Vietnam’s first-ever environmental protection ratings launched
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has for the first time announced environmental protection rankings based on its own indicators for assessing the results of environmental protection.
This is the first year the Ministry released the rating, using the set of Environmental Protection Performance Indicators (PEPI). This set of indicators was issued in October 2019.
The set of indicators includes 27 component indexes, which are structured into two groups, including: evaluation of the implementation of environmental protection objectives and tasks; and assessing people's satisfaction with the quality of the living environment.
Five localities achieved good levels including Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Da Nang, Quang Ninh, and Tra Vinh.
As many as 34 provinces and cities achieved fair levels of environmental protection, including: Bac Kan, Bac Giang, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Ha Nam, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Hung Yen, Phu Tho, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Son La, Tuyen Quang, Ha Tinh, Thanh Hoa, Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue, Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Can Tho, Phu Yen, Tay Ninh, Kon Tum, Lam Dong, Dak Nong, Dien Bien, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Long An, Ninh Thuan, Tien Giang, HCM City, and Vinh Long.
The remaining 24 provinces and cities reached the average level, including: Hanoi, Nghe An, Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc, Thai Nguyen, Hoa Binh, Lai Chau, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh, Yen Bai, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Binh Phuoc, Binh Thuan, Ca Mau, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Quang Ngai, Quang Tri, and Soc Trang.
The Ministry will ask the local government to have solutions to improve the effectiveness of environmental protection and the performance of the PEPI in following years.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is working to revise a set of indicators evaluating the outcomes of environmental protection in line with the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 that became effective from January 1.
The environment is suffering great pressure from socio-economic activities with an increase in environmental pollution both in quantity and scale, calling for more effective solutions to handle the issue.