About this Platform
Indonesia is in the global spotlight, with scientists estimating the country is the second largest contributor to marine plastic waste in the world.
The creation of waste involves us all, from producers to consumers, regulators to educators. System-wide change can only occur by mobilising us all, by breaking down silos, building mutual understanding, and co-designing appropriate solutions. To drive lasting change, we believe we need to collaborate across geographies, sectors and communities in radically creative and people-centered ways.
Indonesian Waste Platform (IWP) was founded in 2015 to catalyse this collaboration, making it possible for government, business and civil society to work together rather than in silos to design solutions and deliver against Indonesia’s National Plan of Action on Marine Debris. To this end, we are currently focusing on three strategic priorities:
1) Fostering connectivity and collaboration
IWP is the hub of Indonesia’s ocean plastic and waste management community. Our position as a neutral entity allows transparent sharing and inclusiveness, with:
- 2450+ active members on our Facebook page contributing 300+ posts per month sharing news and documents, making new connections, and answering questions peer-to-peer.
- 2000 waste system contacts in our personal address book, of which 75% are local actors.
- 200 official online partners registered on our website, and a further 500 newsletter subscriptions. Our website currently serves as an open-source news platform for Indonesia’s waste movement, and the communication channel of choice bridging government policy documents and announcements with external stakeholders from business and civil society. We have big plans in place to next enhance the website’s functionality as a live network, data repository and collaboration enabler.
Our stakeholder engagement extends from the online sphere into on-the-ground action. For instance, we:
- Individually link existing efforts, to share learnings, avoid duplication, and accelerate impact by building synergistic relationships that would not otherwise have occurred
- Seed innovative solutions, by bringing together unusual partners in conference calls and meetings. For example, we bridged coffee producers, global brands and NGOs to advance rural waste management. We are also co-ordinating the development of a “Flores-friendly” waste certification programme for local businesses, in collaboration with both business and global development academics.
- Hold weekly alignment meetings with government leaders from the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, the Ministry of Fisheries, and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to help advance the civil society component of the National Plan of Action on Marine Debris.
2) Organising national symposia and peer-to-peer capacity building
IWP is recognised for hosting high-calibre events, with each Waste Symposium gathering 100 experts from across the waste value chain for 2-3 days for in-depth discussions. We have a strong track record since 2016, with events held in Labuan Bajo (2016) and Toraja (2017).
We deploy our distinctive methodology to maximise the impact of our symposia:
- Strategic locations are selected, to spark knowledge transfer of best practice from across South-East Asia into new areas with significant waste challenges and limited infrastructure or initiatives in place.
- Close government partnerships with the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries, and the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry ensures strategic alignment with, and full participation of key local and national government stakeholders.
- Local coordinators are recruited for 2 months around each event, tailoring the guest list and agenda to a mapping of specific local issues and stakeholders.
- ~100 experts are brought together, with an equitable representation across government, academia, NGOs, and business.
- Locally relevant data is gathered to drive appropriate solutions: IWP maps local waste infrastructure and collects existing data sources, publishing a report and video for participants to share a common factual baseline.
- ‘Solutions lab’ format makes the symposium more impactful than a conference. We use skilled moderators, and the agenda focuses on the sharing of experience and co-creation of solutions: participants are assigned into 10 working groups for maximum engagement and learning.
- Progammatic Day 3 focused on bringing key stakeholders together to refine and launch specific initiatives, such as: the MARPOL marine waste framework with ports/fishers/industry; waste education with schools/parents/recyclers; “adopt your environment” with tourism/hotels/industry.
3) Leading innovative projects on the ground
IWP also leads targeted projects where there are clear gaps in the existing stakeholder landscape. We approach our projects with the same ethos of fostering collaboration and empowering local stakeholders.
In recent months, we have focused on various projects, in collaboration with local stakeholders.
