Busan has won the bid to host the 7th International Marine Waste Conference, an international conference hosted by the United Nations Environment Program dealing with the global issue of international marine waste policy.
Over 700 international experts â€“ think marine waste researchers, policy officials and NGOs â€“ from 50 countries and regions are expected to gather at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, tentatively scheduled for September 2022.
Over a period of five days, industry experts will discuss the current situation, problems and effective countermeasures for marine waste worldwide. Presentations will cover topics that include the prevention of microplastics, collaboration in the private sector, effective implementation of laws-regulations-policies, alongside 170 poster presentations.
This is the first time that the conference, held irregularly under the auspices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is being held in a country other than the US.
Busan, located on the south-eastern end of the Korean peninsula, is South
Korea’s second-largest port city. It is a well-known destination for marine tourism and offshore plants related events, having hosted the International Fisheries Convention in 2016.