Our Work

Goals and objectives

The Durban Partnership against Plastic Pollution (D-PAPP) is a movement to eliminate plastic pollution in the city of Durban and beyond. The movement aims to empower more people and organizations to take action to stop plastic pollution. It recognises that due to the complexity and diffuseness of the crisis, a well-co-ordinated and well-resourced approach is required across all sectors of society. 

The vision of the movement is a city that has zero plastic pollution,  that demonstrates world-class waste management systems and behaviours and that provide pro-poor work opportunities in the green economy. 

The objectives of the movement are to:

1.     Provide information, education and communication on the plastic pollution crisis in marine and coastal environments and feasible solutions

2.     Discourage the use of single-use disposal plastic

3.     Advocate for policy change aimed at reducing plastic pollution

4.     Mobilise and support clean- up efforts

5.     Provide a platform for co-ordinated civil society engagement with public sector authorities

6.     Broker and strengthen public-private-civil society partnership arrangements  to fight plastic pollution in Durban

7.     Support the strengthening of  recycling and upcycling systems and related  pro-poor enterprise development opportunities

8.     Support the city in establishing an inclusive and well-functioning waste management system

9.     Promote the enforcement of existing legislation targeting the causes of plastic pollution

10.  Identify and support innovative demonstration projects to prevent, capture and recycle plastic waste and that create pro-poor work opportunities in the Green Economy

Click here to download a copy of the "Towards a city free of plastic pollution: A co-management model for eThekwini?" presentation (17 Nov, Steve Cohen)

It is hoped that the following role players will become active members of the D-PAPP, among others:  

Ethekwini Municipality, represented by the Mayor’s office at an executive level to the various line departments at the operational level

Durban Green Corridors NPC


# Clean Blue Lagoon and other related  #Clean Durban campaign representatives

Uthekwane Conservancy


Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

Plastics sector, including Packaging SA,  Plastics SA, PETCO


African Marine Waste Network  

Paddle for the Planet


Umgeni Estuary Conservancy 

CSIR - Natural Resources and the Environment 

Open Data Durban

Transnet Ports Authority

Businesses sector, including Durban Chamber of Commerce

Participating schools

The proposed institutional arrangements are as follows

The movement is guided by its founding constitution and is led by a steering committee elected but its founding members.  The secretariat and legal representative for the movement is the Green Corridor NPC, a registered and audited not-for-profit organisation.  The steering committee will appoint a campaign co-ordinator.

The movement will develop and disseminate a quarterly dashboard that tracks key performance indicators and commitments from all government and non-government role players.

Membership is open to any interested individuals, NGOs, or corporate organisations. Applicants are expected to make a pledge to the movement’s vision and to contributing to the achievement of its objectives in any way, big or small. 

The DPAPP logo will be available to use on any project or initiative endorsed by the D-PAPP steering committee according to its criteria. Members will be kept abreast of the movement’s programme and outputs through social media and a newsletter.

The D-PAPP website will act as a portal to an interactive geospatial mapping and information management system. The system will identify and track geographic hotspots and allow for citizen driven profiling of pollution drivers and hotspots and data collection.

The movement will establish working groups to address key problem areas and identify and demonstrate solutions. These currently are:

·       Fund raising for the campaign and demonstration projects

·       Operational research, surveillance and geospatial mapping

·       Citizen driven clean ups and prevention interventions

·         ·       Pro-poor recycling enterprise development

The DPAPP campaign is promoting a targeted, high impact programme that is delivered through a comprehensive package of interventions across the waste management continuum. This can be represented across 6 pillars illustrated below. The programme should be guided and tracked through a public-private-citizen co-management forum. The diagram below outlines the proposed programme structure illustrating indicative interventions

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For more information on partnering with or getting involved with the Durban Partnership Against Plastic Pollution, please contact

Steve Cohen 

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Tel: +27(0)83 320 4200 

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Understanding The Problem

Our environmental work is undertake in partnership with DUCT, the Duzi Umngeni Conservation Trust, their website below outlines the important work the trust does. Our Youth Development, Responsible Tourism and Skills Development work all works towards the same ultimate goal.

Improving Livelihoods & Job Creation

For marginalised and economically excluded communities, Durban Green Corridors facilitates poverty reduction efforts that are grounded in environmental stewardship and eco-tourism. This is achieved through a multi-pronged approach built on the pillars of

Job creation:

Durban Green Corridors has created scores of direct job opportunities in the fields of tour guides; trail maintenance teams; site administrative/management staff; youth leaders; environmental ambassadors; sports development leaders; local homestead hosts and caterers. This includes skills development, training; mentoring and getting people qualified. 

Enterprise development:  

Durban Green Corridors actively works with communities to build new business opportunities and develop SMME's. This is done through a process of business support and partnerships for small local enterprises which generate income for the household.

Eco and adventure tourism is used by Durban Green Corridors as an important tool for skills development in the following ways:

Working with local communities to develop previously inaccessible areas of natural beauty into accessible places for visitors and locals to enjoy.

Consulting closely with communities to ensure that sites are respectful of, and reflect, local traditions and culture.

Developing and maintaining trails suitable for a range of outdoor activities along the valley, connecting sites. 

Developing a range of tourism routes and offerings including activities such as canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, traditional Zulu cultural experiences as well as picnic and camping areas/facilities.

Marketing tourist products to suitable markets including locals, visitors from across South Africa and international tourists. 

Ensuring that locally employed staff are trained to provide good customer service and operate professionally. 

Providing SMME's with an important support service in terms of market access and business support. 

Responsible tourism is any form of tourism that can be consumed in a more responsible way. “Responsible tourism is tourism which: minimizes negative social, economic and environmental impacts. generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities.

A process of continuous improvement 

Through a partnership with the City of eThekwini and the City of Bremen in Germany, Durban Green Corridors is working to develop a network of responsible tourism products for the incoming international markets. This programme also includes initiating a campaign to create greater awareness for responsible tourism and how consumers can make a difference by choosing wisely. 

Recent market research has shown that over 60% of German tourists actively seek out responsible tourism experiences or expect their holidays to be "responsible". For many tourism products, achieving this is a long journey. Durban Green Corridors is developing ways to make this journey easier through a process of 

Identifying tourism products that wish to improve their triple bottom line impact 

Working with these products, developing resources and tools to assist products in achieving responsible tourism goals through a process of incremental improvement. 

Creating a direct link between the market and tourism products by offering tourists tailor made itineraries which incorporate responsible tourism accommodation and experiences. 

The programme is funded over three years through NAKOPA, The Service Agency Communities in One World is Germany’s competence centre for local development cooperation. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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