Hanoi strives to mitigate craft village pollution

18:19 | 27/08/2015 Science - Technology

(VEN) - Hanoi has continued applying more environmental protection models in craft villages in the face of increasing environmental pollution.

Hanoi strives to mitigate craft village pollution

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According to the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade, the city currently has 1,350 craft villages, of which 287 have been recognized by the Hanoi People’s Committee. These villages are playing an important role in the city’s socioeconomic development, with this year’s estimated production value of nearly VND14 trillion.

The number of craft villages has increased by 70 in the 2010-2015 period. However, environmental pollution has also been increasingly serious during the period.

According to the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade, environmentally polluted craft villages are a major issue, affecting local ecology and people. Most craft villages do not have waste water, solid waste and emission treatment systems.

All local craft villages failed to meet standards for waste water treatment. Particularly, some agricultural processing villages have exceeded the permitted waste water pollution level by 9,200 times, while several metal-working, textile and pottery villages have been polluted in terms of air and noise.

Recognizing the situation, Hanoi has deployed many solutions to mitigate environmental pollution at local craft villages. During the 2010-2015 period, it has focused on several waste water treatment projects in Son Dong and Van Canh villages in Hoai Duc District, Tan Hoa Village in Quoc Oai District and Thanh Thuy Village in Thanh Oai District; a wood dust treatment model in Van Ha Wood-working Village in Dong Anh District and a waste water bio-treatment model in Bich Hoa Village, Thanh Oai District.

In addition, the city has also approved a project for the construction of concentrated waste water treatment systems in 16 local industrial clusters for the 2010-2015 period. Currently, people’s committees at district and commune levels and related investors are involving in the construction of these systems at seven local industrial clusters. The remainder will be settled later this year. 

The city aims to develop local craft villages toward green, clean, scenic objectives for the 2016-2020 period through adopting a series of solutions including equipment and technological renovation and transfer for craft production bases.

Hanoi encourages local craft village to develop along with protecting the environment via craft incentives and support policies, aiming at sustainable development. A craft production base is required to have an environmental impact assessment report to related authorities before mass production. Any craft production facility that causes environmental pollution will be suspended and craft production facilities  near or within residential areas will be gradually removed.


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