At the signing ceremony (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) -
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT) have agreed to work more closely together to protect the environment and cope with climate change in the field of transport during the 2018-2021 period.

Under the agreement signed in Hanoi on March 8, the two ministries will cooperate to mitigate transport activities’ impacts on natural resources and the environment as well as implement programmes to reduce green house gas emissions and cope with climate change.

MONRE is in charge of chairing and coordinating with MOT to make and implement plans on the use of seas, exploitation and sustainable use of seashore resources; and implementations of regulations on environmental protection and on importing and using secondhand ships.

They will cooperate in building and developing domestic carbon market and cooperation mechanism in mitigating green house gas emission in transport activities.

Meanwhile, MOT is responsible for working with MONRE in controlling marine and island environment pollution; regularly updating transport data for MONRE; and increasing information dissemination to raise public awareness of abiding by regulations on environment protection in the field of transport.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha said he expected that the two ministries would always stand side by side to uphold their resources and functions to better manage and supervise the adaptation of regulations on natural resources and environment in transport activities.

He noted that cooperation between the two ministries must be done regularly and each ministry should fulfill its role to improve the efficiency in managing resources, environmental protection and climate change adaptation.

The two ministries should build and complete related regulations and mechanisms and share relevant information and data in the field, Ha said.

The cooperation programmes should be concretised with specific plans, regular direction and supervision and review, he said.

The two ministries will meet to share information and review cooperation tasks every six months during the 2018-2021 period to speed up related works and handle any emerging shortcomings.-VNA