• The Circulate Initiative

7th International Marine Debris Conference (7IMDC)

Updated: Nov 10

18-23 September 2022


The Circulate Initiative and The World Bank Group jointly hosted a panel discussion, titled ‘Plastics circularity in the ASEAN region: Exploring investment to scale innovation’, at the 7IMDC in September. Moderated by Ellen Martin, The Circulate Initiative’s Director of Impact and Insights, participating speakers explored the challenges and opportunities for investment and policy to support the region’s plastic innovation ecosystem.


Umesh Madhavan, The Circulate Initiative’s Research Director also presented at a session hosted by Resilient Cities Network and Ocean Conservancy, spotlighting the Urban Ocean program. The session featured presentations by the Semarang City Council and Alcaldía de Panamá - both part of Urban Ocean’s first cohort of partner cities - as well as insightful perspectives on the powerful role cities have to play in creating a plastic-free ocean.