News - Dec 19, 2022 Regional Blueprint Development Workshop

Since 2019, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has been working on addressing plastic waste and leakage in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in the Caribbean and Pacific regions, through the Norad supported Plastic Waste Free Island Project (PWFI). PWFI organised a workshop for the establishment of a Regional Blueprint on Plastic on the 8th and 9th of December 2022.

The key objective of the workshop are to inform practitioners, managers and stakeholders working at the ground level to understand two specific areas:

  • An overview of the different actions required to address plastic pollution and develop national action plans that would be in line with a prospective Treaty
  • Highlight ongoing actions in the region on solutions to address plastic waste and leakage that are being trialed in Pacific and support enhanced networking and sharing of knowledge.
  • The session will place specific attention to the role of gender and human rights in relation to Plastic Pollution in the Pacific region.

The workshop was attended by representatives from government, and private sectors from Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu. PacWastePlus represented by Ms Sainimili Bulai, Technical Waste Project Officer – Solid Waste to this workshop.

During the workshop, the PWFI regional blueprint, an output from the PWFI project, was also discussed. It is anticipated that by early 2023, this guiding document will be made available.