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Seminar spotlights marine planning

Update: June, 01/2013 - 09:57
HAI PHONG (VNS)— A two-day seminar started in the northern city of Hai Phong on Thursday to discuss the application of coastal and marine spatial planning (MSP) in Viet Nam.

The effort is regarded as an important step in overcoming threats to the country's environmental health and marine future.

The ever-increasing economic development is putting a great deal of pressure on the environment and aquatic resources, making sustainable MSP essential, an official from Hai Phong City told the seminar.

Nguyen Van Thanh, Secretary of the Hai Phong City's Party Committee, added that in the future these well-planned projects would be prioritised by the city.

For MSP to be successful, Viet Nam needs to exert more effort in developing technical guidance and defining the legal intricacies of policies and laws, said Associate Professor Nguyen Chu Hoi.

He is also former Deputy Director General of the Viet Nam Administration of Seas and Islands under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The seminar forms part of the programme "Mangroves for the Future (MFF)," regulated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Viet Nam.

The programme is financially supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD), Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA) and Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

MSP is a process that brings together representatives from industrial and service sectors, local and national politicians and members of the community in a bid to build strategies for sustainable marine resources usage. — VNS

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