6 & 7 September 2017 East Asia Summit Conference on Combating Marine Plastic Debris

Agenda and presentations

East Asia Summit (EAS) participating countries value healthy and prosperous oceans. Regional action on marine plastic debris could have a positive impact on a local and global scale. This two day meeting will seek to increase action on the issue of marine plastic debris within the region. The meeting will outline the current challenges in managing marine plastic debris and highlight innovative solutions. In particular, the meeting will draw attention to local and national policy responses, private and public partnerships and education for behavioural change. The conference will discuss proactive pathways forward, including the possibility of agreeing a Regional Plan of Action under the East Asia Summit

Welcoming remarks by H.E. Jose Tavares, Director-General for ASEAN Cooperation, representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

Keynote speech by Dr. Safri Burhanuddin, Deputy Minister for Human Resources, Science and Technology, and Maitime Culture, representing the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

6 September 2017 – Session I : Marine Plastic Debris: An Overview – This session will allow speakers to ‘set the scene’ and provide a stock take on the breadth, scale and trajectory of the issue. Marine plastic pollution has large impacts on the region including economic, social and environmental costs. It will also briefly canvass the main interventions and actions that could be taken to address the issue and how these steps can be incentivized, including through consideration of concepts such as the ‘Circular Economy’

Session I Moderator: Drs. Heru Waluyo, M.Kom, Director for Coastal and Sea Pollution and Degradation Control, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia

Session I Panelists and speakers: 

Indonesia National Policy and Strategy on Solid Waste Management – Ir. R. Sudirman, Director Solid Waste Management, Ministry of Environment & Forestry Indonesia

Large scale monitoring: developing robust and flexible approaches to support policy responses – Dr. Chris Wilcox, Principal Research Scientist, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

ACCUMULATION ZONES and sources –  Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Research Director and co-founder The 5 Gyres Institute

Marine Plastic Debris & Circular Economy – Dr. Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist. Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

6 September 2017 – Session II : Sharing National Experience and Policy – This session will provide an opportunity for EAS participating countries to discuss how they are developing national and local strategies to meet their needs. Discussions will focus on preventive measures at the source of waste production, waste management systems and approaches to ‘clean-up’ of existing marine pollution. Policy responses can differ greatly however, the issue often fails to be addressed in a holistic and coordinated manner with particular challenges creating and measuring quantitative targets. EAS participating countries will be asked to brief the meeting on their national policies, including challenges and lessons learned, as part of this session.

Session II Moderator: H.E. Stephanie Lee, New Zealand Ambassador to ASEAN

Session I Panelists and speakers: 

MARINE PLASTIC DEBRIS MANAGEMENT IN INDONESIA National Plan of Action – Dr. Safri Burhanuddin, Deputy Minister for Human Resources, Science and Technology, and Maritime Culture, representing the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. Link to National Plan of Action

Marine Litter and Waste Management Policy in Japan – Hiroko Yokota, Sector Chief, Office for Promotion of Sound-Material Cycle Society, Environmental Regeneration and Material Cycles Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Sharing National Experience and Policy – The Philippine Perspective – Commissioner Crispian N. Lao
Vice Chair National Solid Waste Management Commission, Office of the President, The Philippines

Controlling Marine Plastic Pollution – Singapore’s Policies & Measures – Mr Christopher Lee Yew Binn, Chief Engineer, Waste and Resource Management Dept National Environment Agency (NEA)

MARINE PLASTIC DEBRIS MANAGEMENT IN VIETNAM – Dr. Hien Van Dao, Deputy Head, Department of Pollution Control and Environmental Incident Response, Viet Nam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI)

6 September 2017 – Session III: Harnessing People Power: Educating the Public on Marine Plastic Debris – Approximately 80% of marine pollution originates from land. As a result, communities are a large contributor and a key partner in providing solutions. This session will focus on innovative tools to change attitudes that will enhance national waste management strategies and move towards a zero-waste economy.

Session III Moderator: H.E. Foster Gultom, Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Session III Panelists and speakers: 

Sea Cleaners – Captain Hayden Smith

Mangroves for the Future – Alex McWilliam, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Bye Bye Plastic Bags Campaign – Melati and Isabel Wijsen, founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Green Generation Indonesia, Pandu Wicaksono, Founder and President of Green Generation Indonesia


7 September 2017 – Session IV (part 1) Harnessing Innovation and Practical Solutions: The Place of Private Sector. The Private sector can play an important role in contributing to sustainable production of goods, operating effective waste-management services and developing and scaling a plethora of ‘clean-up’ projects. There is significant scope for the private sector, working together in unique partnerships, to drive small to large scale innovative solutions.

Session IV (part 1) Moderator: Tim Anderson, New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner to Indonesia

Session IV (part 1) Panelists and speakers: 

Lets Talk Trash – Jill Boughton – Waste to Worth

Harnessing innovation and practical solutions – Robert Kaplan – Closed Loop Fund

7 September 2017 – Session IV (Part 2) : Harnessing Innovation and Practical Solutions: Views from the Business Sector 
This session will provide an opportunity for the private sector to showcase their challenges and successes. The discussion will provide an opportunity for non-government representatives to share ideas on how local and national governments can support further innovation and practical solutions on the issue of marine plastic debris

Session IV (part 2) Moderator:  Stephen Harris, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand

Session IV (part 2) Panelists and speakers:

Ocean Plastics: Time to scale solutions – Piyush Bhargava – Vice President, Global Operations, Dell Inc.
Introduction of Urban Waste Thermal Treatment Technologies –  Shinji Higuchi , Committee Member, Japan Environmental Facilities Manufacturer Association (JEFMA)
Enviroplaz International –  Alister Lawrence, Chief Executive and Director Enviroplaz International Ltd.


7 September 2017 – Session V: Toward a Regional Plan of Action

Drawing on SDG # 14 and other regional and international examples, this session will consider whether a plan of action could be agreed to support, focus and catalyze further efforts to address marine plastic debris in the region. This session will allow all EAS participating countries to contribute to the discussion on pathways forward, including a possible regional plan of action.

Session V Moderator: H.E. Jose Tavares, Director-General for ASEAN Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Session V Panelists and speakers:

Working Towards a Strategic Regional Direction for Marine Litter Prevention and Mitigation – Ma Bella Guinto – Solid Waste Management Advisor, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Implementing and sustaining a regional action plan – Stephen Adrian Ross, Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer, Partnership in Environmental management of the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)
SHARING EXPERIENCE ON THE G20 ACTION PLAN ON MARINE LITTER – Heike Imhoff – Head of Division, Protection of the Marine Environment, Germany (to share experience on the G20 action plan on marine litter)
East Asia Summit (EAS) Conference on Combating Marine Plastic Debris – Toward a Regional Plan of Action – Dr. Anjali Acharya – Senior Environmental Specialist, Environment and Natural Resources, World Bank Group
Jerker Tamelander – Coordinator of the Regional Seas programme for the East Asian Seas, and Head of Coral Reef Unit, UNEP (presentation via video)
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