Project Report:
Creating Economic Tools to Address Debris & Plastic Pollution in Vietnam
- Investigates the causes of economic imbalances.
- Explores and develops market-based solutions.


We plan to build out the capacity of, a free online citizen science platform that we created for collecting and sharing crowdsourced environmental data, to meet the growing needs of numerous organizations that are collecting information and observations on the environment. Anecdata already has many valuable features including mapping, photo uploading, and data visualization. In this project, we will add economic tools and internationalization support to promote civic action among project participants from around the world. The focus of this project will be on debris in coastal cities of Vietnam. The new tools will enable Vietnamese speakers to participate in citizen science projects to clean up debris and instantly see the economic benefit of their actions. Armed with this information, citizens may be able to get local governments to take action to help eliminate sources of debris that might ultimately end up in the marine environment.


Investigate Causes of Economic Imbalances: Economic imbalances exist where plastic pollution and other environmental problems affect human health, safety, and livelihoods. is an online tool to help individuals and organizations create projects, and collect, share, and visualize data in order to mitigate problems, effect change, and address economic imbalances in communities.

Explore and Develop Market-Based Solutions: will help organizations explore and develop market-based solutions to problems like plastic pollution in coastal areas, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and coastal flooding. The Anecdata platform has applications beyond collecting environmental data and can be used to crowdsource information in public health or economics, for example, on emerging diseases or economic impact of marine debris.

Scope is a “next-generation” online data portal, with a unique feature set. We have made the site free and openly available for other organizations to create citizen science and other projects, invite users, and manage and share environmental data. The site is already host to 164 projects from around the world. Several of these relate directly to coastal and marine debris issues. Anecdata has the potential to host thousands of projects across the world. We plan to build out the capacity of to meet the growing data management needs of numerous organizations working on the front lines of environmental change. In order to promote action on marine debris and other issues, we will add a civic action toolkit, including economic and international language tools, to the website.

Amount Approved
$11,000.00 on 12/9/2019 (Check sent: 12/17/2019)

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MDI Biological Laboratory  

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Updated   12/18/2019 11:17 AM

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