Project Title

APEC Seminar on Promoting Circular Economy and Sustainable Materials Management to Effectively Address Marine Plastic Litter in the Asia-Pacific Region 

Project Year

2020   

Project Number

OFWG 04 2020A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

OFWG 04 2020A 

Project Title

APEC Seminar on Promoting Circular Economy and Sustainable Materials Management to Effectively Address Marine Plastic Litter in the Asia-Pacific Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2020 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

92,000 

Co-funding Amount

25,000 

Total Project Value

117,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Oceans and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG) 

Topics

Fisheries; Marine Conservation; Oceans 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Viet Nam 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Chile; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Peru; Philippines; Russia; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2020 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2021 

Project Proponent Name 1

Nguyen Minh Hang 

Job Title 1

Director-General 

Organization 1

Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(84-24) 37995795 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

apecmofavn@gmail.com 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Nguyen Minh Hang 

Project Summary

A research in the Environmental Science and Technology journal showed that 10 river systems, located in heavily populated regions including Asia where littering is common, carry more than 90% of plastic that ends up in the oceans. Furthermore, COVID-19 has sparked a global arms race for personal protective equipment. While no-one disputes the current urgency, people are concerned it could worsen another epidemic: plastic pollution. In fact, in the APEC region, there have been a number of implemented initiatives focusing on cleaning the oceans which would clearly reduce the amount of plastic litter entering the oceans. However, this only touches the tip of the iceberg and could not address the root of the overwhelming amounts of plastic waste generated in the first place as there is nowhere to throw it all away.

For that, the project, with 2-day seminar in the second quarter of 2021 in Viet Nam, is designed to gather all APEC economies, multi-stakeholders and representatives from related institutions and businesses to (i) assess the capacity of economies in promoting circular economy to address marine plastic effectively; (ii) share best practices and innovations of new sustainable materials; packaging and products that use a single or small number of polymers; (iii) identify policy measures to incentivize circular economy practices in design and support innovations and start-ups, particularly those related to new, biodegradable and compostable plastics; (iv) develop a Compendium of Recommendations encouraging cooperation in potential areas to tackle marine plastic litters, particularly in design phase.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Marine plastic pollution, commonly referred to as marine plastic litter, is a major global environmental problem, especially in the APEC region. According to A Plastic Ocean, 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally every year. Half of that plastic is used for disposable items. Furthermore, under the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global arms race has been sparked for personal protective equipment. While no-one disputes the current urgency, campaigners are concerned it could worsen another epidemic: plastic pollution as much of the personal protective equipment being used like gloves, face masks and gowns - is used once before being thrown away. As a result, more than 8 million tons of discarded plastic ends up in oceans every single year.  Moreover, with single-use products, the item is fugitive, escapes the system and can carry the Sars-CoV-2 virus for days on its surface.

Marine plastic litter harms marine species through ingestion and entanglement, violates the integrity of ecosystems, inhibits growth of marine plants, accumulates and transports pathogens that may cause disease and injures to marine animals, plants and humans, and partly ends up in the food chains. To be more specific, A Plastic Ocean estimated that marine plastic debris has impacted over 600 marine species from the bottom to the top of the food chain, many dying a slow agonizing death through entanglement or ingesting plastic. Moreover, it causes economic losses due to reduced fishery yields, declining amenity for tourism and damage to shipping and related infrastructure.

A research published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal showed that 10 river systems, located in heavily populated regions including Asia where littering is common, carry more than 90% of plastic that ends up in the oceans. In fact, in the APEC region, there have been a number of implemented initiatives focusing on cleaning the ocean. Despite the fact that better management of plastic litter would clearly reduce the amount of plastic litter entering the oceans, but that only touches the tip of the iceberg and could not address the root of the overwhelming amounts of plastic waste generated in the first place as there is nowhere to throw it all away. As a result, the best way to solve the root of the challenge is to transition to a circular economy where the crucial concept is the designing out of waste. Take face masks which are made of multiple layers of different materials or polymers as an example. This complexity makes it much harder to recycle such items. APEC economies should create reusable personal protective equipment, where the mask structure is retained and only the filter is thrown away or use innovative materials that can be reused. Also, as the Covid-19 is accelerating the digital tranformation, all APEC economies should take this opportunity to restructure the manufacturing to a more sustainable process and take advantages of technologies to eliminate plastic litter from the designing stage. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: The project matches with the funding priority areas covered by the ASF General Fund including:

