Research Report Behavior Change in Local Systems to Mitigate Ocean Plastic Pollution
Sara McTarnaghan, James Ladi Williams
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Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans, damaging marine life, coastal communities, and the livelihoods of people who depend on marine resources to earn a living. The majority of ocean plastic pollution stems from the mismanagement of plastic waste on land, specifically in rapidly urbanizing and fast-growing emerging-market cities. In 2016, the US Agency for International Development launched the Municipal Waste Recycling Program to address this challenge in urban and peri-urban areas in Southeast Asia. This report explores the efforts of the program’s projects to create behavior change in two Vietnamese cities. Through a qualitative case study, we documented how projects have addressed plastic pollution by changing human behaviors, gathered insights on aspects of the project contexts that support or impede behavior change goals, and identified lessons that can inform future programming.

You can read the report on the US Agency for International Development’s Urban-links website (this link will direct you to an external site).

Research Areas International development Climate, disasters, and environment
Tags International urban development and the environment Environmental quality and pollution
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center