BUILDING THE FUTURE
“We are a network of organizations and citizens who share a strategy for applying zero waste practices to better manage solid waste, reduce plastics, save natural resources, and protect the environment of Vietnam. Zero waste approaches, known as the “R’s,” include Refusing (to use non-essential items); Redesigning (business models, goods, and packaging); Reducing (waste); Reusing; Rotting (i.e., composting); Recycling; Recovering; and Residuals management.
By building a strong national alliance, raising our members’ awareness, and piloting waste reduction models at community scales, we will elevate zero waste to become broadly accepted by Vietnamese society as the correct approach to waste management and as an admirable lifestyle.
MEET OUR MEMBERS
Our core members are non-profit groups, government entities, universities, and businesses from around Vietnam.
VIET NAM SACH & XANH
GreenViet takes action to help communities understand, respect, and adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle by researching, conserving and disseminating the value of biodiversity.
MCD commits to promoting active cooperation between related stakeholders, implementing initiatives that integrate local knowledge and international experiences, in order to better manage coastal ecosystems and improve coastal communities’ living conditions.
ENDA Vietnam works for poor communities and disadvantaged groups on the basis of their needs and priorities, pursues sustainable development at all levels, fosters gender equity, and protects the environment.
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SUNGCO COMPANY LIMITED
OUR FEARLESS LEADERS
Each of our core member organizations is represented within VZWA by the following staff member:
Quach Thi Xuan
As coordinator of VZWA beginning in October 2017, Xuan Quach has been working to network a core group of Vietnamese NGOs together to advocate for zero waste solutions to the problem of plastic pollution. Concurrently she works as Vietnam Consultant at Pacific Environment.
Ho Yen Thu
Deputy Director at Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD)
VZWA was formed in October 13th, 2017, after a kick-off gathering of 50 individuals and organization representatives that are working throughout Vietnam toward improved solid waste management and environmental protection.
VZWA ANNUAL PLAN
The annual plan of VZWA is a summary of all core organization members’ individual plans plus a shared VZWA plan for which the coordinator is responsible. It is released annually on April 1.
VZWA’S VISION & MISSION
VZWA’s strategic plan
By 2030, zero waste is broadly understood, supported and practiced throughout Vietnam.
VZWA brings together individuals and organizations to move local communities toward adopting zero waste by sharing best practices and adapting them for the Vietnamese context.
VZWA’s four focal strategies are:
- Zero Waste Cities
- Innovative Policies
- Changing Plastics Narrative
- Corporate Campaigning
- Developing VZWA to be a national, multi-stakeholder platform to enable participation, cooperation and champions for zero waste;
- Building VZWA member and partner capacity through experiential learning, studies and exchanges;
- Catalyzing demonstration and replication of ZW innovations and best practices among coastal/MPA communities and adjacent cities;
- Enabling, engaging and advocating for better ideas, policies and regulations that will make Vietnam a ZW pioneer.