The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) has just completed a report on maritime environment and national islands covering the 2016 – 2020 period. The report provides assessments on current issues in the maritime and insular environments over the period and serves as a foundation for devising orientations and solutions for managing, preventing and minimizing marine pollution. It is also an important and practical source of information for devising and implementing policies on maritime and insular environment protection.
The report points out that during 2016 – 2020, most of the waste from the mainland indirectly affected the marine and insular environment via river mouths. Pollution increased in the river mouths running through or near coastal cities.
According to the report, 74% of solid waste of coastal localities was collected in 2019 while the volume of daily wastewater in urban areas amounted to 122 million – 163 million cubic meters. Crucially, up to 70% of tourist destinations across the country are located in coastal regions.
In other news, Vietnam approved a master plan mandating an inventory of inter-provincial river basins and national water resources. The project, to be carried out in the next five years, will provide data on water resources, exploitation and use of water as well as discharge of wastewater. It will serve as a basis for completing policies and laws on water resources.