The expanding number of craft villages nationwide has increased environmental pollution, and addressing the issue requires strong communal engagement.

A majority 70 percent of the country’s craft villages are concentrated in the north, with the highest density in the Red River Delta region which suffers from substantial pollution concerns.

Low environmental knowledge and bad management lie at the root of the issue. Local officials in charge of monitoring pollution are poorly informed, leading to apathy and rampant violations. Although all localities have a loose agenda for sustainable growth in craft villages by 2020, the non-specific and unenforced plans are unlikely to take effect.

Based on research of the pressing issue, the Institute of Human Geography considers mobilizing public involvement and support to be the most promising initiative.

Accordingly, the centre suggests establishing relevant legal frameworks and mobilization mechanisms for human and financial resources from the communities, outlining detailed sustainable models suitable for each village, and intensifying the implementation of green campaigns.

Vietnam is home to nearly 3,000 craft villages, including 240 traditional villages. The market generates jobs for 11 million people.-VNA