Parallel session 1 – State of the science: How does scientific research support action to combat marine plastics in South East Asia?

09:30-10:30

Parallel session 1 – State of the science: How does scientific research support action to combat marine plastics in South East Asia?

09:30 – 10:30

To be successful, solutions to marine plastic pollution must be predicated upon a clear understanding of the issues based on sound science. This session will discuss findings of a review of scientific research on marine plastic pollution in South East Asia and consider how critical research gaps can be filled. 

 

This work is a result of a team effort from several researcher centres of the National University of Singapore (NUS): the Centre for International Law (CIL), the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) and ST John Marine Laboratory (SJML). 

 

Presentations, follow-up discussions and Q&A in this session will explore the current state of scientific knowledge on marine plastic litter in the region, including the extent to which current research addresses the priorities or areas of focus of marine litter policy frameworks, initiatives and programmes driven by governments, industry and civil society. Based on this, the session will seek to identify key gaps in research.

Host and session lead:

  • National University of Singapore, Centre for International Law (CIL)

Moderator:

Discussants:

Questions

  • What are the drivers of research on marine plastic pollution in the region?
  • How does current science line up with the policy and governance space, and where does the science need to focus to address the key policy questions in the region?
  • How are these scientific findings being disseminated, communicated across varied stakeholders, and translated into evidence-based policymaking, business innovations and citizens participation in designing and delivering the ground solutions?
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