About the project
IKHAPP comprises a community of scientists in relevant scientific areas and discplines, committed to work towards an environment free from plastic pollution. By providing a common platform, IKHAPP will give voice to this community.
What is IKHAPP?
Plastic pollution is one of the most important global environmental challenges, negatively impacting biodiversity, ecosystem integrity as well as human health and well-being.
While neither the ultimate, nor a single solution to plastic pollution may exist, we assume science should be a major driver of policy making in this arena. The IKHAPP community assumes therefore a constructive role to inspire action and inform decisions through this knowledge hub.
The IKHAPP partners
IKHAPP was launched in 2021 as part of ASAP (Asian Scientific Alliance for Plastic Pollution and Value Network Management) led by NIVA and funded by The Research Council of Norway. In addition to NIVA, the partners that manage IKHAPP are SALT, GRID-Arendal and Mu Gamma Consultants.
In recent years, the network and platform have grown rapidly, and today IKHAPP collaborates with several international actors such as UN-Habitat, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the German development agency GIZ.
In 2022, the UN Environment Assembly initiated the process toward an international treaty to end plastic pollution by the end of 2024. IKHAPP facilitates knowledge-based decisions by facilitating the Scientists' Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty. This is a platform where scientists can answer questions and contribute knowledge to the negotiation process.
How IKHAPP works
IKHAPP shares knowledge by publishing summaries of scientific articles, news and stories written by scientists. The online platform is organised according to different thematic areas, with particular focus on agricultural plastics, the informal sector, clean-up technology, the ASEAN region and the negotiations for an international treaty.
IKHAPP also writes publications, a newsletter and organizes webinars to facilitate knowledge sharing and discussion. IKHAPP shares selected scientific articles in a separate online library, and also hosts interactive data modelling tools.