More than 86 percent of National Assembly deputies approved a draft revised Environment Protection Law on June 23 afternoon during the NA’s ongoing seventh session.

The revised law contains 20 chapters and 170 articles stating that protecting the environment is the responsibility of all agencies, organisations, households and inviduals.

It says that organisations and individuals who benefit from the environment are responsible for providing financial support for environment protection activities.

Likewise, those who pollute the environment have to make proper compensation in accordance with the law.

In addition, the law says that environmental protection should be in harmony with economic development, social protection, biodiversity preservation and adapting to climate change. It also says environment protection needs to be related to appropriate use of natural resources and waste reduction.

The new law also says that the national environment protection plan contains an assessment of the current environmental status, environmental management, environmental and climate change forecast and waste management, among others.-VNA