The Hong Kong-based Ocean Restoration Alliance’s Commitments Accelerator for Plastic Pollution (CAPP) initiative announces winners of the first ‘Make the Case’ Asia-wide student competition to explore ways to boost the proper disposal of waste plastic Did.
CAPP describes Make the Case as the only sustainability challenge for students that focuses on existing solutions that have the potential to be applied elsewhere.
Dr. Justin Robertson, Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong, said: The institution joined CAPP and the Ocean Recovery Alliance as co-organizers of the competition.
“Through research, foresight, and planning, we have proven that college students in a variety of fields can discover high-impact projects and set a vision for how they can be replicated in other parts of the region,” said Robertson. adds.
A team representing 22 universities in 10 countries participated to develop case studies on initiatives that reduce plastic waste and could potentially be scaled up elsewhere. Teams competed for a prize pool of $16,500.
The two winning teams were both from the Ateneo de Manila University. The overall winning team introduced the Aling Tindera Network, a scrap-to-cash program “a local network of female micro-entrepreneurs, most of whom own sari-sari stores.” Filipino town. The team suggested Thailand as the country that could benefit most from a similar program.
Another winning team showcased a zero-waste initiative on Apo Island in the Philippines, providing a framework for extending the Apo Island model to other coastal islands in the country and other parts of Asia.
“For me, who has been in Hong Kong for a long time and has had extensive programs in East Asia, I see the attention to detail, the depth of responses, the passion displayed by the student team, and how much they understand the situation. Doug Woodring, founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, said: “This is not only about case studies and presentations, but how Plastic Atlas Asia can be extended in future editions. It was also clear in the essay on
The competition was sponsored by the Singapore-based Pictet Group Foundation, supported by the non-profit Heinrich Bell Foundation Hong Kong organization. The last two Make the Case competitions were held in India.
According to CAPP, Make the Case-East Asia will become an annual competition and will be held again in 2023. For more information on the contest, please visit this web page.