(i) Facilitating technology flows and harnessing technologies for the future as the project focuses on promoting circular economy, sustainable materials transition of products manufacturing. All the issues that the project focuses on relates to technology. Through the discussion, participants would gain more knowledge on new technologies currently used in APEC economies. This could encourage APEC economies to harness technology to pursuing circular economy and developing sustainable materials;

(ii) As the project aims at eliminating marine plastic litters in the designing phase to solve the problem from the root, thus the project would preserve the ocean and contribute to safeguard the quality of life through environmentally sound growth;

(iii) Businesses in particular and private sector in general take an important role in promoting circular economy as they are the producer of plastic items. Thus, they will be the main subject of this project to reduce the use of plastic material since the designing phase. Only when businesses, particularly MSMEs change their mind and develop sustainable material for the environmental protection, the issue can be tackled. Therefore, with the aim of increasing the awareness and understanding of businesses on this issue, the project would develop and strengthen the dynamism of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs);

(iv) By organizing a Seminar for participating economies to discuss and share best practices, expertise on the issue, especially with the participation of policy makers, researchers, the project would promote the development of knowledge-based economies. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: By engaging public and private sector, academia, international organization in the implemantation and planning of the project, it is belived that the project would have relevant and necessary inputs to build APEC economies’ capacity. Specifically, through the exchange of knowledge, policy measures and best practices in encouraging innovations to use less plastic or design plastic products in ways that they can be reused, especially medical equipments like gloves or masks in the context of COVID-19 pandemic; developing new technologies that allow more effective and efficient reprocessing of used plastic as well as safer alternatives to traditional plastics, the project will increase the awareness of participants to reduce plastic at the design phase within the value chain which is shifted quickly under the impact of COVID-19.

Objectives

The project aims at tackling the marine plastic litters by promoting the transition to a circular economy where plastic packaging, synthetic textiles and clothing and short-lived products can be reduced at the design and manufacture phase. Given the digital revolution is accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is expected to take advantages of this chance to better achieve the aforementioned objective. Further more, solving the plastic litters in the ocean would protect the ocean environment for the development of tourism which is effected under the wide and deep impacts of the Covid-19, develop the sustainability of the blue economy and contribute to the regional economy recovery post Covid-19.

Also, as a number of travel restriction travel measures and postponed APEC events due to the COVID-19, the project would strengthen and reboot the cooperation and effort of APEC economies in promoting circular economy and sustainable material management to effectively reduce marine plastic litters. Moreover, because this issue relates to a number of sub-fora such as PPSTI, DESG, PPWE, SMEWG, CD,… the project would then promote the collaboration among APEC fora and sub-for a.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The project will strongly support APEC Malaysia 2020 Priority Area 3: Driving Innovative Sustainability, in which the project is in alignment with Innovative Waste Management through Circular Economy.

The project will contribute to the implementation of APEC Viet Nam 2017 Joint Ministerial Statement, which indicates “We encourage all economies and stakeholders, particularly the private sector, to engage in ocean-related cooperation, including investment in sustainable materials management and waste management infrastructure, to reduce land-based sources of marine debris in APEC”.

The project will be in strong support of implementing the APEC Roadmap on Marine Debris endorsed in 2019 to drive efforts on understanding the impacts and costs of marine debris, and developing the required management and prevention approaches, in order to mitigate its impediments to sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific.

The project will support Sustainable Development Goal 14 on Life Below Water to avoid plastic bags to keep the oceans clean and Sustainable Development Goal 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production to recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminum. 

