Vietnamese firms to tackle plastic pollution in Ha Long Bay
Three Vietnamese companies have won a regional challenge to combat plastic waste in Ha Long Bay.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Vietnam Administration of Sea and Islands (VASI), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have announced the four winners of the ASEAN-wide Ending Plastic Pollution Innovation Challenge (EPPIC) to combat plastic waste in Ha Long Bay and Koh Samui (Thailand).
EPPIC, which was launched in June 2020 in Ha Long City, drew 159 teams from Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia to the challenge with a broad range of solutions to tackle plastic pollution.
Fourteen teams were selected as the EPPIC finalists and undertook a three-month incubation programme combining technical training about the circular economy, waste management, and business development skills with field trips to Ha Long Bay and Koh Samui.