As waste knows no boundaries, this conference aims to draw together participants from all African coastal and island states. Our hope is that conference delegates with a multitude of backgrounds and expertise will work collaboratively to find shared strategies to solve problems within countries and across borders. In addition, this Network wishes to benefit from the insights and findings from other parts of the world, so a truly global attention will focus on finding the best possible practices for Africa.
The African Marine Waste Conference (AMWC 2017) is hosted by the African Marine Waste Network (AWMN).
AMWC 2017 will provide a global interdisciplinary platform for stakeholders to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the field of debris and marine waste.
Africa is the second-worst polluted continent on the planet and the rate of deterioration is accelerating. The negative impacts on human health, economies, environments, tourism, productivity and prosperity are becoming increasingly prevalent. Contributing to the reasons for accelerated waste accumulation are the recent rapid development of African states and the fastest population and urbanization rates in the world.
These developments have not been matched by commensurate levels of poverty alleviation and job creation. The accumulation of waste on land and poorly managed landfill sites has led to increasing amounts of leakage into rivers, estuaries and seas, with major impacts on the health of the marine environment and tourism. In addition, waste from ships and other marine sources also accumulates along African coasts.