Pilot-project in Mekong

The project we support in Vietnam: “Fighting plastic in Mekong”

Rivers.Global aims to work in South-East Asia, the region where problems with plastic pollution are most severe. Vietnam has been pointed out as a good place to start, being the fourth biggest polluter to the ocean, after China, Indonesia and the Philippines. We have decided to support the project “Fighting Plastic in Mekong”, run by the Norwegian Mission Alliance in Vietnam. They have been working in Vietnam since 1996 and have a broad network with community-groups, women-groups, schools, local and national authorities. Rivers.Global has been invited to join in an existing plan, and with the support of USD 6.000,- the Mission Alliance have been able to make some activities more “plastic-oriented”.

Some key elements of the project:

Plans for 2019

1: Make an assessment of the garbage collection system in Tra Vinh.

2: Organize “clean up-events” together with local government and volunteer groups.

3: Support local monitoring groups so people do rubbish classification at home, dispose plastic in a sustainable way and encourage local communities so they organize and pay for rubbish collection.

4: Some activities in schools to change habits and create awareness of rubbish classification and how plastic affects the environment. Vietnam has about 92 million people, even if it’s only the size of Norway. Single-use plastics are widely used, and thrown away.

Plastic pollution is a huge problem in most countries. Here are some articles from South-East Asia, to give you more insight:

Vietnam is the fourth-largest contributor to marine plastic pollution globally.

Mountains of plastic in Cambodia.

Waste management part of Thailand 20-year national strategy.

The Philippines wastes 6,237,653 kg of plastic per day.

Giant plastic ‘berg blocks Indonesian river.