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Hanoi (VNA) – The good management of waste helps ensure urban beauty and safety, protect people’s health, reduce air and water pollution, adapt to climate change and spur economic development, Japanese experts said at a workshop in Hanoi on April 24.

They said Japan has issued suitable policies and laws in each development period in an effort to protect the environment, and the country has been seen as a pioneer in waste treatment technologies.

Naomichi Murooka, Deputy Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), said waste management has become a pressing issue in Vietnam.

Although Vietnam has devised timely policies on waste management, the country still faces challenges in this field, he said.

Meanwhile, Yamada Masato from Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies pointed out problems facing Vietnam like the lack of landfills, air and water pollution around landfills and the disapproval of local people living around landfills.

Japan is applying waste-to-energy technology, he said, stressing that Vietnam should consider cost and management issues before employing this technology.

Hoang Van Thuc, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Environment Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), said Vietnam is pursuing a waste-free and circular economy as waste is considered as resources in many countries.

Vietnam has taken solutions to improve the efficiency of waste management, he said, citing the Government’s Resolution No. 09/NQ-CP dated February 3, 2019 under which the MoNRE was tasked with waste management.

Proposals made by international experts will serve as the foundation for the amendments to the Law on Environmental Protection, he added.-VNA