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
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...
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...
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...
The year has started off with a big bang, as PhD candidate Steve Allen of the ACU Blue Charter Fellowship and Dr Deonie Allen teamed up with SST member Kerry Moss to shed light on the plastic crisis in Africa. Steve Allen and Dr Deonie Allen, from the University of...
Together sharing skills and knowledge towards achieving Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa On the 12th, 13th and 14th of February 2019, the African Waste Academy kick started the first series of its webinar programme. The webinars included a showcase of the...
Why are children losing their connection to nature? In South Africa for example, we have the third-highest level of biodiversity in the world due to our country’s unique physical features such as having two different oceans – the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic...
Abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG or ghost gear) is one of the major sources of marine pollution. It not only threatens marine wildlife through entanglement and continued catching of target and non-target species, called “ghost fishing”, but is also...
This last quarter of 2018 has been excellent for Sustainable Seas Trust: not only did it successfully launch the African Youth Waste Network in Port Elizabeth on 29 October, it was also granted bridging finance at an event in Cape Town on 2 November. This funding...
Plastic pollution is a spider’s web of a problem: there are so many difficult elements, each a fly stuck on connecting strands that lead to a scary centre – unless we begin to get unstuck. The problem is where does one begin? A small group of representatives from...