SEFA 2018 | A Holistic Solution to Papua’s Plastic Pollution

Door Redactie


20 nov, 2018

Het rapport ‘A Holistic Solution to Papua’s Plastic Pollution’ is opgeleverd door de SEFA groep 2018. Een mooie bijdrage aan ons integrale plan, waarbij we duurzame economische initiatieven -liefst van grote Nederlandse bedrijven- naar Papoea willen brengen.




“In front of you lies a research report that aims at shedding light to a region of the world that is still unknown to many. This study, conducted by five students from the University of Amsterdam, has the objective to contribute to a comprehensive development plan for West Papua by focusing on sustainable plastic recycling.

The current report is the second report in a series of two. This two-part research report tries to manifest how to set up a recycling system in Sorong, West Papua, from start to finish. The first report, Sustainable Plastic Waste Management in Developing Countries (2018), serves as a general fundament for whoever desires to initiate a recycling system in a developing country, whereas the current report can best be described as a comprehensive business case, specifically for Sorong.


We can not direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”

Forests are considered the lungs of the earth. A majority of the countries around the globe is struggling to match their population’s plastic outflow. Especially developing countries have difficulties handling their (plastic) waste, primarily caused by economic development and the widespread use of plastics due to the low oil prices. West Papua is not an exception. This puts tremendous pressure on the country’s natural environment and the animals living within. Fortunately, West Papua is still rich on natural resources and one of the largest “green lungs” of the world.

This research has the goal to take the initial step into the process of setting up a plastic recycling factory in West Papua. The current plastic situation is profiled, recycling related issues are determined, and potential solutions are recommended.

As part of the Masterplan of the Foundation for Sustainable Society Papua Barat (SDSP), we have created a report to help Papuans preserve their rich environment they traditionally embrace. Use the current report, together with the first report, and help us develop one of the last true paradises of the world in a sustainable way. We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”




Over het SEFA project 2018

Voor de derde maal op rij hebben het International Development Project van de studievereniging SEFA (Universiteit van Amsterdam) en de SDSP een samenwerking. Dit jaar ging een team van 5 studenten naar Papoea om te onderzoeken hoe we het plastic project naar een volgende stap kunnen brengen.

Lees meer over het SEFA project 2018.


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Over Keep Papua Clean

We willen lesprogramma’s milieueducatie ondersteunen op scholen in de regio West Papua met als doel bewustwording van de gevaren van plastic en afval. In samenwerking met onze counterparts: de lokale stichtingen Papua Maju (Sorong) en afdeling Sobat Bumi (Manokwari) willen we de lesprogramma’s binnen 3 jaar hebben gerealiseerd op alle basisscholen in Manokwari en Sorong. We zijn reeds begonnen met een pilot op 2 scholen in Manokwari.

SDSP werkt langs 3 sporen aan het plastic en afvalprobleem in West Papua: educatie; verwerking van afval en beïnvloeding van overheidsbeleid.

Lees meer over het project Keep Papua Clean

Lees het Keep Papua Clean projectplan (pdf, 2MB)

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