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.
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
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...read more
“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,...read more
The African Youth Waste Network, project of Sustainable Seas Trust, organised a fun and interactive event on the 23rd April 2019. Eight schools were invited to have a fun filled afternoon at SANCCOB Seabird Rehabilitation Centre learning about environmental education...read more
On the 9th, 10th and 12th of April 2019, the African Waste Academy continued with the second series of its ongoing webinar programme. Chris Whyte kick started the series with his insightful and encouraging presentation, “Addressing solutions and applications for...read more
What is the relationship between people, the environment and waste? How can this knowledge contribute towards creating solutions for plastic pollution? Masters student from the Netherlands, Shannah Leenheer, is exploring these questions in her research that combines...read more
How do we change the mindset of a generation? Is there a particular barrier we have to cross before a message can thoroughly be conveyed and understood? One of the challenges we face within the Education pillar here at SST, is getting the youth that we teach in...read more