In March 2018 we co-initiated the International Waste Platform

As a member we committed ourselves to align objectives with our partners at International Waste Platform

Collective impact : stakeholder networks from 31 countries united to collaborate on Ocean Action, Climate Action, addressing pollution from land-based, riverine and marine-based sources and advancing Circular Economy development.

Our collective expertise : insights in

  • Country specific information regarding waste and pollution
  • Multi-sector stakeholder network within our countries
  • Efforts to solve the waste crisis
  • International collaboration

Partners for progress in

International Waste Platform was initiated in March 2018 in San Diego by participants from the following countries: Indonesia, Portugal, Australia, South Africa (regional), USA, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Taiwan and Ghana.


Representatives committed themselves to align objectives, to support the implementation of strategies of Ocean Action and Climate Action, as well as to share ideas, best practices, concepts, programs, knowledge and opportunities; including the reduction of plastic debris at the source, before it enters rivers and the coastal environment.

Country / regional networks and national marine debris networks make a difference in societal behaviour change and environmental policies by providing input and promoting action which aims at finding solutions to reduce (ocean) plastic pollution. Country and regional networks are instrumental to reach the prevention and reduction of marine pollution, facilitate and foster the establishment of national and international partnerships in a multi-stakeholder approach.

Scope of work

  • Mapping of stakeholders and stakeholder groups and their programs;
  • Promoting and facilitating cross-sector collaborations and facilitate advancing synergy in agendas;
  • Capacity building of stakeholders;
  • Campaigning to promote reduction of single-use plastics use and implementation of alternative delivery models
  • Lobby for inclusion of environmental education in national curricula to advance waste and climate change literacy;
  • Lobby for mandatory international standardisation of recycling information on packaging and bins and mandatory recyclability verification;
  • Lobby for transparency in the recycling sector
  • Stakeholder engagement in national and international action plans and strategies;
  • Promote the forming of such national action plans and strategies in countries/regions which not yet have developed these;
  • Country/ regional specific activities;
  • Responding to the call for action on SDG17.