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Can Plastic Laws Get a Boost in Asia?

May 6, 2022

This is episode two, of a three-part podcast series exploring the Global Plastic Treaty. The series is co-produced by the Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Sustainable Asia.

Rosa-Liza Eisma-Osorio, Legal and Policy Director at the NGO Oceana, is taking on the Philippine government.  A decades-old solid waste management law has not been enforced, contributing to massive piles of plastic—where waste pickers make their livelihood. Will the courts require the government to start banning single-use plastic? And can a UN plastic treaty reinforce southeast nation's waste management and data collection laws to finally make a dent in the plastic waste crisis in Asia?

This audio documentary was made possible with support from The Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership.


  • Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio, Legal and Policy Director, Oceana, the Philippines
  • Dr. Simachaya, President, Thailand Environment Institute

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