International Union for Conservation of Nature / Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Innovative Plastic Leakage Action: From Source-to-Sea

Tuesday 27 August | 17.00-17.45 | Room: L7
IUCN Global Water Programme

Up to 12 million tons of plastics flow into the ocean every year. Plastic pollution is a design, production, consumption and disposal challenge that must be tackled across the entire value chain. Focusing on sharing IUCN’s approach to tackling the plastic pollution crisis, this showcase will highlight IUCN’s replicable Plastic Leakage Action Assessment approach, which provide national partners with data and analysis to inform decision-making, action plans to reduce plastic leakage, and globally comparable and nationally-relevant plastic leakage baselines, evidence on which to set targets, and a means to track progress towards those targets.

IUCN is currently deploying this approach in 13 locations across Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. The various components and initial findings will be presented through a short video. Panel experts will then take deeper dives into each component. 

IUCN and Sida will also highlight how they are working together to support circular economy in practice by funding local level actions reducing or preventing plastic leakage. The replicability and scalability of these actions will be demonstrated as well as how circular economy, together with conservation, can be a profitable business undertaking.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


The session “Closing the plastic tap: innovation from source-to-sea” is structured around an interactive dialogue with experts on innovative approaches to addressing the marine plastics problem. Experts will start the conversation by discussing the challenges, opportunities and benefits in closing the plastic tap. Participants will then be invited to ask questions to the experts on this topic.  

Moderator:Minna Epps, Director of IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme (GMPP)

17.00 Welcome

Minna Epps, IUCN [3mins]

17:04 Opening: Purpose of the session and demonstration of how this showcase fits within the source-to-sea day and other plastics related sessions
Maria van Berlekom, Sida

17:08 Discussion with experts [Experts will be invited to respond to answers from the moderator and the audience using mentimeter]

  • National plastic hotspotting from source-to-sea and shaping action: how to provide decision-makers with diagnostic on status and scope of plastic pollution
    Feng Wang, UN Environment
  • The different policy areas of the plastic value chain: lessons learned from Eastern and Southern Africa and Southeast Asia
    Beom-Sik, Senior Liaison Manager between IUCN and the Korean Ministry of Environment
  • Circular economy for packaging: challenges and opportunities
    Lisa Ryden, TetraPack
  • Effective local small-scale circular economy initiatives avoiding or reducing the amount of plastic leaking into the environment
    Peter Manyara, IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office

17:38 Wrap up by moderator

17:40 Closing and take away message
Maria van Berlekom, Sida

17:45 Invitation to join IUCN for drinks
For the official Launch of “Review of plastic footprint methodologies” publication

17:45 End of session