Alignment – Forum: The project will align with the OFWG commitments, one of which is Ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources as well as protection of marine ecosystems needed to support fisheries and aquaculture”. Also, the project will support the OFWG 2016-2018 Strategic Plan’s objectives including (i) maximizing access to the economic benefits derived from sustainable use of the ocean; (ii) promoting the conservation of the marine environment and ocean ecosystems in the APEC region to ensure long-term economic benefits; and (iii) improving the understanding of oceans and marine ecosystems and their economic and social value.

The project is in alignment with priority area on “Sustainable development and Protection of the Marine Environment” in the framework of OFWG 2019-2021 Strategic Plan. Furthermore, the project will contribute to the implementation of OFWG Work Plan 2020.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The outputs of the project will include:

1. A 2-day Seminar which has tentatively 4 main sessions including (i) assessing the capacity of economies in promoting circular economy to address marine plastic effectively, particularly when the digital transition is accelerated under the impact of COVID-19; (ii) sharing best practices and innovations including new renewable, bio-degradable and compostable materials that are not toxic or less toxic than fossil-based plastics; packaging and products that use a single or small number of polymers; (iii) policy measures to incentivize circular economy practices in design and support innovations and start-ups, particularly those related to new, biodegradable and compostable plastics; (iv) developing a Seminar Report with key findings of the Seminar and recommendations to encourage cooperation in potential areas to tackle marine plastic litters, particularly in design phase.

The capacity of economies could be evaluated through the presentations of speakers on their situation of the issue as the project is expected to have speakers representing for both economies that have experience and achievements on this issue and economies that are fresh with this term. Also, the assessment of economies’ capacity can be made by the surveys (more information please see next comment).

Participant groups of the Seminar include public sectors such as policy makers, officials with relevant background on this issue or officials from line ministries of this issue; private sectors like businesses, firms or companies that produce single-used plastic items or have production process using plastic material; agencies or institutions with experts, researchers on this issue.

Speakers/ experts of the Seminar is expected to be (i) government officials, policy makers from economies (maybe from both economies that have achievement in promoting circular economy and sustainable materials or economies that face challenges in promoting the transition in production process to reduce the use of plastic material) to share their best practices, difficulties or measures used for facilitation of circular economy and sustainable material; (ii) businesses that have relevant experience on sustainable materials in the production; (iii) researchers or experts from international organizations and APEC members’ agencies that can provide information or advice measures to promote circular economy and sustainable materials.

2. A set of presentations and documents presented by speakers from APEC economies on related issues of the Seminar.

3.  Surveys including ex-ante and ex-post Seminar surveys on expectation and satisfaction of the Seminar from participants will be handled before the start and after the Seminar.

4.  A Seminar Report with 2 sections. The first section would capture the key findings of the discussion among participants, survey results. The second section would provide a compendium of recommendations focusing on best practices, difficulties and solutions relating to this issue.

A Seminar Report for APEC economies in this issue will be published on APEC website. The Seminar Report will be prepared on the first day of the Seminar Report will be revised and added in by participants. The purpose of this document is to provide recommendations for both public and private sector to change the way they use and manage sustainable materials and produce plastic items, especially medical products in designing stage in order to effectively reduce the marine plastic litters in the oceans. The Seminar Report's length is expected to be 6-8 pages. 

Outcomes: The outcomes of the project are expected as follows:

(i)  The Seminar is expected to maintain and promote the cooperation of APEC’s members by having the participation of economies and cosponsors in stages of the projects, especially after when a number of activities have been delayed in the uncertain context of COVID-19. It is expected that the project would be an opportunity for participating economies to network and cooperate in the future if they have interests in further developing this issue.

(ii) The Seminar will raise greater understanding of participants on circular economy and innovative sustainable materials. In other words, participants will learn from each other through sharing practices and experience on develop new renewable, bio-degradable and compostable materials, particularly materials that can be applied in producing single-use medical items. Thus, the Seminar would raise the awareness of participants, particularly policy makers and businesses on the necessary of solving plastic litters from the root of problem which is the designing and producing phase.

