Vietnam's ministry urged to step up environmental protection

Monday, 2018-01-08 16:37:59
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Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung speaking at the conference (Credit: VGP)
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NDO - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) should continue to improve mechanisms and policies related to State management in this area in 2018.

The statement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung while attending a conference in Hanoi on January 8 to review the natural resources and environmental sector’s performance in 2017 and devise objectives for 2018.

He asked the MoNRE to focus on improving the quality of the environment and living conditions of the people; enhance the socialisation in environmental protection and treatment; strictly control pollution sources; and effectively remedy the environmental pollution left by the wars.

It is essential to strengthen the protection and sustainable development of forests, particularly coastal protection forests, watershed forests and special-use forests; as well as enhance the preservation of biodiversity and fisheries resources, added Deputy PM Dung.

He urged breakthroughs in the management and use of land resources as well as further examination and evaluation of water resources and communication to raise public awareness of water usage.

The Deputy PM noted that the ministry should closely monitor the exploitation and use of mineral resources under set plans.

He stressed the synchronous implementation of the Strategy for the meteorological and hydrographic sector’s development by 2020 and master plan for a national natural resources and environment monitoring network for the 2016-2025 period, with a vision to 2030.

Deputy PM Dung noted that the sector should pay much attention to mobilising international and social resources to effectively implement the National Strategy on Climate Change and the target programme on climate change adaptation and green growth for the period of 2016-2020, especially concerning the development of a specific roadmap for the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement in Vietnam.

Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung presents the PM's certificates of merit to outstanding individuals and units under the MoNRE. (Credit: VGP)