Mekong countries agree to conduct plastic waste study

Government officials and researchers from Mekong river countries on Wednesday agreed to assess plastic waste pollution in the region and take action to reduce it.

The agreement was made by 50 government officials and researchers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam during a meeting in Vientiane earlier this week to discuss methodologies on how to study plastic debris found across the region and their sources. The meeting was hosted by Mekong River Commission and the United Nations Environment Program Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

MRC in a statement yesterday said government officials and researchers of all four countries agreed to conduct a study to inform governments and the public of the current state of plastic waste in the region and offer policy recommendations to address challenges.

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