Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Alistair McIlgorm, Ph.D

National Marine Science Center, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Controlling Marine Debris in the APEC Region: Can Understanding Costs and Benefits Motivate Economies to Control Marine Debris?

Wednesday- September 10, 2008

Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

Professor Alistair McIlgorm is the Director of the National Marine Science Centre, (The University of New England and Southern Cross University) Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia. He is an MBARI visitor in September 2008 working on science and marine economic issues with Dr Judith Kildow, MBARI. Recently he has been undertaking a research project on "Understanding the economic costs and benefits of controlling marine debris in the APEC region", an initiative of the APEC Marine Resource Conservation (MRC) Working Group. APEC is a Pacific rim group of 21 economies aligned for Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation.
The study has been a desktop and email survey of marine debris policies in 21 member economies and available cost and benefit data. This arose after many scientific reports that have identified the impacts of marine debris on marine life (plastic, turtles etc).
The workgroup felt that empirically it appears many nations do not see these problems as meriting behavioral change. An alternative cost and benefit approach was envisaged.
Following the draft report to the MRC, a two day in-economy workshop was recently held in Jakarta Indonesia with a group of 15 government and non government participants...road testing the approach taken by the project.


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