Changes in awareness The key achievement of environmental protection in the past year was passage of the revised draft Law on Environmental Protection, reflecting a comprehensive policy of making environmental protection a backbone of the sustainable development process. In 2020, with the involvement of news outlets, campaigns were implemented to raise awareness and improve environmental protection through waste treatment and other measures to ensure environmental safety and thereby contribute to growth. In addition, information about environmental air quality has been made available on a wide scale through the VN Air application on mobile devices and publication of the air quality index (VNAQI) on a national scale. Management agencies are using the Envisoft application to monitor and manage environmental data across the country. The rate of solid waste collected and treated in inner-city areas has reached about 92 percent, and 66 percent in suburban areas. Many localities have applied waste incineration to generate electricity instead of burying waste in landfills, with 12 such projects in operation with a capacity of nearly 15,000 tonnes a day. The environment sector has protected and developed 172 terrestrial conservation areas and 16 marine conservation zones, preserving genetic resources and endemic flora and fauna. In 2020,… Read full this story
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