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A year of environmental progress

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has made tremendous efforts to fulfil its tasks, contributing to the country’s economic targets for 2021. 

Here are the highlights for the sector from last year.

A year of environmental progress


Natural resources management

This is one of the key tasks identified in the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress and is an important topic at the high-level agenda of the Party and state leaders.

Natural resources management and environmental protection are key topics that the Party and state leaders directly discuss at domestic and international high-level conferences and forums. The set tasks need to be strictly managed to rationally and effectively use land and resources; protect and improve the environment; and proactively and actively implement solutions to adapt to climate change and natural disasters.

Strong commitment at COP26

The prime minister led the Vietnamese delegation to attend the COP26 climate summit with a strong commitment to act in response to climate change and energy transition, opening up many opportunities to access knowledge, technology, and finance.

Vietnam has committed to net zero emissions by 2050 and to achieve methane emission reduction by 30 per cent by 2030. It also joined the declarations on the transition away from coal in 2030-2040 and Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest coalition.

Land use planning

The National Assembly passed a resolution on national land use planning for 2021-2030 with a vision to 2050, along with a more detailed plan for 2021-2025.

The resolution identifies the target to ensure enough land for the country’s socioeconomic development strategy, thus laying a foundation to turn Vietnam into a high-income developed nation by 2045, ensuring national defence and security, protecting the environment and ecosystems, and adapting to climate change.

New directive on hydrometeorology

The development strategy of the hydrometeorological sector to 2030, with a vision to 2045, was approved by the prime minister in November.

Vietnam’s hydrometeorology aims to reach the advanced science and technology level of Asia, capable of providing sufficient, reliable, and timely hydro-meteorological information and data to meet the requirements of socioeconomic development, natural disaster prevention and control as well as climate change adaptation.

Water management incorporated in master plans

The prime minister approved the general planning of river basins, a master plan on basic survey of water resources to 2030, and a number of other projects. These continue to be tools to improve the efficiency of management and use of national water resources to ensure national water resource security and inter-regionality; efficient use of water resources in river basins; and consistency with national and regional planning for socioeconomic development.

Promoting marine economy innovation

The prime minister issued Directive No.31/CT-TTg dated November on the strategy for sustainable development of Vietnam’s marine economy to 2030, with a vision to 2045.

Also in 2021, the National State of Sea and Island Environment Report for 2016-2020 was published. This is the first report to reflect the existing state of the national marine environment, serving as a foundation for orientation and proposing solutions to effectively manage, prevent, and reduce pollution, as well as gradually improve the sea and island environment.

Operation of remote satellite systems

The exploitation of remote sensing satellite signal reception was carried out, to receive high-resolution image data from French satellites, providing a number of images covering the entire territory on land and in the seas of Vietnam.

Along with this acquisition, the high-resolution remote sensing satellite signal system contributes to building a large database of remote sensing, serving the management requirements and providing data for industries and fields serving socioeconomic development, defence, and security assurance.

Biosphere reserves recognised by UNESCO

Nui Chua Biosphere Reserve has a typical arid ecosystem in Southeast Asia with a natural area of ​​nearly 30,000 hectares, and where more than 1,500 species of plants live together. The forest ecosystem has special value and is one of 200 globally important ecological regions selected for the highest conservation priority of all major habitat types on Earth.

Kon Ha Nung Biosphere Reserve, meanwhile, has a unique plateau feature spreading over 413,000ha, including the entire area of ​​Kon Ka Kinh National Park and Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. It contains a treasure trove of the rich and distinctive cultural heritage of the local community.

Can Tho’s sustainability accolades

Can Tho city won the ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City Award last year, the fifth Vietnamese city to pick up the award.

Meanwhile, Thai Van Nguyen – who founded Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, which rescued 1,540 pangolins from the illegal wildlife trade since 2014 – won the Goldman Prize Recipient Asia, one of the world’s most prestigious honours for those working on environmental issues.

Dr. Nguyen Hoang Minh from the National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting became the first Vietnamese weather forecaster to receive an award from the World Meteorological Organisation for his research on improving the capability of a coupled meteorological and hydrological model for rainfall and flooding forecasts.

Source: VIR



Two additional enterprises allowed to export pangasius to EAEU

HCM City has ambitious greenery plans for 2022

HCM City plans to add at least 10 hectares of parks and two hectares of public green spaces, and plant or rehabilitate 6,000 trees this year to make the city greener and more beautiful.

Two additional enterprises allowed to export pangasius to EAEU

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (FSVPS) have recently added two more seafood enterprises to the list of Vietnamese firms permitted to export to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), as of May 4.

Vietnam seeks climate finance from G7

The partnership with the world’s advanced economies will help Vietnam address financial problems to pursue the low-carbon strategy.

Hoa Phat fined for having no independent board members

Hoa Phat Group JSC (HPG), a leading Vietnamese steelmaker, has been fined VND125 million for having no independent members on its board of directors.


Miss Supranational Vietnam 2022 debuts in HCM City


SEA Games 31: Vietnamese archers secure two silver medals

HCM City set to pilot casino scheme at luxurious hotels

HCM City is planning to pilot the opening of casinos at hotels rated five stars and above in popular tourist destinations for Vietnamese citizens aged 18 and over.

Fresh opportunities for Vietnam-US cooperation in tourism development and trade

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has voiced his hope that US partners to support Vietnam in policy consultation, capital, human resources, infrastructure systems, technology, and governance.

Prime Minister invites US investment in digital transformation

Meeting with US financial corporations, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said Vietnam is dealing with problems to make the capital market develop in a safe, transparent, effective and sustainable way.

Vietnam's stock market has potential in long term

After the longest losing streak in the past ten years, the VN-Index fell off the 1,200-point mark - an important support level established in 2018.

HCMC seeks to remove obstacles facing 38 property projects

The HCMC government has asked the Department of Construction to coordinate with other departments and agencies to quickly remove bottlenecks facing 38 real estate projects in the city as proposed by the HCMC Real Estate Association (HoREA).

Vietnam removes anti-dumping duties on steel imports from China, S.Korea

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has decided to remove anti-dumping duties on coated steel imports from South Korea and China after five years of imposing the duty.

Local gold regulation considered 'outdated' amid skyrocketing prices

With the price of a tael of gold in Vietnam more than US$800 higher than in the rest of the world, local experts say the local regulation of gold prices is unsuitable.

Encouraging results with Mobile Money deployment in VN

Le Anh Dung, deputy director of the Payment Department under the State Bank of Vietnam, noted that the Mobile Money service has grown positively.