National Assembly gets international insights for considering the draft revised Environment Law

18 Feb 2014

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Ha Noi - Members of the National Assembly as well as the steering committee and the drafting team of the Law on Environmental Protection revision got more information and international experiences on practical laws at a workshop jointly held in Ha Noi on 18 February 2014 by the National Assembly Committee of Science, Technology and Environment (CSTE) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Discussion at the workshop focused on four issues, including environmental protection planning; environmental protection in the context of climate change; legislative base for environmental dispute or environmental pollution settlement; and obligations under International Conventions on management of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste, including import waste management. In particular, participants in the workshop listened to and discussed insights on formulating and implementing environmental legislation in Indonesia and China were shared and discussed at the workshop.

During the workshop, Mr Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Deputy Country Director, commended Viet Nam for the inclusion of separate chapters on civil society organizations and climate change in the draft Law on Environmental Protection. “While the draft law recognizes the general rights and responsibilities of civil society organizations and local communities in environmental protection, the Law should enable active participation of citizens and people’s organizations in environmental impact assessment as well as monitoring environmental pollution,” he noted.

“Today’s workshop has provided the information that the National Assembly’s is interested in,” said Mr Pham Xuan Dung, Chairman of CSTE. He added that at the upcoming meeting of the NA Standing Committee on 27 February, CSTE would be asked to report on the Environment Law related issues for consideration, CSTE therefore needs to have opinions from various perspectives. “CSTE appreciate international and national experts for your valuable opinions,” he said.

More information?

International Conventions on management of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste: China experience