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Hanoi (VNA) – The Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) held a seminar in Hanoi on October 31, focusing on making centrally run provinces and cities aware of green growth as part of their socio-economic plans.

According to CIEM, the national master plan on green lifestyle and consumption consists of promoting sustainable development in urban areas and an environmentally friendly lifestyle among residents. Provinces and cities are urged to proactively tailor these goals to their population characteristics and economic conditions, with priorities given to waste treatment and pollution level.

As heard at the seminar, many localities have faced difficulties building a green economy due to financial shortage, low capacity of personnel and uneven local awareness on the matter, among other factors.

Participating experts recommended local authorities to learn from successful green growth models and come up with solutions to mobilize resources.

They said each locality should study their pollution level and pay attention to build a green production and lifestyle.

The application of advanced technologies and organisation of awareness-raising campaigns are also important, they added.

Tran Trung Hieu, deputy head of CIEM’s economic institution, said building a green economy should be included in socio-economic plans of provinces and cities nationwide between now and 2020, boosting its contribution to the local GDP.-VNA