrowing into the wet sand, seaweed strewn about, and a plastic bottle. Crunching footsteps approach the bottle, and a hand...

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First Youth Ambassador

“Only through action, do words take meaning.” When dealing with such an enormous problem like plastic pollution, there are very few people that are willing to step out of the crowd and fight against this problem. After working with the youth across Nelson Mandela Bay,...

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