Japan helps Vietnam’s institute build capacity in environmental issues hinh anh 1The Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japan Association of Environment Assessment October 28. (Photo: baotainguyenmoitruong.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Japan Association of Environment Assessment (JEAS) has agreed to help the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) of Vietnam build capacity in environmental issues.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Hanoi on October 28, the two sides will cooperate in environmental assessment – including strategic environmental assessment, environmental and social impact analysis and environmental assessment; laws and regulations related to environmental management; and accreditation scheme on environmental assessment and others.

They will also co-organise workshops and seminars as well as experience-sharing trips between Vietnam and Japan, exchange scientific information, carry out joint studies and co-publish papers.

ISPONRE deputy director Nguyen Trung Thang said assessment of risks of climate change and potential to reduce greenhouse gas emission should be integrated into laws on environmental impact assessment. The institute is working with the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) to revise provisions of environmental impact assessment in the Law on Environmental Protection, he said.

JEAS President Osamu Kajitani said there is a wide range of areas for cooperation between the two sides. The JEAS is an association of businesses with a close link with the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, universities and research institutes.

He hoped that the agreement will help the two sides remove existing barriers and better support businesses./.