gives nod to Phu Quoc environment protection plan
|Investment priorities in
Phu Quoc Island will be given to commercial projects that include
environmental protection in their plans to ensure sustainable
development of the island. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha
PHU QUOC, KIEN GIANG —
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a master plan to protect the
environment of Phu Quoc Island, a district in the southern province of Kien
The scheme will ensure the
sustainable development of the island while it is being developed into an
upscale international tourism and commercial centre.
Between now and 2010
investment priorities would be given to commercial projects that include
environmental protection in their plans.
Factories and companies
must use clean technologies and ISO 14001 management standards, according to the
government’s scheme. A waste treatment plant with a capacity of 200 tonnes per
day will also be built.
By 2020, 100 per cent of
solid waste and sewage from household and industrial sources will be treated
properly, and all local residents will be provided with fresh water.
The plan calls for
protection of the island’s forests and improvement of air and water quality.
As part of the long-term
plan toward 2020, areas of mangrove forests will be replanted and coral and
algae reserves set aside.
Eco-tourism sites and
itineraries within a national park on the island will be set up and a buffer
zone surrounding the park established.
The plan also calls for
the creation of a database system to monitor sources of pollutants, which will
be strictly controlled, and fees for public services will be collected to
Agencies have been asked
to draw up regulations to ban investing in sectors that could harm the
environment, including the production and use of building materials containing
Licences for 21 investment
projects valued at US$1.72 billion have been issued this year.
The Phu Quoc International
Airport and An Thoi Port are also currently being built. — VNS