The PISCES partnership aims to apply a multidisciplinary systems analytics approach to understand why plastic pollution occurs, and to target effective interventions. Working across Indonesia, at two case study sites, we will integrate state-of-the-art research methods with models from the natural, technical, and social science disciplines to:
1. Find and fill gaps in current understanding of the causes and consequences of the plastic pollution problem
2. Analyse the costs of inaction and the benefits of targeted interventions
3. Identify local, regional, and national interventions.
The analysis framework we use provides an overall assessment of how to create value from plastic waste, and how to maximise the efficiency of identified solutions. By designing, testing, and refining social and technical solutions, we aim to reduce and eventually eliminate plastic waste in Indonesian societies. We aim to guide the most efficient and effective way towards more sustainable use of plastics in the region. Through our partnership with key action delivery partners we will move rapidly from in-depth understanding and vision, to action.
We will conduct our studies across two different scales. On a national scale, we will combine measurements, mapping and large-scale modelling to identify and verify plastic leakage hotspots across Indonesia to establish key locations for intervention. Then, at a local scale we will identify plastic litter items that are most problematic. We will undertake more detailed impact assessments and system analytical studies at case study sites, within selected regencies of two provinces where most engineering and services interventions can be implemented. The purpose of these studies will be to identify effective points in the plastic supply chain at which to intervene and to examine the benefits that could be gained through the various interventions.
Working from our Case Study Sites and across Indonesia, we will perform detailed impact assessments and system analytical studies to identify effective points in the plastic supply chain at which to intervene, and to examine the benefits that could be gained.
The PISCES programme is designed to provide the core integrative requirements of a systems level approach to address the three themes of our programme: understanding the sources and drivers of plastic pollution, assessing the impacts of plastic pollution, and co-designing interventions, mitigations, and adaptations.
PISCES is contributed to by an interdisciplinary group of experts from universities, research institutions, and technical bodies across the UK, Indonesia, and Asia.