Vietnam needs assistance from foreign scientists in its efforts to protect the environment, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha remarked at an international conference on environmental pollution, restoration, and management on Wednesday.
Speaking to more than 200 experts from 25 nations and territories in Quy Nhon City, the capital of the south-central province of Binh Dinh, Minister Ha confirmed that Vietnam faces many environmental challenges, including rising pollution, decreasing biodiversity, limitations to environmental management, lack of forecasting capability, and insufficient resources to deal with environmental incidents.
In order to solve existing issues and strive toward improved environmental protection and sustainable development, Vietnam needs help from global scientists with the implementation of modern technology and effective measures.
Delegates agreed to establish a network for international experts in the field of environmental studies to discuss relevant topics and share relevant knowledge.
The scientists within the network can then use it to voice their opinions on how to solve a particular problem in a nation, a region, or the world.
According to Dr. Ross Smith, vice-president of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the over 200 delegates at the conference could be considered a network.
The experts are willing to share their understanding to help Vietnam with its issues, Dr. Smith stated.
Tran Thanh Van, a Vietnamese professor, also suggested the formation of a research center to study environmental toxicology, another motion supported by the attendees.
The conference is scheduled to run until March 11 and to consist of three sessions covering 12 topics and 150 discussions.
It is the first in a series of 18 events held for the 13th edition of Rencontres du Vietnam (Meet Vietnam), a major science and education program with the aim of helping Vietnamese and Pacific-Asian scientists network and exchange with Western colleagues.