The Hanoitimes - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a mini-conference on new partnerships to combat ocean plastic pollution on June 29 in Hanoi.
The event featured presentations by National Geographic explorer Jenna Jambeck international and Vietnamese experts who are launching new partnerships to tackle this serious global environmental issue.
Jenna Jambeck, an associate professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, conducts research and teaches environmental engineering with a focus on solid waste. She has conducted numerous research projects on marine debris and plastic pollution.
Jenna Jambeck, associate professor at the College of Engineering, the University of Georgia
In her opening speech, she noted the mini-conference aimed at improving the effectiveness of the current on- and off-shore plastics waste collection, sorting and treatment processes. In addition, it aims to pilot an innovative low-cost model for lessons learnt and replication through public – private – community partnerships, Jambeck said.
Jenna Jambeck emphasized the local community's participation in collecting, sorting and treating plastic waste. Relevance of policies, regulations and incentives to promote improved waste management in riverine and marine environments also plays a very important role.
Signing ceremony for the newest grantee under the USAID’s municipal solid waste recycling program
On the occasion, USAID Vietnam Mission Director Michael Greene and Ho Thi Yen Thu from the Center for Marine life conservation and community development signed an agreement on the newest grantee under the USAID’s municipal solid waste recycling program.