The southernmost province of Ca Mau is taking many practical steps to help improve its environment and address climate change and rising sea level, especially in coastal and urban areas.

The provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment has organised a wide range of activities, such as releasing aquatic breeders and planting trees, in response to Vietnam ’s Sea and Island Week and World Environment Day, which call for global efforts to protect the ocean and prevent the rising sea level.

A number of campaigns have been held across the locality to raise public awareness of protecting the environment, adapting to climate change and minimising its impact, while effectively and economically using natural resources to preserve biodiversity and the ecological system.

Vietnam is recognised as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to environmental changes. One-third of coastal and low-lying areas, where the majority of the country’s population live and cultivate land, will be directly affected by the impact of climate change.

In awareness of this fact, ministries, sectors and localities nationwide have carried out a national strategy to protect the environment between 2014 and 2020, with a vision towards 2030.

Annual spending for protecting the environment accounts for at least one percent of the total State budget expense.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Bui Cach Tuyen, has confirmed that all sectors and levels have been made fully aware of the significance of environment protection and natural resources management, which have become integral tasks of the whole political system.-VNA