Workshop on impacts of plastic and details of ban

Plastic pollution is an increasing problem globally and in the Pacific, we are witnessing these impacts first hand.

Plastics are damaging our food security, destroying our environment and impacting our health. All of these affect our economy and reduce our resilience to global environmental, social and economic changes.

At the recent Commonwealth Heads of State conference held in London, Vanuatu and the United Kingdom committed to lead the fight in the Commonwealth against plastic pollution in our oceans. This follows the Prime Ministers bold leadership, announcing the ban on plastics on the 30 July 2017.

The Vanuatu Government is taking proactive steps in reducing the impacts of single use plastics through a ban on single use plastic bags, drinking straws and polystyrene food containers. This ban will come into effect on the 1st July 2018.

In order to increase awareness of the impacts of plastic and the details of the ban, the Government, through the Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade will be hosting a workshop.

The workshop will be facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, and aims to develop a strategy and campaign to educating and modify behaviours of the people towards plastics.

The workshop is slated for the 15th and 16th of May at the Melanesian Hotel, and will host representatives from across Vanuatu society.

For further information contact Toney Tevi (ttevi@vanuatu.gov.vu)

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