USAID-funded project aims to reduce public health damage from plastic pollution | Environment

A plastic waste dump in Lao Cai province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Institute for Strategy and Policy of Natural Resources and the Environment (ISPONRE) recently coordinated with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the launch of the Plastic and Health Action Partnership (PHA) with the aim of reducing the impact of plastic waste on public health.

The PHA is part of the advancement of the Local Solution for Plastic Pollution (LSPP) sponsored by USAID and the Center for Supporting Green Development (GreenHub).

In Vietnam, it is estimated that there are 25 million tonnes of household solid waste each year, 10 to 20 percent of which is plastic.

The percentage of plastic waste and single-use nylon bags in urban areas of the country has increased rapidly, accounting for 10-20% of household solid waste.

Solving the problems of plastic pollution requires the joint efforts of many parties, such as government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, research institutes, universities and businesses, said Nguyen Trung Thang, deputy director of ISPONRE, during the launch ceremony.

“The creation of PHA can be seen as an opportunity to recruit the participation of all concerned groups to help reduce the damage of plastic pollution on human health,” he added.

Christine Gandomi, YOU SAID acting director of the environment and energy office, said the partnership would mark the start of a new era of collaboration, knowledge exchange and best practices around the challenges of plastic pollution.

PHA would be among the first partnerships to focus on plastic and its impacts on human health, she said.

“This exchange and dialogue will help us meet the urgent development challenges in Vietnam,” she added.

PHA mobilized 18 organizations in Vietnam. They are partners of international organizations, governments, NGOs, research institutes and universities.

In the future, PHA will support departments and localities across the country to carry out policy advocacy activities related to plastic and health; build and contribute to a data center; boost communication activities; raise awareness of the relationship between plastic and health; and deploy pilot models to reduce plastic pollution across the country./.

Bryce K. Locke