Establishing a baseline of marine plastic litter in the Philippines

August 10th, 2023

The challenge

To help the Philippines tackle plastic waste, recommendations for the development of a harmonised litter monitoring programme across the Philippines and the establishment of a plastic litter monitoring plan is needed.

Day 1 of a two-day classroom lecture given by Dr Denise Hardesty, at Central Park Reef Resort, Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines.

This will enable Asia-Pacific Regional estimates and comparisons to achieve national and regional objectives.

Our response

Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Embassy in the Philippines, this project’s goal is to establish a national baseline of marine plastic litter in the Philippines.

The project aims to strengthen land and sea-based litter management. It will bring together the expertise of colleagues from organisations around the Philippines who work on plastic pollution research, monitoring, and management, and discuss the opportunities for establishing a monitoring plan that can be used to identify, implement, and measure the effectiveness of future waste reduction strategies.


The project will build capacity among staff working in national focal agencies and other relevant local and national government entities in the Philippines on marine litter monitoring methods. It will also develop an awareness raising program to reduce littering, including community surveys and focus groups, to identify barriers and inform an appropriate intervention.

For more information and news on the project click here.

Survey team undertaking a coastal survey at Judy’s Park as part of establishing a baseline of litter in the Philippines, Limay, Bataan in February 2023.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist