Updates from the ongoing political and scientific processes to reduce plastic pollution.


In this episode, the IGES podcast team met with CCET researcher Amila who shared the latest updates on international plastics governance.  Among others, he described details of the international negotiations committee that was formed last year to define a legally binding instrument to curb plastic pollution. We heard who is on that committee and what they do when they meet. He also explained details and challenges around what is called the life cycle approach and explained why experts are working on approaches to account for the impacts of plastics throughout their entire life cycle. In this regard, we were also able to hear some examples of the work he and his colleagues are doing to help build the needed capacity at local levels to measure plastic pollution and to be able to take steps to reduce it.


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