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Catalysing sustainability transitions in cities in the global south suffering from severe plastic pollution

Project: Research

Description

The world is facing an urgent urban challenge — we need to transition to more equitable, sustainable and resilient cities.

In 2019, the world generated 300 million tonnes of plastic waste. Plastic waste respects no borders and we are now witnessing ubiquitous global plastic pollution, on land, in the air and in rivers and oceans. Cities in the global south are disproportionately impacted. Many low income countries have very limited waste disposal infrastructure and inadequate management of plastic waste is exacerbated by the import of waste from high income countries.

The aim of this project is to identify opportunities to tackle the problem of urban plastic pollution, focusing on two case study sites in low income countries — Nairobi, Kenya and Sylhet, Bangladesh.

This is an interdisciplinary and international collaboration drawing contributions from a wide range of stakeholders, including community activists, local governments, businesses and academia.

Layman's description

The world is facing an urgent urban challenge — we need to transition to more equitable, sustainable and resilient cities.

In 2019, the world generated 300 million tonnes of plastic waste. Plastic waste respects no borders and we are now witnessing ubiquitous global plastic pollution, on land, in the air and in rivers and oceans. Cities in the global south are disproportionately impacted. Many low income countries have very limited waste disposal infrastructure and inadequate management of plastic waste is exacerbated by the import of waste from high income countries.

The aim of this project is to identify opportunities to tackle the problem of urban plastic pollution, focusing on two case study sites in low income countries — Nairobi, Kenya and Sylhet, Bangladesh.

This is an interdisciplinary and international collaboration drawing contributions from a wide range of stakeholders, including community activists, local governments, businesses and academia.
Short titleSustainable transitions to end plastic pollution
AcronymSTEPP
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/11/1931/07/21

Collaborative partners

  • University of Portsmouth (lead)
  • Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO (Project partner)
  • Friends in the Village Development Bangladesh FIVDB (Project partner)
  • AMAL Foundation (Project partner)
  • Mukuru Youth Initiative (Project partner)
  • Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Project partner)
  • Strathmore University (Project partner)
  • Kwale Plastic Plus Collectors (Project partner)
  • Sylhet City Corporation (Project partner)
  • FlipFlopi
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