(iii) After being disseminated through different channels (website of APEC, ministries, agencies,…), the results of the Seminar is expected to be an influence in the community (particularly with businesses, agencies,…) to inspire companies to change the way they produce plastic products and institutions to invent new materials.

(iv) The project team expect a great number of participants from APEC economies can share what they learnt from the Seminar with their local organizations and take this into consideration during the process of building long-term development masterplans of APEC economies, making new regulations on circular economy and mapping the business strategies in their economies to reduce the use of plastic in the production.

(v) Even when after the Seminar finishes, the released Seminar Report can be used as a tool or guidance for other organizations in the transition to circular economy and promotion of sustainable materials management. Also, recommendations in this document can be used as reference in future APEC workplan to promote this issue. 

Beneficiaries: The expected primary beneficiaries of the project are:

(i) Government officials, policy makers/regulators who have background knowledge, expertise or working experience on circular economy or sustainable material management can participate in the discussion. The Seminar can provide them information and practices that can be used to develop their economy’s capacity and building a favourable environment for businesses to promote circular economy and create background to develop new innovative materials. Government officials and policy makers can be both from economies that have achievements on this issue or from economies that are fresh with this term. These participants can be from line ministries that in charge of plastic litters, ocean, technologies so that they can gain relevant information from the Seminar. Also, these participants can discuss with speakers on their difficulties or experience in pursuing circular economy, develop sustainable materials. This could be an useful contribution to the Seminar Report.

(ii) Businesses, start-ups, particularly those are producing single-use plastic items or products that have plastic packages can learnt new knowledge or experience from the Seminar such as new designing models of manufacturing, new design items which use less plastic, polymers or even needed knowledge and capacity in preparation for the transition of circular economy. Businesses in particular or private sector in general can provide their opinion and information with a practical angle which will then make the discussion and the Seminar Report more comprehensive and inclusive.

These 02 above mentioned groups would be the ones that the project team would focus the most. These 02 groups will be the target of nomination for funded travel. However, the project team would welcome other participants who are interested in this issue and several side beneficiaries of the Seminar could be:

(iii) Researchers, experts from equivalent institutions can use the outputs of the project as the inputs of their studies on the issues. Researchers participated in the Seminar are expected to be inspired by the Seminar and conduct further studies on developing new sustainable material or promoting circular economy. Also, researchers can be provided several practical view-points on the issue.

(iv) Under the impact of the COVID-19, participation in the Seminar will provide international and regional organizations (UN Bodies, ASEAN, OECD,…) opportunities to enhance and promote the cooperation among international organizations, governments and enterprises in the mutual endeavour to promote the transition to circular economy in which the global production chain is changing faster due to the COVID-19.

(v) Representatives from related working group (PPSTI, DESG, PPWE, SMEWG, CD,…) can ask for more information on this issue if they find it relating to their work or offer opportunities for further cooperation on this issue.

Dissemination

All the outputs of the project such as speeches, power-point presentations from speakers, Seminar Report will be disseminated through electronic publication.

Hard copies of essential materials for the Seminar including agenda, draft of Seminar Report for participants’ discussion will be provided to participants.

The Seminar Report will be submitted to the Publication Section of the APEC Website to be published separately after they are circulated and endorsed by OFWG members.

Relevant media including the official newspapers of the Ministry of Foreign Affair, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment can be used to publish a press release on the Seminar.

The target audience includes those who are interested in, involved directly or indirectly in this regard, including governments’ officials; experts and researchers; business associations and representatives from enterprises, particularly firms that are producing single-use plastic items. Member economies are expected to disseminate results of the Seminar with their respective agencies and business communities through their websites. All organizations, businesses and other participants involved in the Seminar are also expected to share its outcomes.

There is no intention to sell outputs resulted from this project.

