The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on May 5 held a conference on the popularisation of sea and island sovereignty, to raise the community’s awareness of the role, position and significance of sea and islands in people’s lives and during national industrialisation and modernisation.

Vietnam has a sea surface of more than 1 million sq. km and more than 3,000 islands. People living along the 3,260 km coastline represent almost half of its total population.

The event emphasised the important task for ministries and branches, particularly coastal localities, to raise community awareness of the role and position of sea and islands, the Resolutions on Vietnam ’s sea strategy until 2020 and a national defence strategy.

The conference said the ministry was assessing legal documents and policies on sea and islands resources and environment, to propose the contents of the sea environment and natural resources bill.

The Vietnam Sea and Islands General Department and the Khanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee agreed to choose central coastal Nha Trang city to host Vietnam Sea and Islands Week 2011.

The three-day event is expected to be attended by Vietnamese Party and State leaders, representatives from 28 coastal cities and provinces, foreign embassies, UNESCO, the World Bank and the UNDP.

Sea and Islands Week 2011 is expected to be opened at Vinpearl Land deluxe resort on June 6./.