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Eco-Poverty and Plastic Waste

The challenge of environmental degradation at the times of pandemics and the answers of Environmental Mainstreaming Approach (EMA)


Hereafter, you can access and download the reports and presentations shared during the workshop and the video recordings of the events: 










Aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, plastic waste has become a major component of the global environmental challenge. Negatively contributing to pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change, the ubiquity of plastic represents a triple emergency that must be tackled with effective and innovative initiatives. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has estimated the negative spill-over effects of plastic waste on fisheries, tourism and maritime transport alone be $40 billion per year. Furthermore, up to 1 million people die each year in developing countries because of diseases related to mismanaged plastic waste. Plastic has undoubtedly become a leading driver of Eco-Poverty, a new concept marking the environmental dimensions of global poverty, and often the most vulnerable communities disproportionally bear the impact of ecological degradation triggered by plastic pollution.

All sectors of global society – public and private, in particular the Cooperation and Development community – share equal, yet differentiated, responsibilities towards addressing this grand societal challenge.

With the help of international field-experts, academia and practitioners, the workshop sets the ambitious goal of exploring the role of Environmental Mainstreaming Approach in current policies and practices to address the “pandemic” of plastic. More specifically, it aims at: originally contributing to the understanding of the nexus between plastic and Eco-Poverty; exploring the challenges and opportunities in policy making; presenting original and promising responses from the private sector, civil society and the development communities.



Development Cooperation practitioners; Private Sector and Public Administration actors involved in Sustainable Development initiatives; Academia; General Public interested in the Plastic Crisis and Eco-poverty.



The Task Force of all trainees at “Environment, Climate Change and International Cooperation” course (VIII series) by VIS Advanced Training School (supervisor prof. Massimo Zortea).



  • Opening and Introduction: Eco-Poverty and Plastic Waste
  • Session 1 - The pandemic of plastic: challenges and opportunities in policy making
  • Session 2 - ‘Out of the Plastic’ approaches for a sustainable circular economy after Covid-19 crisis
  • Closing remarks 


Download HERE the full programme and watch THIS VIDEO for more details!

Date:                    July 30, 2021

Time:                    4:00 - 7:30 PM CEST

Format:                4 webinar sessions

Link to the introductive video Eco Poverty and Plastic Waste:     CLICK HERE to watch

Registration:       free access (pre-registration required). CLICK HERE to sign up. 



The participation certificate will be issued upon request.

Inizio Corso30/07/2021
Scadenza Iscrizioni30/07/2021
Durata3 h 30 m

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