Denmark Grants Vietnam’s Pollution Project

The Danish grant of US$10.4 million is for a project on Pollution Control in Densely Populated Areas (PCDA) in four provinces of Vietnam; Ha Nam, Thai Binh, Quang Nam and Ben Tre.
PCDA is aimed at ensuring the quality of the living environment in areas with poor populations. Project activities will include consolidating the legal framework at the central level and implementing performance projects in local villages.
The project is part of a Vietnam-Denmark environment cooperation program to 2010.
It was formalized in a signing ceremony in Hanoi on June 8 with the participation of Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Peter Lysholt Hansen and Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam Pham Khoi Nguyen.
After the signing ceremony, there was a seminar gathering ideas for an action plan for the first year of this five-year project.
Nguyen affirmed that the relation between poverty and the environment was a new and difficult issue for Vietnam. However, environmental protection in densely populated areas was already a national priority.
The PCDA cooperative project was an example of the efforts and determination of both countries, Nguyen said, adding that ministries, sectors and localities would be called upon to actively develop measures and mobilize the public to take part in environmental protection.

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