Monday, September 14, 2020

On September 10, 2020, the University of Nairobi in conjunction with the University of Surrey held a high level meeting called Building Bridges.

The event held virtually brought together stakeholders in the plastics sector including but not limited to academics, lawyers, industry and manufacturers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, the Caribbean, Sweden, Australia, Brazil and the United Kingdom. 

Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy’s Prof. Nicholas Oguge said that the aim of the meeting was to build bridges across disciplines, between industrial sectors, from the North to the South.

“It is the first meeting of the Global Plastics network which will influence the development of the project and trigger the snowballing approach to building the network,” he noted.

The Governing Plastics Network led by Prof. Oguge explores all aspects of plastic use, from the composition of plastics that are imported across Africa to the slum communities who make a livelihood from selling and cleaning discarded plastics. In a quote from the Cambridge Network, Prof. Oguge said, “By looking at plastics as part of the circular economy, this GCRF network offers an exciting and important chance to join academics, industry and community groups to improve social structures for our citizens. If plastic waste can be incorporated into a circular economy, then it is no longer waste but part of a sustainable solution that can provide employment.

The Building Bridges meeting was divided into two sessions with one involving watching a documentary-“The Story of Plastics” and commenting on it while the other session involved representatives from partner countries presenting summaries of their respective countries profile regarding plastics pollution governance.

Click on the link below to watch the “Story of Plastics”

For more information about Governing Plastics Network click on this link

For more information about Global Engagement Networks click on this link