The government of Vietnam is turning its attention to the growing problem of the country’s polluted water bodies.
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently approved a 10-year action plan to better manage ocean waste, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) has been ordered to prepare and carry out cooperation initiatives at regional and international forums as well as promote the formation of partnerships in ocean plastic waste prevention and combat.
An early step was taken in July 2020, when Vietnam approved a project in Vietnam to reduce plastic waste in oceans sponsored by the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety. The project is designed to create guiding documents and implement policies on plastic waste, as well as raising public awareness and change attitudes towards plastic waste. It will be rolled out in seven localities in the central region and the Mekong Delta and the three marine protected areas of Cu Lao Cham, Con Dao, and Phu Quoc.
MoNRE has also taken part in the Global Plastic Action Partnership and will kick-start programs on plastic and reducing plastic waste in oceans.
In other news, it was recently reported that the city of Hanoi is considering channeling the Red River’s water through a system of pumps to flush out polluted sludge from one of its former tributaries, the To Lich River.