Truong Sa Lon island (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The annual Vietnam Sea and Islands Week will take place in the southernmost province of Ca Mau in June in response to World Oceans Day (June 8), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment announced.

This year’s event, themed “Our oceans, our future”, will feature various activities, including meetings, beach clean-ups and providing gifts and medicines to soldiers and people on Hon Chuoi island.

The ministry ordered organisations and agencies to hold activities in response to the week while popularising the Party and Government’s sea and island policies, thus raising public awareness of protecting the sea environment.

Popularisation should focus on affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos, international laws on sea and islands as well as bilateral and multilateral agreements between Vietnam and foreign countries and organisations.

Enhancing capacity to respond to climate change and restructuring the sea based economy to attract investment will be given prioritised.

Ministries, branches and localities will organise conferences and forums on sustainable protection of Vietnamese sea and island, ensuring socio-economic development and defence and security.

Coastal and sea areas are expected to contribute 53-55 percent to national gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020 as set by the 4th meeting of the 10th Party Central Committee on the Vietnam Strategy on the Sea.-VNA