If current trends continue, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Still, worldwide plastic consumption is expected to quadruple during this time. Besides, plastics have become the fastest-growing source of industrial greenhouse gases emissions. Plastic pollution has numerous adverse economic, social, and environmental impacts. In particular, marine plastic pollution costs up to $2.5 billion per year in lost marine ecosystem services. Tackling plastic pollution will require multi-stakeholder collaboration and engagement.
The objective of this project is to contribute to the reduction of plastic pollution in coastal areas in four ASEAN target countries, contributing to the achievement of SDG 14: Life Below Water and SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption. EPPIC is a competition that will source innovative ideas from ASEAN countries for tackling local plastic challenges to contribute to widespread system-level change across the entire region.
The project intends to bring together citizens, local governments, and the private sector to identify pressing issues and collaborate in implementing effective solutions, in four countries - including Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia and The Philippines.
EPPIC will be implemented over 2.5 years with the following expected outcomes:
OUTCOME 1: A portfolio of solutions is selected, supported and scaled-up through the EPPIC in four countries (Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines).
OUTCOME 2: Capacity building in Viet Nam for the prevention and reduction of plastic pollution, and networking and experience sharing in ASEAN countries are strengthened
Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
More information, please visit the project's website: http://www.plasticchallenge.undp.org.vn/