Ocean Protect and Stormwater NSW are focusing on a zero waste to ocean initiative, which aligns strongly with CSIRO’s Mission to End Plastic Waste. We’re targeting a 90% reduction of plastic entering the environment from waste mismanagement by 2025. We’re focusing on 5 main areas to achieve this ambitious goal, which will be highlighted in the webinar. As we look to post-Covid recovery, we need to think about adaptive approaches to support our people, communities, businesses and the environment. Denise’s talk will discuss the risk framework taken by her team to address plastic pollution as a major economic, environmental and societal issue. She’ll provide examples from some of the research conducted over the last decade plus, and will welcome a vibrant discussion on sources, movement, distribution, impacts and solutions to end plastic waste (including the important role of stormwater in this critical topic).
Dr Denise Hardesty
Dr Denise Hardesty is a principal research scientist for CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere. A broadly trained ecologist, her work has taken her to all seven continents, studying everything from penguins in Antarctica to hornbills in West Africa, the rainforests of central and South America, and looking at plastic waste along the coastlines in Australia, Asia, North and South America and Africa. For the last decade her work has increasingly focused on plastic pollution, looking at impacts on wildlife such as seabirds, turtles and marine mammals, and examining the sources, drivers and distribution of mis-managed waste. Denise’s team takes a risk-based approach to addressing biodiversity impacts resulting from ingestion and entanglement, combining empirical evidence with model-based approaches. Her marine debris work also focuses on gear loss from fisheries, drivers for litter losses into the environment, waste policy effectiveness, and non-point source reduction. Her team’s work address