Pacific leaders: indigenous knowledge must be part of policy development for plastic waste solution

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Scientists and policymakers must include indigenous knowledge and practices in developing solutions to the plastic garbage problem in the Pacific islands region, Pacific leaders said.

The adoption of traditional practices was among the recommendations made

by Pacific leaders and high-level representatives during the Environmental Ministers’ High-Level Talanoa, which took place last week at the conclusion of the 30th Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (SPREP) meeting of officials.

In the Pacific Regional Declaration on the Prevention of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution and its Impacts, the Pacific leaders emphasized the need for accessible information and scientific research to come up with evidence-based and coherent policy.

The declaration stressed the importance of incorporating indigenous and traditional knowledge systems, practices and innovations as appropriate, together with their free prior and informed consent, that have evolved through generations into nature-based solutions for the sustainable conservation of ecosystems as an integral part of the solution to the plastic pollution crisis.

“We, representatives of the people of the Pacific region and stewards of the world’s largest ocean, meeting at