AIT-GIC will be sharing its latest approaches to combat Southeast Asia’s plastic pollution problem at the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) Webinar:  Discovering Plastic Leakage Hotspots.

The three-hour webinar will take place on June 02, 2021 (today) from 10:00 – 13:00 (Bangkok Time).

AIT-GIC will present a new three-pronged approach to plastic leakage hotspot identification, which includes: a mobile app for citizen-science based plastic waste data collection, a deep learning model which identifies roadside plastic waste from images (developed in partnership with Google), and a web-based annotation platform called pLitter.

Discovering Plastic Leakage Hotspots is bringing together international experts from UNEP, Google, the University of Georgia, the Mekong River Commission, the Wilson Center, Wageningen University, and AIT-GIC to discuss how the latest technology and citizen science can be used to fight plastic pollution in Southeast Asia.

The webinar and AIT-GIC’s aforementioned research fall under Phase II of UNEP’s CounterMEASURE project. CounterMEASURE aims to identify plastic pollution pathways into Asian river systems. During Phase I of the project, AIT-GIC created a region-based model to monitor and assess macroplastic leakage in the Mekong and Ganges River Basins. Join us to learn how we plan to improve that model with the methods presented in today’s webinar.

Those interested in attending the Discovering Plastic Leakage Hotspots webinar can find out more about the ongoing UNEP CounterMEASURE project by registering through this link.