Gender

Gender issue will be seriously considered in this project. The project implementation team will try to get similar proportions of men and women basing on their relevant experience and expertise on this issue. In addition, the Contractor will help to collect sex-disaggregated data of participants and speakers/expert which will then be presented in the Project Completion Report.

Also, we will try to integrate gender equality and social inclusion in project planning and implementation by fully taking into account the different perspectives, priorities and challenges that women and men face in related areas. The project preparation will ensure equal participation of women for planning and decision making, among key stakeholders.

Furthermore, the project would try to integrate as much as possible gender issues related to circular economy, sustainable material or technology transition like difficulties of women in promoting circular economy or using sustainable material in the agenda and discussion of the Seminar.

By creating favourable conditions for women to participate in the Seminar and other implementation stages, the project will contribute to pillar “Leadership, Voice and Agency” of APEC Gender Inclusion Guidelines 2017 in which women are valued as contributors, professionals and speakers of the Seminar.

The Seminar will try to reach: (i) At least 30 percent of participants are female; (ii) At least 30 percent of the presentation are conducted by women.

Work Plan

Timing

Tasks

Deliverables

June – July 2020

Revise and finalize Project Proposal

Project Proposal that met the quality assessment

August – November 2020

Collect a list of background reading documents on the topic in collaboration with co-sponsors and OFWG members

List of background reading documents

December 2020 – March 2021

Find suitable contractor from relevant agencies/institutions/academies and consult with contractor on the project.

Draft the contract, the TOR, the PO’s justification to APEC Secretariat

CVs of the contractor

Contract, TOR

PO’s justification for the choice of the contractor

Notice of declaration from the contractor

April 2021

Submit the APEC Project Monitoring Report to the Secretariat (PD-PMU).

APEC Project Monitoring Report

April 2021

Sign contract with contractor

  May 2021

Finalize the list of speakers, send out invitation and request them to prepare presentations

Elaboration of the agenda on the topic in collaboration with co-sponsors and OFWG members

Revised agenda with some key speakers

Confirmed list of speakers

Collection of presentations of speakers.

From Mid-June to Mid-July 2021

Draft and finalize the General Information/AC and finalize the agenda.

Prepare logistic issues to organize the Seminar (finance, secure venue, services and other equipment…)

Collection of documents of the Seminar (agenda, speeches, questionnaire…)

Preparation checklist

Financial portfolio of the Seminar

Late July 2021

Send out invitation to all participants

Prepare logistic issues for speakers and participants from travel-eligible members (advance payment, flight tickets, non-member participation list…)

Confirm the attendance of invited participants

Confirmed list of participants

August 2021

Considerations made to shift the physical event to virtual’. Communicate with Program Director on the matter

Decision made whether shifting physical event to virtual

Late August 2021

Organize the Seminar

Conduct ex-ante and ex-post evaluation surveys on expectation and satisfaction and collect the result by the end of the Seminar

Evaluation survey results

September 2021

Draft and circulate the Seminar Report in OFWG and finalize

Final Seminar Report

1 November 2021

Submit the Final Seminar Report to OFWG

Publish the project outputs online for the Seminar participants, OFWG members and APEC economies.

Online publication on website of APEC and others

28 February 2022

Submit the APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents to OFWG

Final APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents

June 2022

Participate in the Long-Term Evaluation of APEC Projects

Risks

We anticipate that the project may face 6 risks including lacking capable speakers; preparing untimely; difficulty in coordination with other economies; low interest in participating in the Seminar; unexpected shocks; low quality and insufficient information in the report.

To address the risk of lacking relevant speakers, the project implementation team will have to make a list of potential speakers (around 2 months before the Seminar) and work closely with them to secure their participation and ask for a soft copy of presentation before the Seminar.

In order to strictly tackle delays or untimely preparation, project implementation team will guarantee aspects including contract engagement, participants confirmation or venue secure meet the internal deadlines.

