UNDP continues searching for creative solutions to cut back plastic pollution in Indonesia and the Philippines

This year's competition makes a speciality of in the hunt for creative solutions to assist remedy the plastic issue in Mandalika, Lombok Island (Indonesia), and Samal Island (the Philippines).

All individuals, organizations from ASEAN international locations, or any group from other nations who've as a minimum one member who's ASEAN national, with the means to speak obviously and give presentations in English, are welcome to participate within the EPPIC competitors. The application length is from now till 23 might also 2021. The outcomes of the utility circular is anticipated to be introduced in June 2021.

research from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences states that round 268,740 - 594,558 hundreds plastic waste are leaking into this nation's marine each year. Ms. Sophie Kemkhdaze, as Deputy Resident representative of UNDP Indonesia, shared this problem, "in keeping with different experiences, it shows that Southeast Asia is the place with the biggest contribution to plastic leakage in the marine. UNDP hopes that EPPIC can make a contribution to reducing this number through the emergence of imaginitive solutions, their construction, and replication."

Dr. Selva Ramachandran, UNDP Resident consultant in the Philippines, recommended that "Marine plastic litter has been posing colossal environmental, economic and social can charge to the country and its people. With fast urbanization, economic building, and increasing population, confounded by means of influences of the COVID-19 pandemic, waste technology is anticipated to raise and poses tremendous challenges to the international locations, if measures don't seem to be undertaken. In 2019, the department of ambiance and natural elements estimated that the country generated 21 million metric tonnes of waste, which is a 56% raise from 2010. among the solid waste generated, eleven% is plastic". He additionally shared: "With the EPPIC task, we are hopeful to introduce inventive options that might offer a systemic strategy to addressing the plastic pollution and would facilitate a transition to a round economic system."

in accordance with Mr. Bjornar Hotvedt, Minister Counsellor of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Southeast Asia is the hotspot for marine plastic debris disaster, and so many americans believe that it could take years earlier than progress may well be seen within the place. He stressed, "To resolve the difficulty, the executive has to behave; commitment and contribution from society are essential. I consider EPPIC, which NORAD additionally helps, can stimulate innovative solutions from the society that may remedy the plastic marine crisis in the ocean".

4 winning options will get hold of a complete of seventy two,000 USD of seed funding, participate in a 9-month impact acceleration programme and have the alternatives to network with influence investing companies and other key construction players within the ASEAN place./.

Khac Kien

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