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September 18 (Sun) - 23 (Fri), 2022

Busan, Republic of Korea

History of the International Marine Debris Conference (IMDC)

The International on Marine Debris Conference (IMDC) is the premier global event dedicated to understanding and promoting action to address marine debris, or marine litter. This important conference series was first convened in 1984 by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with NOAA hosting the next several IMDCs. In 2011, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) joined NOAA to co-host the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC), and continues to be involved to this day.

The 7th IMDC in 2022 will be the first time this conference is held outside of the United States, with the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries joining UNEP as co-host of the event and NOAA offering technical support alongside the Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM).

Previous IMDCs:

6th International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

12th to 16th of March 2018 in San Diego, California, United States

In 2018, the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC) saw more than 700 attendees from over 50 countries gather to share lessons learned, promote international dialogue, exchange ideas and discuss research methods and results. The 6IMDC brought together the global community dedicated to working towards a marine debris-free ocean. The conference aimed to celebrate and encourage further innovation, collaboration, and action around this far-reaching topic. The conference highlighted innovative marine debris solutions, research, and technological advances since the 5IMDC, and facilitated discussions around strategies to minimize the impacts and occurrence of marine debris. A major strength of the conference was its diversity of disciplines and expertise, including science, art, outreach, and education from individuals representing government, academia, private industry, community groups, and many more.

5th International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC)

20th to 25th of March 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

In 2011, the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC) was held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference brought together over 450 participants from the marine debris community to develop and create a document known as the Honolulu Strategy- a landmark framework for a comprehensive and global effort to reduce the ecological, human health, and economic impacts of marine debris.

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