- Education and waste banks in schools across Indonesia
IWP’s team have been delivering education programmes since 2013, having translated, published, and distributed a leading waste textbook for children. Already, we have worked with 180 teachers across Flores and Komodo islands in a “train-the-trainers” model to bring this curriculum to dozens of schools. Our trainers would be glad to assist with other projects across Indonesia, if travel expenses could be covered by the host organisations. We plan a Training of Trainer for 10 regions to take place in Jakarta (November 2018)
We developed the concept of School Waste Banks and combine the educational component to include developing in-school recycling centres: waste banks that reward children with points for collecting recyclables from their community and families, whilst raising money for the school. The two pilot schools continue to run successful waste banks with impact far beyond the school’s direct waste, and we will now scale up this approach as a vital solution for the significant challenge of rural waste.
2. Coordinating the set-up of the waste management system in Labuan Bajo
Labuan Bajo, like many booming tourist destinations, is facing an acute waste crisis. Its distance from the major processing hubs in Java also makes informal sector recycling largely uneconomic – a challenge shared by a number of other towns and villages in the East of Indonesia.
Since 2016, we have been working to secure national and local government support for a new TPS3R in Labuan bajo, Flores, to address this problem. We have worked to catalyse a diverse coalition of local stakeholders and government leaders, who have recently secured central government funding for the project.
The TPS3R is expected to become operational in Q3 2019, with connections being made to ADUPI members in Java to purchase recyclables.
3. Development of Marine Debris Tracker list in Indonesia
IWP is working with NOAA and Jenna Jambeck to create an Indonesia-specific list to track marine debris, working across the numerous stakeholders who engage in monitoring across the country. We initiated this collaboration to respond to the urgent need for data collection on land-based, riverine and marine-based waste in environment. We radiate this work to other country hubs via the International Waste Platform. The country hubs in Russia, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Vietnam and Nigeria list on Marine Debris Tracker. Other country hubs developed their individual tracking App (Australia) or have been submitting their data to other data bases (Portugal). At International Waste Platform we promote synergy in data collection.
4. Supporting international collaborations at International Waste Platform – co-initiated by Indonesian Waste Platform
At the 6th IMDC, various network representatives agreed to collaborate as members of an International Waste Platform – to reach millions of people, to positively influence national and international decision-makers and bridge stakeholders from governments, businesses, academia, grassroots and other NGOs. This Platform was initiated by participants from the following countries: Indonesia, Portugal, Australia, Africa (regional), USA, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Taiwan and Ghana. Hubs in Philippines, Timor-Leste, Vietnam subsequently joined. Stakeholders in Nigeria, Japan, Russia and India showed an interest to join.
The represented hubs endeavour to bridge cross-sector stakeholders within their regions, map stakeholders and their programs, promote stakeholder engagement in national action plans, and help form such national action plans and strategies in countries/regions which not yet have developed these. Country hubs, or national marine debris networks, can make a difference in societal behaviour change and environmental politics by providing input, making them an essential component of national and international partnerships within any multi-stakeholder setup.
The country hubs support the Sustainable Development Goals SDG 13, SDG 14, SDG 15 and in particular SDG #17 – the establishment of national and international partnerships. Read more about our voluntary commitment to United Nations here:
Who we are:
Nina Van Toulon is the Founder and Director of Indonesian Waste Platform. Nina brings her own experience as a business owner and entrepreneur, and a ten-year track record of network-building and event management in Indonesia’s waste sector.
Marta Muslin is the coordinator for East Nusa Tenggara. Marta has a ten- year track record of Solid Waste Management capacity building, community development and company management.
Fenti Susanti is our stakeholder liason in Jakarta. Fenti brings her academic background in Forestry, Agriculture and Environment from Bogor University.
Muriel Ydo is the coordinator on Bali. Muriel brings her expertise on responsible tourism development and waste management, developed over thirty years of working and living in Indonesia.
For info: Nina van Toulon at firstname.lastname@example.org & Fenti Susanti at email@example.com
 J Jambeck et al, Science, 2015