The second
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
of the African Marine Waste Network

20-24 April 2020 |  Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The Sustainable Seas Trust
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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

Planting Trees by the Billion can Aid in CO2 Reduction

Planting Trees by the Billion can Aid in CO2 Reduction

A study has found that planting trees on an extreme scale may prove effective in reducing the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The study used satellite images, tree cover assessments, and computer modelling to identify available areas which could be...

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Youth March

Youth March

On 12th October 2019, we led our Youth March in celebration of National Marine Week! 500 learners and educators from schools all over Nelson Mandela Bay marched from Kings Beach to Happy Valley to raise awareness towards achieving Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa...

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Norway Partnership

Norway Partnership

The Norwegian Embassy and the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) has formally announced a four-year partnership from 2019 to 2023 dedicated towards achieving zero plastics to the seas of Africa. SST presented a new major initiative to fight marine waste, a programme called...

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International Coastal Clean-up Day

International Coastal Clean-up Day

Each year in September, International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICC) encourages individuals to help reduce the challenges the oceans face by going out to clean the beaches. All over the world, people from more than 100 countries participate in clean-ups in celebration of...

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Marine Litter Monitoring

Marine Litter Monitoring

The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) has partnered with SST to establish a monitoring programme for marine and riverine litter in countries bordering the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). The seven WIO countries (Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius,...

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