Launching of EPPIC Shop – A Place to Showcase Innovative Products and Services to Reduce Plastic Pollution

The Viet Nam Administration of Seas and Islands of Vietnam (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Farmers’ Association of Quang Ninh Province to launch EPPIC store – showcasing innovative products and services to reduce plastic pollution. It is an activity to introduce these innovations to the local people in Ha Long City and help change their awareness and behavior in reducing the use of single-use plastic products.

Representatives of Quang Ninh’s Farmer’s Union, UNDP Viet Nam, Quang Ninh Provincial Party Committee, and VASI cut the ribbon to officially open the EPPIC Shop in Quang Ninh

Attending the launching ceremony were Mr. Patrick Haverman, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Viet Nam; Mr. Luu Anh Duc, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Science and Technology, Viet Nam Administrations of Seas and Islands (VASI); Ms. Pham Thuy Duong, Deputy Head of the Propaganda Department, Quang Ninh’s Provincial Party Committee; together with representatives of the Department of Mass Mobilization, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Women’s Union, networks of communal co-operative, and businesses.

EPPIC Shop is located at No. 2, Lot 2, Hong Ha Ward, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province. The displayed products are from Galaxy Biotech with their Breathable Bag product, Refill with their Refilling Model, GreenJoy with their Grass Straw, mGreen and GreenPoints with their reward point redemption app, and a few other local projects and products. These products were in the Top 14 of the ASEAN-wide competition “Ending Plastic Pollution Innovation Challenge” (EPPIC) to tackle plastic waste in Ha Long Bay (Viet Nam) and Samui Island (Thailand). This competition is organized by UNDP, VASI, MONRE with the support of the Government of Norway.

At the opening ceremony, Mr. Patrick Haverman, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Viet Nam highlighted, “By taking joined-up action through EPPIC, Vietnam and other ASEAN countries have the opportunity to shift and transform from being among the largest plastic polluters globally, to being leading drivers for innovation to combat plastic waste and pollution.”

Mr. Luu Anh Duc, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, VASI, said, “We hope EPPIC Shop will be a place not only to display products to help protect the environment but also to serve as a dynamic and vibrant forum, attract individuals, businesses and organizations who are interested in environmental issues and plastic waste, contribute to promoting the country’s sustainable development.”

Ms. Pham Thuy Duong, Deputy Head of the Propaganda Department, Quang Ninh Provincial Party Committee, hopes that these innovative solutions and ideas won high prizes in the EPPIC project will continue to be developed, reach many people, spread the message, and ignite the changes in the community’s awareness and actions to protect the environment and combat plastic waste.

Products of EPPIC shop

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On April 13, 2022, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh signed a decision approving the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a Vision to 2050. In order to successfully carry out the assigned tasks, the time required In the past, the Institute of Strategy and Policy on natural resources and environment (ISPONRE) On October 30, 2020, Minister Tran Hong Ha submitted to the Prime Minister for approval the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a vision to 2050 in Report No. 54/TTr-BTNMT.

On November 23, 2020, the Government Office issued Official Letter No. 9777/VPCP-NN to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on continuing to review the draft Strategy to ensure ensure compliance with the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 and Documents after the end of the 13th Party Congress; at the same time, working with ministries and branches also have different opinions on the targets of the Strategy. Following the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, ISPONRE reviewed the views, goals, tasks and solutions, worked with a number of ministries and branches and completed the Draft Strategy.

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On September 16, 2021, the Government Office issued Official Letter No. 6553/VPCP-NN to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on continuing to review the Draft National Environmental Protection Strategy to 2030, with a vision to 2050. Accordingly, the Institute has reviewed, supplemented and updated the content of the Draft Strategy to ensure consistency with the Decree guiding the implementation of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020, a number of newly issued documents and commitments of Viet Nam at COP26.

On April 13, 2022, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh signed a decision approving the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a Vision to 2050. approved strategy with the view that environment is the conditions, foundations and prerequisites for sustainable socio-economic development, so economic development must be in harmony with nature, respect natural laws, and do not trade off the environment for economic growth. Environmental protection is the responsibility of the whole political system and society as a whole, in which local authorities, businesses, communities and people play an important role. Protecting the environment must take the protection of people’s health as a top goal. Prioritize proactively preventing and controlling pollution, focusing on solving key and urgent environmental issues; overcoming pollution, degradation, improving environmental quality, combined with nature conservation and biodiversity, contributing to climate change response.

The objective of the Strategy is to prevent the trend of increasing pollution and environmental degradation by 2030, solve urgent environmental problems, and gradually improve and restore environmental quality; prevent biodiversity loss. Improve capacity to proactively respond to climate change; ensuring environmental security, building and developing models of circular economy, green economy, low carbon, striving to achieve the country’s sustainable development goals.

The National Environmental Protection Strategy defines a vision that by 2050, Viet Nam’s environment will be of good quality, ensuring the people’s right to live in a clean and safe environment; biodiversity is preserved, conserved, and ecological balance is ensured; proactively respond to climate change; A society in harmony with nature, a circular economy, a green and low-carbon economy is formed and developed, towards the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

Strategic tasks set out:

– Actively prevent, control and prevent adverse impacts on the environment and environmental incidents.

– Solve key and urgent environmental issues; overcome environmental pollution and degradation; maintain and improve the quality and hygiene of the environment.

– Conserve nature and biodiversity, promote environmental protection in the exploitation and use of resources.

– Actively protect the environment to contribute to improving capacity to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To carry out the above tasks, first of all, it is necessary to renew the thinking of all levels and branches; raising awareness and awareness of environmental protection of businesses, communities and people. Continue to improve the system of policies and laws on environmental protection in line with market economic institutions, improve the organizational structure, and speed up the reform of administrative procedures in environmental protection. Besides, it is necessary to strongly apply science and technology, promote innovation and digital transformation; building technical infrastructure, monitoring network and environmental database, and at the same time promoting international cooperation on environmental protection in the context of deep integration of the economy.

For details of the Decision, please see here.has presided over and coordinated with relevant units to research and develop a draft national strategy for environmental protection to 2030, with a vision to 2050. .

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