The Pacific Island countries (Kiribati, FSM, RMI, Palau, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu), the Samoa Recycling and Waste Management Association, SPREP and J-PRISM made a strong presence in the recently held 9th 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific held from the 4th to the 6th March 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Pacific delegation were among the 500 participants who gathered and discussed the transition to a circular economy and sufficiency economy. This year’s theme, “3R as a Way for Moving towards Sufficiency Economy – Implications for SDGs”, is very relevant considering the global issue on plastic wastes which, if not managed well, is polluting over our valuable oceans and marine resources. The challenge now is to put the circular economy and sufficiency economy philosophies in the Pacific context.
The PICs reported the developments on the implementation of the Hanoi 3R Declaration and made a strong impact on initiatives such as the Container Deposit legislations and banning single-use Plastic Products which have yet to be considered in bigger counterparts in the Asian region.
SPREP’s Waste Management and Pollution Control Programme Director, Dr. Vicki Hall, and JICA’s Global Environment Department’s Director overseeing the J-PRISM Project, Mr. Mimpei Ito, acted as resource persons in some of the plenary sessions. The PICs and our recyclers also had the opportunity to network with waste-related businesses across Asia and explored and assessed relevant technologies working well in our Asian counterparts during a roundtable dialogue to advance 3R through Public Private Partnerships in both regions.
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