Under the impacts of COVID-19, it might be difficult for economies to cooperate in this project. Distance and time difference are also factors that create problems for the coordination among economies. Thus, in order to solve this problem, the project implementation team will make sure that they can work online closely with other economies so the communication is smooth and effective.

Many economies may focus more on other internal issues such as the public health, pandemic prevention or economic growth acceleration more than this issue in the aftermath of the COVID-19. However, due to the increase number of personal protective equipments disposed in and after the pandemic, the project implementation team believe that this issue is essential which will then attract the interest of many participants. Invitation will be sent in a timely and adequate manner. Furthermore, the project implementation plan will try to start encouraging participation among APEC members early, properly during OFWG meetings or other APEC meetings to build a list of participants and speakers before the Seminar. By sending invitation timely and building a list of participants and speakers early before the Seminar, the project team could prepare and ensure a certain number of participants who are interested in the Seminar.

Another risk that the project may face is unexpected shocks. This could be natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or pandemic like COVID-19 which makes a number of APEC events have to be postponed. These types of risks are not easy to be controlled. If natural disasters are extreme like the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project implementation team can change the date to a more appropriate time when the problem is controlled. Also, the project implementation team may request an extension from the APEC Secretariat.

As the Seminar discussion would be a foundation to develop Seminar Report. Thus, there would exist a risk that a low quality discussion in the Seminar would entail an insufficient Seminar Report. In order to solve this problem, it is important for the project team to work with speakers early before the Seminar, discuss with speakers to identify relevant content of the presentation, ask for soft copies of presentations to make it easier for participants to follow and discuss. Despite all the inputs from the Seminar including presentations of speakers, discussion among participants, other relating documents (in a list of background reading documents) can also be used as a reference for the Seminar Report. Also, the Seminar Report would be developed with relevant structure and criteria so that it can be used to evaluated the quality of the Seminar Report.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The stakeholders’ feedbacks and the surveys on participants’ satisfaction and expectation of the Seminar with several indicators such as content, speaker effectiveness, knowledge achieved, logistical preparations, self-assessment of the situation of promoting circular economy and sustainable materials in each economy, satisfaction of female participants will evaluate the Seminar’s effectiveness. Moreover, the Seminar can be assessed whether it meets the proposed objectives by comparing what participants gain from the Seminar. Specifically, the project team will conduct evaluation surveys on participants’ expectation and satisfaction and collect the results by the end of the Seminar for comparison.

The agenda and list of speakers, the surveys, and Seminar papers are timely prepared and collected according to the Work Plan.

Also, it is expected that the Seminar Report can meet the following criteria to ensure the quality:

(i) Structure: the Seminar Report would have 02 sections including (a) the summary of the Seminar with key findings after discussion and (b) a Compendium of Recommendations with best practices;

(ii) The Seminar Report is expected to have 10 recommendations including 03 best practices representing for 3 types of economies: (a) economies having achievements with this issue, (b) economies pursuing circular economy and sustainable material, (c) economies that are fresh with this concept; 04 difficulties that economies are facing in this issue such as the lack of awareness, technological resources, policy framework; market factors; 03 solutions on raising awareness, integrating this issue in major APEC strategy or local strategies; regular dialogue with relating APEC fora, sub-fora and ABAC to promoting the participation of businesses in this issue.

(i)   The Seminar Report’s length is expected to be 6-8 pages.

The Seminar will assess impacts on gender by the accounting number of women participants in the Seminar with: (i) At least 30 percent of participants are female; (ii) At least 30 percent of the presentation are conducted by women. The sex-disaggregated data will be collected and submitted to APEC Secretariat through the Project Completion Report.

The project implementation team will seek to meet approximately 120 participants, 8 international speakers from no less than 13 economies. The project’s team will also monitor the download counts of the Summary Report and the Compendium of Recommendations.

Linkages

The PO will liaise with respective POs of the relevant project to learn about the content for coordination and avoid duplication. The PO will consider inviting representative from related groups in APEC and other non-APEC stakeholders such as UN, ASEAN or APEC Policy Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation and especially the APEC Chemical Dialogue to share their experience, knowledge and expertise as the project is closely aligned with the Dialogue’s work on plastic design.

