UNESCO Empowers Youth to Take Actions on Marine Litters in Viet Nam

Eight teams of thirty young people share one goal: turn eight million tons of marine litters into zero. They are trainees from the Mentoring Course co-organized in early November by UNESCO Viet Nam and the Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An World Man and Biosphere Reserve, within the framework of the Youth and Innovation 4 Ocean Programme which UNESCO implements with the kind support of the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The first round of the programme was launched on 14 July 2020, calling for innovative team-based ideas from youth to tackle plastic waste in Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An World Man and Biosphere Reserve. After two months, 25 proposals targeting different aspects of plastic management were received. Finding the proposals highly competitive, the Jury Board Members, who are experienced experts in the areas of environment, plastic pollution, innovation, science and technology, decided to select the eight best ideas instead of six as originally planned. 

The three day Mentoring Course, the eight teams worked over three days with the Jury Board who provided professional theory, insight and advice for youth groups to increase the practicality and feasibility of their proposals.