Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a number of projects for the 2013-2020 period to help implement the nation’s marine resources and environment investigation and management goals.

Accordingly, from 2013 to 2018 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will preside over a project to investigate and assess the characteristics of the country’s geological structure and propose measures to exploit and use the territory to serve infrastructure construction and development, particularly in coastal areas.

The ministry will also implement a basic investigation project on the environment and resources of the coastal areas to serve maritime economic development and protect security and defence in the 2013-2016 period, and another to assess water resources for Vietnam’s islands from 2013 to 2015.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology is responsible for carrying out a project to research harmful parasites and microorganisms in the country’s waters to protect the marine ecosystem and public health during 2013-2015.

The ministry will coordinate with other relevant ministries, agencies and provincial People’s Committees to speed up the implementation process and ensure the efficiency of projects.-VNA