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Vietnam not tradingoff environment for economic growth

(11:27:23 AM, 10/03/2017)

Minister Tran Hong Ha spoke at the conference

It was the statement by Minister Tran Hong Ha at the 3rd International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration and Management entitled "Environmental Pollution –Solutions to Restoration and Management" taking place in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province on March 8.

The conference was organized by the Asia-Pacific Society for Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, Loyola University Chicago (USA) and the National University of Ho Chi Minh City.

Attending the conference were Prof. Tran Thanh Van - Chairman of Vietnam Science Association, Ho Quoc Dung - Chairman of Binh Dinh People's Committee, Le Bo Linh - Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Office and leaders of MONRE units, Binh Dinh province, and 250 scientists and managers from 35 countries around the world.

This conference is a favorable forum for scientists to present scientific research findings, discuss current environmental issues, and share experiences in environmental management with a view to enhancing collaborative research and training between developed and developing countries. In addition, this is also an opportunity for environmental managers, researchers and students to raise awareness and orientto environmental management for the future.


Participants attended the conference

Vietnam is facing numerous environmental challenges

Addressing the conference, Minister Tran Hong Ha outlined the major challenges that people have been facing especially since the 1970s, including: environmental pollution, global climate change - the consequences of human development.

According to Minister Tran Hong Ha, besides the challenges in remedying the environmental consequences after the war, Vietnam is facing environmental challengesas many developing countries in the world.

Annual environmental assessment reports indicated that environmental pollution in Vietnam includes soil, water, and air polution. In the past decade, many environmental incidents, including serious environmental disasters, have occurred.

In addition, the status of climate change is increasingly complicated and faster than forecast, having negative impacts on the ecological environment and the sustainable development of the country. Climate change has also had an impact on the environment over the years and is becoming increasingly apparent. It can clearly be seen via abnormal natural disasters, extreme weather phenomena and severe droughts, which have severe impacts on Vietnam. In the future, climate change will also make environmental pollution become more complicated in variousfields, such as river basin pollution, marine pollution, air pollution ...

Ministers and delegates planted commemorative trees at the The International Center of Interdisciplinary Science Educationin Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province

* Astrategy of far-sighted vision needed

"Environmental challenges demand Vietnam to come up with a far-sighted vision strategy to make the environment truly a pillar of sustainable development," said Minister Tran Hong Ha.

In order to face and address such enormous environmental challenges, Minister Tran Hong Ha said Vietnam has made strong decisions not to trade off environment for economic development.

In addition to the Party's policy to continue to innovate the growth model, improve the quality of growth, productivity and competitiveness of the economy, the Prime Minister has also promulgated the Directive on urgent missions and solutions to environmental protection. The Prime Minister's Directive mentioned a number of challenges and specific activities to address pressing environmental issues in the immediate future; simultaneously, orient to environmental protection and sustainable development.

Emphasizing that environmental protection is a global issue that requires the efforts of all nations, regions all over the world, the Minister affirmed that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment respects the coordination and support of the scientists at home and abroad. "In order to successfully implement these important policies and guidelines, we need the effective support of national and international scientists to develop breakthrough approaches with advanced science and technology in the world, "said Minister Tran Hong Ha.

At the conference, the world's leading scientists on the environment brought together the knowledge and research shared with local scientists to help provide the best solutions in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development in the future.

Viet Hung