The Geoinformatics Center held a project launching meeting on plastic portfolio works in the Mekong Region, funded by the Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund, (MKCF) and managed by the Mekong Institute. The project launch, which took place on Thursday, 18th April 2024, was mainly held on-site at the GIC office in Pathum Thani, Thailand, and online.

The project is titled “Mapping the Plastic Litter Leaking into the Waterways of Mekong Countries and Providing Innovative Solutions for Efficient Waste Management.” It will be conducted in four countries of the Lower Mekong River Basin: Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Lao PDR. As part of the Project Team, GIC is taking the lead in coordinating the two-year project to deliver Science, Technology, and Innovation to address plastic pollution.

At the launch of this project, AIT Vice President for Development, Dr. Roger Levermore, gave welcoming remarks on behalf of AIT. Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Duta also participated in the launch as the Director of Trade and Investment Facilitation and Board of MKCF at the Mekong Institute.  Lastly, Mr. Seoyoung Park, the Second Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, delivered the opening remarks online.

During the roundtable discussions, the project team introduced the leading agencies and collaborating partners from four countries: ERIC Chulalongkorn University, TerraCycle Foundation Thailand, ISPONRE Vietnam, greenHub, ClearRivers, COMPOSTED, Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), and National University of Laos (NUOL). Together with project partners, the project aimed to prevent plastic leakage, monitor, detect plastic, and improve plastic waste management activities.