The Mekong Plastics Innovation Hub (the Hub) will play an important role in designing and scaling disruptive innovations that shift the dial on plastic waste across the Mekong Sub-region. 

Background

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, are working to design and deliver a series of Plastics Innovation Hub programs across the South East Asia region with the purpose of strengthening research collaborations and identifying new approaches to tackling plastic waste. The Hubs will convene academia, start-ups, NGOs, investors, industry and government to collectively tackle plastic waste by facilitating collaborative spaces to design, support and scale highly impactful solutions. 

The Plastics Innovation Hubs in Indonesia and Vietnam have gone through a co-design process and are currently under implementation. Future Hubs in South East Asia have the potential to leverage relevant aspects of the Indonesia and Vietnam design playbooks, with incorporation of localised contextual information and stakeholder-specific activity design. 

Current Activities

The Hub team has started a co-design and engagement process for the Mekong Sub-region.  

Presently the team is running a series of engagement activities which provide a platform for key stakeholders to collaboratively identify priority challenges and develop a blueprint for how the Hub will operate. 

Join the conversation

The Hub Mekong is currently planning for a Symposium to bring all the stakeholders together towards the end of October 2022, more details will come soon.

If you want to be part of the co-design process or interested in the Symposium, please reach out to: asean@csiro.au  

Contact us

For more information on the Hub please contact: asean@csiro.au.