15:12 | 05/01/2016 Science - Technology
(VEN) - United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Vietnam Deputy Country Director Bakhodir Burkhanov when addressing a conference to review the project on strengthening national capacity to manage persistent organic pollutants (POPs) financed by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) in Hanoi said that they would continue supporting Vietnam in dealing with POPs.
Handling POPs in Ha Tinh Province’s Thach Luu Commune
Vietnam used many kinds of chemicals in agricultural production before 1990. Due to low awareness on the harmfulness of many kinds of chemicals and bad application, POPs were buried underground, while some of them were kept in old storage, leading to environmental pollution.
According to 2010 statistics, Vietnam had 1,000 POP points including 300 storage sites. After five years of implementation of the project, more than 900 tonnes of POPs have been destroyed and over 5,000sq.m of polluted land have been treated, contributing to ensuring health for more than 2,000 people near to these areas.
The project has contributed to strengthening national capacity to manage POPs. Documents on ensuring the sustainable management of POPs have been developed following international standards and in accordance with the country’s conditions through the project. These documents have been used in training courses for more than 500 staff. In addition, the project has also actively supported to handle and prevent environmental pollution caused by POPs throughout the country following Prime Ministerial Decision 1946/QD-TTg dated October 21, 2010.
Vietnam Environment Administration General Director Nguyen Van Tai said that the project has built measuring indexes and database integrated computing technologies and developed basic approach measures following international standards in terms of management of polluted areas, contributing to creating a foundation for Vietnam to continue dealing with POPs in the coming time.
2015 has been marked as 10 years of the partnership between the UNDP and Vietnam in the implementation of the Stockholm Convention to manage POPs. Bakhodir Burkhanov said that the UNDP would continue promoting cooperation with the Vietnamese government, partners, the business community and localities in order to reduce risks caused by POPs. In addition, the UNDP is supporting the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to provide the latest information regarding the implementation of the Stockholm Convention in Vietnam and will deploy a new project on managing hazardous chemicals in the future.