Symposium provides guidance on evaluation of SDGs in environment hinh anh 1Taking care of newly planted mangroves in Huong Tra town, central Thua Thien-Hue province (Photo: VNA).


Hanoi (VNA) – A training symposium was held in Hanoi on February 27 to provide guidance on the monitoring and evaluation of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in environment for environment experts and scientists as well as policy makers.

Deputy Director General of the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) Nguyen Trung Thang said the ISPONRE has coordinated with the Asian Development Bank under a project to assist with the implementation of SDGs in environment in Asia-Pacific.

He said the symposium was held to enhance local officials’ capacity in monitoring and assessing SDGs related to natural resources and the environment, thus contributing to the implementation of the natural resources and environment sector’s action plan for Vietnam’s SDGs until 2030.

Expert Hoang Hong Hanh from ISPONRE said the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment established an environment committee under the National Council on Sustainable Development and Competitiveness Improvement in 2018, and worked closely with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) to devise legal documents on SDGs.

Latest statistics have shown many improvements in the field of environment and natural resources, Hanh said, noting that as of the late 2018, the rate of forest coverage reached 41.65 percent while up to 88 percent of concentrated industrial and processing zones met environmental standards.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is building instructions on how to implement targets for sustainable development in the field of natural resource and environment, while reviewing set targets and tasks of the sector’s action plan for Vietnam’s SDGs with a view to updating them based on the new situation./.