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ASEAN ministers discuss environment issues

Update: November, 01/2014 - 08:39

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam attended the two-day 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (IAMME) and the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution in Vientiane, Laos, which ended yesterday.

Led by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen, the Vietnamese delegation made active contributions to the events, which focused on the implementation of collaborative environmental protection activities outlined in a master plan building the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community as well as initiatives to enhance future cooperation.

Ministers hailed member states' efforts in finalising the ASEAN Peatland Forests Project in 2009-2014 and implementing the ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy in 2006-2020 and the EU-funded Rehabilitation and Sustainable Use of Peatland Forests in Southeast Asia (SEApeat) project.

Viet Nam's central imperial city of Hue was granted the ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City title, while Da Lat city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong received the ASEAN certificate of recognition for clean air.

The 13th ASEAN+3 Environment Ministers' Meeting (with partners from China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea), and the fourth East Asia Summit Environment Ministers' Meeting were also held in Vientiane to discuss co-operation in the field of biodiversity, climate change, environment education and technology and building environmentally sustainable cities.

Viet Nam will host the 13th AMME and the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution in 2015. — VNS


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