UNDP to assist Viet Nam in eliminating harmful pesticide stockpiles

05 Apr 2010

The United Nations and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) today announced a four-year project which will support national agencies and provincial authorities in safely disposing existing stockpiles of banned and harmful persistent organic pesticides. The US$11 million project is funded through the state budget (US$6.5 million) and by the Global Environment Facility, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and United Nations Development Programme (US$4.5 million).

Viet Nam has suffered perhaps more than any other country from the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Most are associated with war-time use of chemical defoliants. However, the adverse effect from improper use of pesticides in crop protection and disease control is becoming increasingly significant.

The import and use of POP pesticides is now banned in Viet Nam. However, stockpiles that were accumulated before the bans came into effect still exist. A recent survey by MONRE shows that of the 1,153 areas polluted by POP pesticides, there are 289 pesticide stockpiles in 35 provinces. Of these stockpiles, eighty-nine are causing serious environmental pollution due to poor facilities and erosion.

“Because of their long-term impact on human health and the eco-system, cleaning up POP stockpiles and POP contaminated sites is one of the top environmental protection priorities in Viet Nam,” said Mr Christophe Bahuet, Deputy Country Director of UNDP. “This project will greatly help to protect the health of current and future generations of Vietnamese and encourage sustainable agricultural development in a POP-free environment.”

Download related documents here
- Press release
- Speech at launch of the project