Implementing Stockholm Convention poses challenges

16:13 | 05/06/2015 Science - Technology

(VEN) - After 10 years of implementing the Stockholm Convention, together with special attention of the government and the support of international organizations, Vietnam’s pollution control and management capacity has been enhanced. However, many challenges have posed during the implementation of the convention.

Implementing Stockholm  Convention  poses challenges

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals

Vietnam Environment Administration Deputy General Director Hoang Duong Tung said, “The Vietnamese environment and its human health have suffered negative impacts caused by toxic chemicals. To implement agendas, the Vietnamese government issued the national plan to implement the Stockholm Convention in 2006, showing Vietnam’s commitments to the world community in terms of protecting human health and the environment from chemicals.”

Vietnam has adopted and issued many policies to implement the Stockholm Convention such as the plan for safe management of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) by the Ministry of Industry and Trade; the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s decision on implementing the national target program and circulars and decrees on transporting, storing and managing chemicals in the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) list.

Together with the support of international organizations, the quantity and quality of activities on inventory, monitoring and pollution assessment of POPs increased sharply in the 2004-2014 period.

Nguyen Anh Tuan from the Vietnam Environment Administration’s Department of Pollution Control said that the national capacity on analyzing and handling POPs has been enhanced. In addition to a high-quality team of scientists and experts, dozens of laboratories in the country have been assessed and recognized. Propaganda activities to raise community awareness in terms of incalculable dangers caused by POPs have also been strengthened.

Implementing the Stockholm Convention in Vietnam has helped reduce hazardous chemical pollution, contributing to protecting the environment and human health. However, many challenges have posed in the implementation process. In particular, the POPs list that needs to be managed is still being further extended due to practical requirements in terms of environmental and human health protection.

Non-refundable aid for environmental protection in Vietnam will strongly decline in the coming time. Therefore, strategies on promoting international cooperation and raising financial resources should be considered in a new context and condition.

Promoting bilateral cooperation activities with regional countries or developing the global POPs projects are seen as feasible solutions for Vietnam.

The Stockholm Convention on POPs is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals. POPs management activities on a global scale within the framework of the Stockholm Convention has been significantly supported by the international community with a total budget of US$2 billion. Vietnam is one of the countries receiving financial and technical support from the international community for a total amount of US$100 million, including US$20 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and US$80 million from the US./.

By Thu Huong

 

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