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On Monday, 24th of April 2023, we organized the first seminar of the international webinar series “Agricultural plastics – Identifying knowledge gaps and demands for safe and sustainable use and management”. The first seminar focused on the Asian scenario: an agriculture sector rapidly transforming from mainly traditional to mechanized agriculture, in a socioeconomic context facing food security challenges – including those related to climate change.
The webinar specifically aimed at contributing to the effort of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations towards the formulation of a Code of Conduct on agricultural plastics for national authorities, farmers and industries operating in the sector. It also aimed to provide background that is useful for framing effective provisions on agricultural plastics under the upcoming Global Plastic Treaty.
During the webinar we also launched a digital survey to gather multi-actors’ knowledge and perspectives to enable mapping main knowledge gaps. This information will be used to elaborate the FAO code of Conduct. The date and speakers for the second seminar “Plastic in agriculture: A global perspective” will be announced soon.
With a projected growth of 50% in the next decade, plasticulture is gaining importance in agriculture worldwide. Plastic litter and microplastic pollution are caused by inadequate use and poor management of agricultural plastic waste. Agricultural sustainability and resilience require understanding on both the benefits and costs of plastic use.
In the context of emerging economies and developing countries, IKHAPP addressed the knowledge and capacity gaps associated with plastics in global agriculture.
We invited domain experts from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America to work together on the development of a synthesis document contributing to the international governance effort of formulating a code of conduct and policy options for achieving zero plastic pollution in agriculture.
|Welcome adress||Richard Thompson, Agricultural Plastics and Sustainability Specialist, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)|
|Introduction to IKHAPP
|Girija Bharat, Mu Gamma Consultants, India|
|The international developments on the use of plastics in agriculture
|Lauren Weir, Senior Ocean Campaigner, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)|
|Knowledge requirements for making inventories of use and waste management of agricultural plastics
|Demetres Briassoulis, professor, Agricultural University of Athens|
|What do we know about the levels and effects og plastic pollution in soil?
|Rachel Hurley, Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)|
|Fostering sustainable agriculture with plastics: A promising solution for the future
|Smita Mohanty, Pr. scientist, Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET), School for Advanced Research in Petrochemicals (SARP)|
|Panel discussion: The critical data gaps and research that are required to be addressed in order to resolve issues with regard to plasticulture||Chair: Giulia Carcasci, agricultural Plastics and Sustainability Specialist, FAO
Divya Sinha, scientist and department head, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Government of India
Satish Sinha, associate director, Toxics link
Defu He, professor, East China Normal University
Nityamanjari Mishra, scientist, Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar, India
Santhiya Ananth, policy coordinator, Children & Youth Major Group to UNEP
|Closing remarks and webinar moderator||Luca Nizzetto, Lead Scientist, IKHAPP / NIVA|