Concrete measures to deal with the pollution caused by wastewater discharged from industrial parks in the Mekong Delta were under discussion at a recent international workshop in Can Tho city.

The event was co-organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and representatives from the German AKIZ project.

Participants were warned that the region is facing a number of adverse environmental impacts caused by industrial parks’ operations such as polluted air and water.

The delta is home to 120 industrial parks and aims to have 240 by 2020. They are reported to discharge an average of 47 million litres of wastewater and 220,000 tonnes of solid waste every year.

According to the ministry, only 66 percent of the region’s industrial zones are built with waste treatment stations.

Head of the Southwest Environmental Protection Bureau Pham Dinh Don conceded the pollution in the industrial zones, saying that as the provinces and cities failed to follow the region’s master plan on socio-economic development, the environmental protection work has been ineffective.

To deal with the problem, the participants suggested focusing on the industrial parks’ development plans in line with the local sustainable socio-economic development and environmental protection plans. In addition, more money should be poured into upgrading industrial park infrastructure to protect the environment.-VNA