Plastic Leakage Survey and its finding and data visualization platform

Live Session 3: May 26 14:00-16:00 (GMT+7)


Plastic pollution in Asian rivers has been highlighted in many studies related to marine plastic emission to the world’s oceans, accounting for an estimated 86% of global annual input of plastic into the oceans. Land-based mismanaged plastic leakage into rivers is related to plastic production and use, retail and consumption and end of life (disposal) via ineffective waste management services. The situation is even more complex for the transboundary rivers such as the Ganges and the Mekong that receive inputs from shared basins spanning across multiple countries. The significance of promoting science-informed evidence-driven countermeasures, effective to reduce and prevent the influx of plastic into these rivers is underscored by the economic and social relevance of these rivers. 

The session shares the “CounterMEASURE approach” on how to identify the plastic leakage pathway based on the regional and local contexts extracted from the desk review and field surveys in pilot cities along the Mekong and Ganges rivers conducted by local partners.

The session shall cover the following topics:

  • Concept of plastic leakage assessment and monitoring in rivers

  • Data collection and survey methodology for plastic leakage pathway development

  • The application of GIS for plastic leakage assessment and monitoring

What to Learn

  • Understand opportunities and challenges of implementing plastic pollution assessment and monitoring in rivers

  • Understand designing of the process to develop an effective and evidence-based policy development to tackle the plastic pollution issues,

  • Be ready to catalyze the ecosystem of stakeholders to enhance the collaborative measure to reduce the plastic pollution in rivers


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Amit Jain

Managing Director, IRGSSA,


Dan Tran

Team Leader (Disaster), Senior Research Specialist, Geoinformatics Center (GIC), Asian Institute of Technology


Kavinda Gunasekara

Team Leader (Environment), Senior ProgramSpecialist, Geoinformatics Center (GIC), Asian Institute of Technology


Rajitha Athukorala

Research Associate, Geoinformatics Center (GIC), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)


Pawena Limpiteeprakan

Academic Lecturer, College of Medicine and Public Health, Ubon Ratchathani University

Registration (Open Webex page)


CounterMEASURE GIS Visualization Platform


Plastic LeackageSurvey and its finding: Ubon Ratchathani

Plastic Leakage Analysis Mekong Data Visualization GIS Platform

Conceptual Methodology and standardization for Plastic Hotspotting & Plastic Leakage Survey to adopt countermeasures in an urban setting in India

Macroplastic Assessment Tutorial Video (Developed by IRGSSA)

Live Session Record