National stakeholder workshop strengthens marine plastic waste management

10:56 | 15/07/2022 Events

The Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD) recently cooperated with the Vietnam Institute of Seas and Islands (VISI) under the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI) and partners to organize the “National Stakeholder Workshop strengthening the exchange of information, science and technology to support the implementation of the National Action Plan on Marine Plastic Waste Management until 2030”.

The workshop aimed to create a forum to strengthen connections and update information related to the implementation of the National Action Plan on Marine Plastic Waste Management until 2030 (NAP), through scientific research, practical solutions, and intervention models, in order to increase the effectiveness of solid waste management and reduce both plastic waste flowing from land to sea and at sea sources. This workshop is part of the project “Accelerating efforts to reduce ocean plastic in Vietnam” which is funded and technically advised by Ocean Conservancy.

The workshop was organized in hybrid manner with nearly 100 participants in-person in Hanoi and remotely on Zoom. Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands, the local Departments of Natural Resources and Environment from a number of coastal provinces, universities, research institutes, international organizations, NGOs, businesses and the press.

national stakeholder workshop strengthens marine plastic waste management
Members attended the workshop of national action plan on marine plastic waste management until 2030

At the event, Ms. Ho Thi Yen Thu, Standing Deputy Director of MCD, said, “Recently, MCD and a number of organizations have been honored to assist the Vietnam Institute of Seas and Islands (VISI) – Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI) through a consultation process to develop and complete the NAP. The NAP is now being implemented with the support of various national and international agencies and organizations. MCD and its partners including Ocean Conservancy continue to work with VASI in the NAP implementation process. Today, we are delighted together with the Vietnam Institute of Seas and Islands and partners to organize the National Stakeholder Workshop strengthening the exchange of information, science and technology to support the implementation of the NAP. We hereby express our gratitude to the agencies, organizations and experts who make invaluable contributions in both theory and practice at the workshop. We hope this is a meaningful forum to support our efforts to reduce marine plastic waste in Vietnam and around the world.”

The representative of the Vietnam Institute of Seas and Islands expressed sincere thanks to Ocean Conservancy for their support and appreciation for MCD’s assistance to the Vietnam Institute of Seas and Islands in the development process and consultation to complete the NAP, and their on-going contributions of information, science and technology in the implementation of this national action plan.

Vien Tran, Senior Manager for Ocean Conservancy’s work in Vietnam, shared, “Ocean Conservancy appreciates the opportunity to work with MCD and support VISI and Vietnam in the development and implementation of the National Action Plan. This project will help reduce ocean plastic in Vietnam and the region, modeling the importance of addressing plastic pollution at the global level.”

MCD will continue to work with partners to promote cooperation between stakeholders, raise awareness, strengthen scientific and technical capacity in solid waste management, plastic waste reduction, and contribute to achieving the objectives set out in the NAP.

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