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Pacific countries are being urged to make better consumer choices to keep the Pacific Clean.

The call comes from the Director-General of the Secretariat of Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP), Mr. Kosi Latu, as stakeholders in the Pacific waste sector countdown to the Third Clean Pacific Roundtable (3rdCPRT), scheduled for 16 -25 November 2021.

 “For many years our ancestors lived in a traditional society but in the last couple of decades we’ve witnessed a shift from a traditional society to a consumer society,” Mr. Latu said.

“The result is the influx of commodities and goods which are designed and packaged for storage life and convenience. This has resulted in an unprecedented increase in wastes. The increased pressures of human-induced activities such as pollution, population growth and coastal developments coupled with the adverse impact of climate change threaten our environment, social and economic resilience.”

This trend cannot be allowed to continue and the SPREP Director-General has called on all stakeholders to act now.

“We must promote recycling and adopt a more innovative approach to using traditional alternatives,” he said. “This is consistent with the Cleaner Pacific 2025 call for a shift from a linear economy to a circular economy where we import commodities that can be used, recycled, and reduced to recyclable waste. To make this happen we need to engage and incentivize the private sector and empower civil societies by creating opportunities for employment.”

Facilitated by SPREP, with members and partners, the 3rd CPRT aims to facilitate networking and dialogue, improve donor coordination, mobilize technical and financial resources and develop monitoring and reporting methods to monitor the progress of the Cleaner Pacific 2025. This year’s roundtable is a partnership between the Government of New Caledonia as host with Acotred Pacific, the cluster of Pacific waste collection and treatment professionals formed in 2011, and SPREP.

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