Ministry of Environment and USAID team up to fight pollution – Viet Nam

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VGP – The Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have formalized their partnership to address the complex challenges of climate change and environmental pollution through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

“Recent COP26 meetings in Glasgow aimed to accelerate humanity’s cooperation on climate change and underscored the importance of collective action to preserve and protect our environment and our planet,” said the director of the USAID Mission, Yastishock, at today’s ceremony. “USAID applauds the commitments made by the Prime Minister of Viet Nam at COP26, and we stand ready to support Viet Nam in achieving these important goals. This MoU will help facilitate effective collaboration between USAID and MONRE on climate change and environmental pollution and will take us one step closer to greater environmental awareness and change for Viet Nam’s citizens and economy.”

With its long and densely populated coastline, Viet Nam has been ranked by the World Bank among the top five countries likely to be most affected by climate change. A high proportion of the country’s population and economic assets are found in the coastal lowlands and deltas, which are subject to frequent typhoons, floods, droughts and landslides. In addition, Viet Nam faces a series of environmental pollution problems largely driven by agriculture, transportation and industry.

USAID’s collaboration with MONRE will focus on air quality management; integrated water resources management and water security; conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity; ocean plastic, solid waste management and recycling; and reducing emissions responsible for climate change.

Over the past five years, USAID has worked closely with Viet Nam to foster collective action by local actors – including the Government of Viet Nam, the private sector, social organizations, and citizens – to raise awareness of the causes and effects of environmental pollution problems, and increase knowledge of effective strategies for reducing environmental pollution. USAID believes that solving complex environmental problems is a long-term process that requires close collaboration and joint action by Viet Nam government entities, citizens, the private sector, and local organizations, which have all have common concerns and share mutual benefits in solving specific environmental problems. pollution problems. By empowering local actors to take the lead in identifying and addressing environmental challenges, USAID advances locally-led, sustainable development and contributes to Viet Nam’s ownership of its prosperity, quality of life and its sustainable and green economic growth.

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