Winners at Earth Day's competition on environmental protection. (Source: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) – The 2016 Earth Day was marked in Hanoi on April 23 with the message of “clean water resource – a strong economy”, attracting the participation of nearly 1,000 volunteers from enterprises, unions, youth groups and universities.
The annual event is aimed at bolstering the involvement of relevant parties in monitoring and preventing water pollution, as well as changing the behaviour of environmental protection in general, and the protection of water resources in the community in particular. 

Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) Hoang Van Thuc asserted that the involvement of the community in environmental protection and monitoring is crucial and is institutionalised in the Law of Environment Protection.

Several activities were held at the event including a bicycle parade, games and competitions and then waste collection, in order to increase awareness of environmental protection. 

The event was jointly organised by the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Centre for Environment and Community Research (CECR), the Coalition for Clean Water and the Hanoi Lake Club.-VNA