The management of natural resources and the environment has been a pressing issue in many parts of the country, as heard during a review meeting on July 15 of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

In the first half of 2015, the sector carried out 1,183 inspections, resulting in 644 organisations and individuals fined at a total cost of 38 billion VND (1.75 million USD) and 1,426 hectares of land were proposed to be revoked.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has thus far processed 1,719 petitions, 98 percent of which came from land disputes.

In addition, licensing process for and management of natural resources exploitation have faced several problems with environmental protection, according to participating officials.

They agreed that the sector ought to intensify inspections and effectively handle petitions.-VNA