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Vietnamese Updates: Recovers environment for five seriously polluted areas (4 Jan 2013)

Recovers environment for five seriously polluted areas 
Thứ sáu, ngày 04 tháng 01 năm 2013 cập nhật lúc 04:21
After two years of implementing the first phase, the project "Capacity building to eliminate the releases of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Vietnam" carried out by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has achieved some positive results, contributed to reducing POPS throughout the country. According to Dao Xuan Lai, Head of Sustainable Development of United Nations Development Program which is the main sponsor of the project, the phase 1 of the project has achieved many positive results. This will be a solid step for the next stages so as to promote the processing, destruction of contamination and effective control of import and unauthorized use of pesticide chemicals of POP group. "

Implemented from April, 2010 to 12/2012, the project has completed to collect the data of environmental polluted areas caused by POPs. Based on these databases, the project classified 100 areas with the highest level of potential risk to carry out treatment.  Five seriously polluted areas in Cang Mountain (Thai Nguyen Province), Thanh Luu (Ha Tinh Province), Hon Tro, Mau 2 and Vuc Rong (Nghe An Province). The project also support the Government to build Decision No. 1946/QD-TTg on solving, preventing of environmental pollution due to the releases of POPs in the whole country; National Target Program to reduce environmental pollution and environment improvement the period 2012-2015 following the Decision No. 1206/QD-TTg.

The project has developed and issued technical guidelines for disposing and procedures of solving, improving and recovering these areas which are polluted by POP and many other relevant tasks. Besides, the project has inspected, monitored and guided the process of treatment and prevention of environmental pollution. At the end of phase 1, the project has assessed the situation of chemicals illegally imported in the border; situation of deterioration of the storage and needs in improving and building new warehouse.

Van Anh

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