Projects under the Vietnam-Denmark Development Cooperation in Environment Programme (DCE) have effectively helped to improve the environment in Vietnam.

The results have been seen in Phu Tho, Thai Nguyen, Ha Nam, Nghe An, Quang Nam and Ben Tre provinces.

The programme not only helped enterprises reduce energy consumption, production costs and improve the living environment, but also brought benefits to local people, especially in Mo Cay and Ba Tri districts of Ben Tre province.

Because of these achievements, the programme is expected to be extended in future.

The DCE programme was carried out from 2005 to 2011 with a budget of 250 million DKK in non-refundable aid from the Danish government.

The programme aimed to assist Vietnam in implementing a national strategy on environmental protection, ensure people could earn a sustainable living and improve living conditions for the poor.

It included five components, namely pollution control in poor, densely populated areas, sustainable livelihoods in and around marine protected areas, cleaner production in industry, environmentally sustainable development in poor urban areas and capacity support in environmental planning and management.

The cleaner production in industry component has helped Vietnam reduce wastewater by 1.3 million cubic metres and carbon dioxide emission by 30,000 tonnes annually./.