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Coastal localities of the central province of Quang Nam province were provided with expertise on how to respond to oil spills during a training course organised in the province on September 22.

Participants were taught ways to prevent oil spills at sea from happening and how to cope with the problem should it occur.

Information on measures to control environmental pollution in coastal areas and islands, laws and regulations related to the issue were given to attendees.

Nguyen Vien, Director of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said the course aims to improve the capacity of local authorities, sectors and residents to react quickly to oil spills, thereby helping localities build response plans to minimise losses.

Coastal zones account for about 15 percent of Quang Nam province’s area. Almost all residents in the areas are living off fishing and aquaculture, which are heavily affected by oil spills.

Oil spills would also negatively affect the local tourism sector, as the province boasts many international-standard tourism areas and cultural and historical relic sites which depend on clean water and a healthy environment.-VNA