SEA of Solutions is an annual event covering the debate on plastic pollution, convened by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia, through the SEA Circular project supported by the Swedish government. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused new and extraordinary challenges, threatening public health, the economy, and the environment. Efforts to preserve life and prevent contagion, such as wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing remain important measures. However, repercussions are all being felt in the increased use of hand sanitisers and protective equipment; a resurgence in the use of plastics including single-use bags; extensive use of food delivery services and e-commerce; and delays or reversals in plastic bag bans. … [Read more...] about Drastic measures urged to curb rise in plastic usage
Pollution reduction goals
Tra Vinh (VNA) – Up to 4,010 households, including over 2,500 Khmer ethnic ones, in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh escaped from poverty in 2020 thanks to local efforts for sustainable poverty alleviation.poverty reduction, local districts built 85 essential infrastructure facilities for agriculture and people’s daily activities, maintained 34 others in disadvantaged communes and villages, and carried out 89 projects to help deprived households develop livelihoods.Khmer ethnic group which makes up about 30 percent of its population./. … [Read more...] about Tra Vinh lifts over 4,000 households out of poverty in 2020
From 2021 to 2030, Việt Nam aims to clear all road traffic accident hotspots and accident-prone sites. All new roads and those under maintenance will meet road safety criteria before opening for traffic. All new national highways and provincial highways and 75 per cent of the total length of existing highways across the country meet at least Level 3 of global road safety standards. … [Read more...] about Việt Nam’s ambitious plan to reduce the number of road traffic-relating death to zero by 2045.
There is no solid waste treatment model in the country that meets all technical, economic, social, and environmental requirements, he said, adding that burying most of the waste not only pollutes the environment but also means the country cannot recycle its trash. … [Read more...] about HCMC asked to clean up its waste treatment act
Hanoi (VNA) – An initiative to form a supermarket coalition is being developed with the support of the EU and the German Government, aiming to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags and protect the environment. According to Fanny Quertamp from Expertise France, the project is a chance for Vietnam to take specific action to cut plastic waste, and she expressed her hope that the project will receive the active engagement of supermarkets around the country. As part of efforts to implement the initiative, Hanoi is working with relevant agencies towards the formation of the coalition. The city has received support from local supermarkets. A representative from Lotte Mart Ba Dinh said that foreign customers strongly support the scheme and are willing to pay for environmentally-friendly shopping bags. Many Vietnamese customers, however, are not happy, so stronger communication campaigns are needed to raise public awareness. A BigC representative said the scheme should be introduced … [Read more...] about Supermarket coalition expected to help cut use of plastic bags