Mekong nations to address choking plastic pollution

Vietnam and three Mekong neighbors will join hands to assess plastic waste leakage into the river system in a bid to fight plastic pollution in the region.

Fifty government officials and university researchers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam gathered to discuss assessment methodologies to study plastic debris and its sources across the Mekong at this week’s regional workshop hosted by Mekong River Commission (MRC) and UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Vientiane, Laos.

The four nations will work together to report on the current state of plastic pollutants in the region and offer policy recommendations to address challenges, the MRC said in a press release.

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Minh Nga