Environment sector’s ten outstanding events in 2018

The Environment and Natural Resources Minister announced ten outstanding events of the sector in 2018.

Fresh water is found in Bach Long Vi Island (Photo: SGGP)

Fresh water is found in Bach Long Vi Island (Photo: SGGP)

The first event is the eighth plenary session of the 12th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam issued the circular No. 36-NQ/TW on October 22, 2018 on sustainable sea economy development strategy to 2030, with the vision to 2045 aiming at sustainable sea economy on green growth.
Secondly, the National Assembly approved the Law on Measurement and Maps. Measurement and map sector has been legalized for the first time in Vietnam.
Thirdly, the party’s policies on land, environment protection and climate changes were reviewed thoroughly.
Fourthly, the Prime Minister issued direction No. 27/CT-TTg on September 17, 2018 about some urgent measures on scrap import and use of imported scrap as production material.
In the year, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources issued a circular on environment criteria of six kinds of imported scraps with high demand including iron, steel; plastic, paper, glass, colorful metal and cinder.
Fifthly, the Southeast Asian country hosted the 6th Global Environment Facility with the participation of nearly 1,500 representatives including heads of states, government leaders, ministers and managers of 183 nations’ environment agencies, UN General organizations and non-government organizations, international financial institutes and Vietnam’s partners.
At the event, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called for unity among member countries for a ‘resilient, sustainable and life-affirming planet’
Sixthly, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc proposed establishment of an expanded co-operation forum between the Group of Seven (G7) and coastal nations in combating seas plastic wastes, climate change and sea level rise, and protecting marine ecology at G7 Outreach Summit and at the sixth Global Environment Fund (GEF).
Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark in the northern border province of Cao Bang was recognized as a UNESCO Global Geoparks in April, 2018 in France.
This is the second Vietnam’s UNESCO-recognized Global Geopark. Before, Dong Van Stone Plateau in the northern province of Ha Giang was recognized as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks.
Eighthly, Hanoi became the first city of Vietnam having synchronous air monitoring system according to the national environment monitoring system. These air data are updated relentlessly and publicized on media.
Ninthly, electronic government and IT have been applied for administrative reforms in the environment sector.
Last, two wells of fresh, natural groundwater have been found in Bach Long Vy Island, an offshore district of Hai Phong City, which often suffers from severe water shortage.

By ANH PHUONG - Translated by ANH QUAN

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