Localities nationwide have taken various activities to respond to the World Environment Day, which takes the theme “Think. Eat. Save” (June 5).

The Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) and the Bac Ninh provincial People’s Committee jointly hosted a meeting during which a call for greater efforts to protect the environment and deal with climate change was made for women across the country.

In 2005, the VWU signed a joint resolution on environmental protection for sustainable development with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Bac Ninh has poured hundreds of billions of Vietnam dong in waste treatment in rural areas and protecting the environment.

The same day, 1,000 students of Dong Thap University in the Mekong Delta province of the same name gathered to learn about different ways to preserve the environment healthily.

On this occasion, the provincial Red Cross society kick-started a campaign to raise local people’s awareness of using fresh water wisely.

A tree planting campaign has also been launched at the Bo Y international border gate, Ngoc Hoi district, the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum , with a total of 2,300 trees planted.

Kon Tum leaders joined their counterparts from Cambodian province of Rattanakiri at the ceremony.

Responding to the World Environment Day, thousands of trees have been planted in many localities nationwide such as the northern mountainous province of Lang Son and Lam Dong province in the Central Highlands .

Joining efforts to protect the environment, the southern province of An Giang on June 5 released over five tonnes of fish into the Hau river, aiming to preserve indigenous and rare species of fish.

The capital city of Hanoi has also vowed to set up a network of communications staff whose responsibilities are to monitor the management of environment pollution in industrial, processing and hi-tech zones.

The move is in line with the city’s goal to equip industrial zones, processing zones, industrial clusters and hi-tech parks with sewage treatment systems by 2015.

Meanwhile, the Lao Cai provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment has assigned the provincial environmental protection agency to work with the managing board of industrial areas to supervise the implementation of projects on environmental pollution treatment.

The agency has also inspected the performance of production facilities and businesses in environmental protection.

The Mekong Delta province of Soc Trong , which is among ten localities hardest hit by sea level rise, has issued a plan of action to cope with climate change during the 2011-2015 period.-VNA