A report from the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) shows worrying figures about the environment.
It is estimated that 100,000 tons of plant protection chemicals are used in Vietnam every year, and that more than 2,000 investment projects have insufficient environmental impact assessments, while hundreds of industrial zones (IZs) have no waste water treatment systems.
According to the ministry, Vietnam’s land, water and air environment remain ‘relatively good’. However, the environment bears pressure from development activities, international integration activities and cross-border impact.
There are 283 IZs in Vietnam which discharge 550,000 cubic meters of waste water a day, and 615 clusters of industrial production workshops, of which only five percent have concentrated waste water treatment systems.
The others either treat waste water themselves or discharge waste water directly to the environment.
There are also more than 500,000 small-scale production workshops, many of which use outdated technologies and cause pollution. Keep reading