Loss of natural resources in Vietnam (CCD-Coalition / OLYecology)

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A new environmental report shows Viet Nam’s biodiversity, the number of different plants and animals in its ecosystem, and water resources are fading fast due to pollution and fewer intact forests. The report was released by the National Committee on Clean Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation in Ha Noi on Wednesday. Members said looking at current rates of deforestation and clear-cutting, more than three-fourths of the country’s mangrove forests would be gone in the next 50 years. Water resources are faring little better, according to the report.

Clean water will be harder to find as more reservoirs, lakes, rivers and streams become contaminated by sewer runoff, harmful chemicals and industrial pollution. That same day, the committee announced it is launching a national public awareness campaign called Clean Water and Environmental Sanitation Week from April 29 to May 6. Committee members said they hoped the campaign would let Vietnamese know about the importance of conserving Viet Nam’s resources. The committee plans to lobby for legislation to protect the environment, reduce pollution, promote alternative energy and establish groups to help save Viet Nam’s ecosystems.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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