On the 21st of June 2012, Waste Free Oceans Foundation will participate in the forum called Plasticity Rio 2012 which runs in parallel with the “UN Rio+20 Earth Summit” to focus for one day on plastic, the future of the material and where its industry leaders are heading.
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Plasticity Rio '12 will explore the innovations and solutions that leaders in their respective industries and communities are undertaking to ensure that plastics and used materials are treated as a resource, therefore minimizing its impacts on our shared global ecosystem.
The forum is organised by groups from the public and private sector and is supported by the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) global programme of action for the protection of the marine environment from land-based activities. Other organisers include leading innovators, such as Google, the Clinton Foundation, and Business for the Environment (B4E).
Mr. Luc Mellaerts, WFO Vice-President will attend as representative of our foundation. He noted: “WFO is contributing to remediation to existing pollutions and removal of floating marine debris at environment hotspots in coastal areas. It is a movement that is developing very fast on a global level with an appropriate management structure in place now.
WFO is keen to work with international bodies and local authorities to find permanent solutions and avoid littering of seas and rivers. Meanwhile many environment hotspots are being identified on a daily basis and these need to be clean up in view of recovery and recycling and this with the assistance of all stakeholders including consumers”.
Waste Free Oceans Foundation (WFO) is a ground breaking public-private initiative aimed at mobilizing and uniting the fisheries sector and the international plastics industry in combatting the growing issue of floating litter on the coastlines, at the rivers and in the seas.
Various projects were launched in Europe (France, Belgium and Spain) during 2011 with participation and full support of EU Commissioner Mrs. Maria Damanaki (Maritime Affairs & Fisheries) and MEP Mrs. Anna Rosbach.
During 2012, WFO has launched its activities in new countries: Portugal, Sweden, Austria and Turkey, attracting large attention and congratulations of different sectors.