The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) on October 11 held a conference to deploy Government Resolution No. 35 on a number of urgent environmental issues.

According to experts, Vietnam’s environmental pollution will increase threefold in the next 10 years, and four to five times by 2025 if environmental protection tasks do not receive proper attention.

Besides economic loss, environmental pollution also negatively and directly impacts on human health.

MoNRE Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen said the environment is considered one of the three pillars of the country’s sustainable development, besides the economy and society.

Resolution No. 35 adopted in March this year identifies six urgent issues in Vietnam’s environmental protection including the development of industrial parks and clusters out of line with environmental infrastructure and mineral exploitation that is not under strict management.

It also includes issues in solid waste and medical waste, household and industrial wastewater, as well as exhaust fumes and dust.

Additionally, degenerated biodiversity is another hot environmental issues.

The resolution identifies numerous tasks and solutions for the ministers, agencies and local authorities to follow.-VNA