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PM calls for new focus on environment

Update: January, 13/2010 - 18:00

Youth in Bac Lieu Province help clean up Bac Lieu River. — VNA/VNS Photo Huynh Thanh Su

Youth in Bac Lieu Province help clean up Bac Lieu River. — VNA/VNS Photo Huynh Thanh Su

HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to build and improve State management mechanisms and policies on sustainable environmental protection.

He made the statement at a ministry meeting reviewing its activities in 2009 and making plans for this year.

Dung said that this mechanism would put focus on ensuring the safety of water supplies for people in urban and rural areas.

Dung asked the ministry to boost management and inspection activities on environmental pollution in rivers and to enforce stricter punishments on environmental polluters.

He emphasised the necessity of all of society participating in these activities.

Dung said that better management of land would protect agricultural areas and forests, contributing to food security and environmental protection while saving adequate land for improving infrastructure to meet the demands of the country’s industrialisation and modernisation process.

He said that relevant authorities should listen to people’s opinions and complaints related to land usage so that they could make solutions based on State laws.

He said that weather forecasts should be improved to help people take action against natural disasters.

Dung also asked the ministry to make quick investigations and evaluations on mineral reserves to best exploit them.

The PM asked localities to draw solutions against climate change, rising sea levels and deforestation.

According to ministry leaders, this year the ministry would implement its main tasks which include improving the ministry’s state management mechanism, improving staff competence, creating incomes from natural resources and co-operating with other ministries.

PM Dung affirmed that the activities of the ministry had made great contributions to socio-economic development.

The ministry last year improved its shortcomings in land management and usage, as well as in land clearance and resettlement issues. — VNS

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