Micro (Nano) Plastic Research in Africa:
DEVELOPING A ROADMAP
An Interactive webinar session to deliberate on the state of micro (nano) plastics research and collaboration among researchers both within and outside Africa. Speakers are drawn from different fields of plastic pollution in Africa and abroad, with diverse backgrounds in academia, policy making and waste management.
February 4, 2021
|04 Jan. 2021||Topic||Speakers|
|13:10 – 13:25 (WAT)||Decades of Microplastic Research in Africa – Prospects and Challenges||Emmanuel Akindele|
|13: 25 – 13: 40 (WAT)||Collaboration on Microplastic Research in Africa – Benefits and anticipated results||Trishan Naidoo|
|13:40 – 13:55 (WAT)||Accessing Fund for Research: African Marine Waste Network Experience||Representative, African Marine Waste Network, South Africa|
|13:55 – 14:10 (WAT)||Policy guidelines on Plastic pollution and Regulation of single-use plastics -Canadian Experience||Chelsea Rochman|
|14:10 – 14: 25 (WAT)||Efforts towards plastic pollution control in Africa||Ms. Adiza Uyo, Founder, stopdontdrop, Nigeria|
Adiza Uyo is a graduate of English Language and holds a Masters degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy; she is a passionate environmental advocate and the convener of Stewards of the Environment for Sustainable Change Initiative (SESCI) also known as Stop Don’t Drop, an Abuja-Nigeria based Non-profit/Non-governmental organization leading the campaign to end the pollution of her city’s source of potable water supply from medical waste and microplastics and the practice of littering in Nigeria.
Adiza through her NGO help build citizen’s capacity towards effective waste disposal, empowers communities with skills and knowledge towards creating green jobs, and embark on projects that plug the knowledge gap in the waste management sector through research and engagement with government and policy makers to make effective legislation that solve current waste management challenges.
Adiza is dogged and resilient about finding sustainable solutions to environmental issues that plague her community.
Emmanuel O. Akindele (Ph.D.)
Emmanuel is a Freshwater Ecologist and Conservationist, and Senior Lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His research interests focus on freshwater ecosystem conservation, because of his professional training in conservation in the UK, USA and the Netherlands. He investigated the conservation values of freshwater systems using the macroinvertebrate index approach. He also carries out research in freshwater ecotoxicology vis-a-vis heavy metals and other toxicants. He has also been a visiting researcher at the German Federal Institute of Hydrology where he investigated the occurrence of microplastics in some freshwater invertebrates from Nigeria.
Dr. Trishan Naido
Dr Trishan Naidoo completed his PhD in 2018, which focused on topics related to microplastic pollution and its impacts on fish within KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. During his PhD research, he was actively involved in projects aimed at 1) quantifying environmental levels of plastic pollutants within the nearby coastal zone of KwaZulu-Natal; and 2) understanding the impact of microplastics on local fish (Ambassis dussumieri and Mugil cephalus). He subsequently published papers on 1) the environmental levels of plastic pollution within estuaries and the marine environment; 2) the ingestion of microplastics by wild mullet; 3) methods to isolate microplastics from juvenile fish; and 4) on the growth impairment in juvenile fish arising from microplastic ingestion. The above was accomplished despite limited access to the necessary polymer identification techniques. In 2019 he visited the University of Plymouth, UK as an ACU Blue Charter Fellow where he was able to access a FTIR with microscope attachment which allowed smaller microplastic particles to be characterised.
Chelsea Rochman (Ph.D.)
Chelsea is an Assistant Professor in Ecology at the University of Toronto and a Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy. Chelsea received her PhD in Ecology from a joint program between University of California, Davis and San Diego State University in 2013. She then was a Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Biology. She is currently a Sloan Fellow. She was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2016. Chelsea has been researching the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for more than a decade. She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. In addition to her research, Chelsea works to translate her science beyond academia. For example, Chelsea presented her work to the United Nations General Assembly and at the US State Department. Moreover, she co-founded an outreach group call the U of T Trash Team.