Capacity mapping for assessment and monitoring of plastic pollution
Live Session 4: May 26 17:00-18:00 (GMT+7)
The thrust of the CounterMEASURE project is to promote the development of evidence-based, contextually relevant policy interventions and countermeasures to stem plastic pollution in Asian rivers. However, such unconventional, innovative approaches to policy development often require consistent and reliable data on plastic pollution flow from land-based sources, leakage points, and plastic litter flux into river bodies. Good and timely data on plastic pollution obtained via reliable assessment and monitoring programmes are critical to shape and support policy development and implementation across different policy areas, as well as to guide the effective allocation of financial resources and capacity building efforts. To effectively design and support the implementation of plastic pollution and assessment programmes of the nature of the region-based approach developed under the CounterMEASURE project, it is necessary to understand the availability of relevant capacity assets to adequately support and sustain its implementation. Typically, plastic pollution assessment and monitoring programmes can be resource-intensive, and as such, requires careful and strategic planning to successfully execute. The challenges of ensuring sustainability of the programme through careful planning and allocation scare resources may become even more daunting when functional and technical capacities are not adequately mapped, and utility maximized. As such, mapping of capacities for assessment and monitoring of plastic pollution is essential to ensure successful implementation. Capacity mapping in this context aims to basically scope, identify, and map out capacity assets at communities or local governments, national and sub-regional institutions, and agencies to support monitoring and assessment programmes.
This session aims to share knowledge gained from the exercise on capacity mapping for plastic pollution assessment in the Lower Mekong and also stimulate considerations for strategic policy formulation and action, and planning by relevant stakeholders.
The session will provide an overview of the following;
The conceptual approach to capacity mapping for plastic pollution assessment and monitoring
Findings of a rapid capacity mapping exercise for plastic pollution assessment and monitoring in the Lower Mekong.
Contributions and comments from participants to improve the capacity mapping approach
What to Learn
Participants would gain an understanding of the status of capacity assets for assessment and monitoring of plastic in the Lower Mekong. Multi-dimensional aspects of functional and technical capacities assets for assessing and monitoring land based and riverine plastic litter, at local, national, and sub-regional level would be explored.
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