Trash Free Waters Workshop

February 14-16, 2017, Kingston, Jamaica

Trash Free Waters (TFW) is a stakeholder-based approach to prevent and reduce marine litter through improved solid waste management and education and awareness.  The emphasis is placed on stakeholders coming together to discuss their biggest solid waste and marine litter issues, identifying priority actions, and implementing low-cost, practical solutions.  The aim of these solutions will be to prevent and reduce trash from entering waterways that eventually end up as marine litter in the Caribbean Sea. Small-scale pilot projects will be identified and implemented with initial funding from UN Environment’s Caribbean Environment Program. 

Following the successful launch of the Trash Free Waters in Jamaica in September last year, the first TFW stakeholder workshop for Jamaica will take place in February 2017 in Kingston.  Approximately 30 participants from key government, non-governmental, academic and private sector  organizations will join UN Environment, Peace Corps and US Environmental Protection Agency to share information, discuss challenges to overcome, and identify priorities and pilot projects that demonstrate cost-effective solutions. 

TFW Jamaica will catalyze the formation of a TFW National Coordination Committee and complement other ongoing and planned marine litter and solid waste efforts.  The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will serve as overall coordinator and UN Environment and US EPA will provide resources and technical support for the workshop.  Peace Corps will work with their volunteers throughout the country to implement TFW in rural communities.  Based on the results of the workshop, at least one demonstration project will be identified and recommendations used to inform other solid waste and marine litter programmes, projects and activities. 

The Agenda and Media Advisory are available below: