Doctor Michael Parsons has been awarded the insignia “For the Cause of Environment” in recognition of his great contributions to Vietnam’s green sector.

At a ceremony in Hanoi on October 10, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha hailed the significant works by Parsons during the time he served in Vietnam.

Over the past six years, the scientist has played a key role in the United Nations Development Programme’s projects on poverty reduction and environment in Vietnam.

He is also an active volunteer of the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) under the ministry, where he has been building the institute’s capacity and connecting it with other regional and international agencies.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Hugh Borrowman said that using his 35 years of experience in the field, Parsons had determinedly helped Vietnam reach its sustainable environment goals, especially through his initiatives in climate change adaptation, resource management and environment protection.

Doctor Parsons said he was honoured to receive the honour, affirming that he will do his utmost to aid the development of Vietnam’s environment sector in the time to come.-VNA