There are many projects on marine debris or management of marine pollution in OFWG as well as related Groups but few projects focus directly on reducing plastics at the designing phase which will then promote a circular economy, instead most of the projects focus on cleaning the ocean. The project will build on and complement the project on “Promoting APEC Innovative Models in Reducing and Managing Land-based Debris into Oceans for Sustainable Development” initiated by Vietnam.

As mentioned above, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk of environment pollution would be higher including ocean pollution due to the extraordinary increasing use of personal protective equipment. Also, under the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the 4th Industrial Revolution would be accelerated which will then lead to the faster transition of production chains and new innovative products. Considered as the hub of innovation, APEC should take all advantages and efforts to transit to the circular economy for the sustainable development and maintain the position of Asia-Pacific region as the driver of economic growth. As a result, APEC is the best source of funds for this project.

Sustainability

We expect that this project will continue to have impacts after the APEC funding is completed. Participants in the Seminar will gain insights to inform their approaches and improve their practice. Also, they can disseminate good experience and knowledge shared by other participants with their colleagues in their economies. The Compendium of Recommendations can be a guide for people who are interested in this issue to promote circular economy and new materials in their economy even when the project is finished. The APEC participants can use the disseminated Summary Report and Compendium of Recommendations to apply on their own economic situation.

The project’s deliverables will not only promote new practices on develop new design of products with less plastic and expand economies’ understanding of circular economy, but also inspire participants to have further activities and studies on new sustainable materials.

The regular OFWG Meetings will be checkpoint when the members brief each other on the progress of work (changes of policy/regulation, adoption of new policies/regulation to promote circular economy, encourage people to design new products with more sustainable materials and structures to reduce ocean plastic litters).

The project is expected to provide valuable information on the topic relating to circular economy and sustainable material management, especially when the shift in the production chains is accelerate due to COVID-19 pandemic. If there is appetite and interest in a future Seminar specifically on this field, we could consider to promote a follow-up Seminar to go into more details. The outcomes of this work and potential next steps might be highlighted at relevant APEC meetings.

Project Overseers

Ms. Nguyen Minh Hang is Director-General of the Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam. She has been working with APEC fora for nearly 20 years and has been the PO of several APEC projects.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Contractor fees for 500 hours working include:

(i) Participating in collecting and building a list of background reading documents for the Seminar (collecting and analysing information and statistics, conducting literature review with published studies from international organizations on this issue, consulting member economies, business circle and international organisations): 40 hours

(ii) Drafting, revising and finalizing agenda and other documents contingent to the comments of members and stakeholders and draft pre-meeting documents; preparing the Summary of background documents and a power-point presentation to present the key ideas and suggestions from the background reading documents: 110 hours.

(iii) Consulting the speakers and related issues: making suggestion for the appropriate speakers, assisting in inviting and getting their confirmation, guiding the speakers on their tasks and expected outcomes: 60 hours.

(iv) Conducting evaluation surveys on expectations (baseline survey), satisfaction (assess the enhanced understanding of the participants, the possibility of applying the best practices and policies back to their home economies) and recommendations of issues to be further developed (second survey); collecting and analyzing the results; drafting a report on the survey result: 120 hours.

(v) Presenting the background information (from the list of reading documents) at the workshop; taking notes, developing and finalizing the Summary report and compendium of recommendations of the Seminar, including the incorporation of member feedback: 120 hours.

(vi) Working as a coordinator in all substantive matters, such as analysing data; preparing and completing the Monitoring Report: 50 hours

The PO would take the responsibility to ensure the quality and integrity of CRs and MRs while the Contractor assists.

Short-term clerical assistant will collect information from working group, comments from APEC economies and drafting conclusion for the collecting information. Short-term clerical fees will also include translation of Seminar materials, outputs and reports; simultaneous interpretation for the 2-day Seminar.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

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