A corner of Phú Quốc island district in southern Kiên Giang Province. Half of Việt Nam’s seas and islands will be surveyed in 2020. — VNA Photo
HÀ NỘI - At least half of Việt Nam’s seas and islands will be surveyed in terms of natural resources and marine and island environment by 2030, at a scale of 1:500,000, according to a decision signed recently by Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng.
The surveys will be run by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment with support of ministries of finance, planning and investment, national defence, science and technology.
Surveys with a larger ratio will be conducted in major areas as part of a recently-approved project to investigate the country’s natural resources, marine and island environment.
A general survey of the marine ecology and socio-economic conditions will be carried out from 2020-2025 to collect data on meteorology, the marine environment and earthquake and tsunami risks to plan the sustainable exploitation and use of natural resources.
As well as designing and building facilities at sea, the project will assess the impact of natural factors on these facilities, such as saltwater intrusion, the degradation of the marine environment, sustainable sea-based economic development, the protection of national defence and security at sea, climate change response and rising sea levels. Meanwhile, shoals and reefs will be subject to detailed investigations.
Between 2026 and 2030, the project will include both fundamental investigations and scientific research.
Under the project, Việt Nam will enhance international co-operation to research regional and global issues like climate change response, rising sea levels, cross-border waste, earthquake and tsunami warnings, and marine environmental pollution and degradation. — VNS