Bangkok Plastics Week


Bangkok Plastics Week

09 October 2023 to 12 October 2023


The  Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) organized Bangkok Plastics Week on 9-12 October 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand.  

Bangkok Plastics Week was a series of capacity development events and workshops on data monitoring approaches and regional cooperation to address marine plastic pollution. Government officials from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam attended the event. These events aimed to share best practices, tools, and approaches for data collection, analysis, and management of plastic pollution and marine litter to meet local and national needs, achieve regional priorities, and track progress against global goals. The events also provided a platform for networking, partnerships for collaboration, and peer learning. 


Bangkok Plastics Week Schedule of Events:   

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
09 Oct 2023 COBSEA Regional Workshop on Marine Litter Monitoring
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
10 Oct 2023 SESSION 1: Overview of Approaches: Collecting Data Along the Plastic Value Chain Plastic Waste Data Collecting Approaches and Experiences
An overview of the data collection and monitoring methods on plastic waste
Marie Gouttebroze
10 Oct 2023 SESSION 2: Formal and Informal Waste Management: Working on the Ground and Overcoming Challenges Plastic Waste Data Collection: Current Practices, Key Challenges and Strategies
An overview of the current practices and challenges in plastic waste data collection
Visvanathan Chettiyappan
10 Oct 2023 SESSION 2: Facilitated Discussion Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative: Plastic waste data integration for EPR-readiness of cities and waste diverters in the Philippines
An overview of the background and goals of plastic waste data integration and waste diverters for the EPR-readiness of cities in the Philippines
Charlyn Hibaya-Pendang
10 Oct 2023 SESSION 2: Facilitated Discussion Digital Solutions for Plastic Waste Data Collection and Monitoring
An overview of building digital solutions for Plastic Waste Data collection and Monitoring
Kavinda Gunasekara
10 Oct 2023 SESSION 3: National Plastic Data Management: Approaches to Action Plans Managing Data from Different Sources at National Level and Global Digital Platform of the GPML
An overview of the data management for the Global Partnership on Plastic Pollution and Marine Litter (GPML) and the GPML Digital Platform evolution
Heidi Savelli-Soderberg
10 Oct 2023 SESSION 3: Facilitated Panel Discussion Increasing Waste Recycling in the Global South by Leveraging the Informal Sector
An overview of Kabadiwalla Connects’ approach to informal sector integration in waste recycling
Siddharth Hande
10 Oct 2023 SESSION 3: Facilitated Panel Discussion Developing A National Waste Data Platform: Experience and Recommendations
An overview of the development of a national waste data management platform
Nguyen Thi Thu Trang
10 Oct 2023 SESSION 4: Moving Forward: Addressing Needs, Building Opportunities, and Working with Partners Opportunities for Support in the Global Plastics Treaty
An overview of the support opportunities for the Global Plastics Treaty means of implementation
Roger Joseph (Rocky) Guzman
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
11 Oct 2023 Working Group 3 (co-facilitated by ADB and COBSEA) during Day 1 of Global Plastics Summit
Localizing a Global Mandate: The Role of Regional Bodies and Stakeholders
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
12 Oct 2023 ADB and COBSEA co-facilitated a group participation for Bangkok Plastics Week delegates to attend the Global Plastics Summit, organized by the Economist Impact.


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