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Improving Natural Resources and Environment Management

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018


Since the province was re-established, the natural resources and environment sector of Hau Giang province has always fulfilled its function of advising and assisting the Provincial People’s Committee to exercise State administration of natural resources and environment for successful achievement of socioeconomic development, security and defence objectives and tasks of the province.

To date, most fields of natural resources and environment in the province have been planned to lay an important basis for administering and planning local socio-economic development policies. In addition, more than 60 legal documents on management of natural resources and environment have been issued by the Provincial People’s Committee to fundamentally tackle local issues, particularly policies and regulations on compensation, support and resettlement in official reclamation of land.

To speed up investment progress in socio-economic development projects, the natural resources and environmental sector of Hau Giang province has actively cooperated with related provincial departments and agencies to clear, reclaim, allocate and lease land. As of May 31, 2018, the sector advised the Provincial People’s Committee to issue decisions to revoke 1,014.2 ha of land, rent 502.38 ha and change the purpose of use of 261.97 ha. Land allocation or lease is based on approved planning to ensure right recipients, right places, areas and legality. Quick, streamlined administrative procedures significantly help speed up project progress. The order and procedures for land recovery, land allocation and lease, and the order and procedures for land compensation and ground clearance plans strictly adhere to the law.

Constructing annualised land prices (before July 1, 2014) and five-year schemes has been carried out consistently from provincial level to grassroots level. Land-use right certification has been issued to all commune-level units, with a successful rate of 99.87 per cent. Annual indicators of natural resources and environment reached and exceeded targets set in the Resolution.

Water and mineral resources management has been strengthened and produced positive changes. The Department of Natural Resources and Environment advised the Provincial People’s Committee to issue more than 180 permits on water resources, nearly 20 licences for mining activity; complete water resources monitoring system; manage and control waste sources to protect water resources; ensure rational and economical extraction and use of water for the purpose of sustainable socio-economic development.

The appraisal of environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports for investment projects is strictly implemented. From 2004 to date, new investment projects are required to prepare EIA reports or make environmental protection commitments. The province has directed all of its agencies concerned to seriously assess and ensure report quality before submitting to the Provincial People’s Committee for approval. Every year, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment assumes the prime responsibility for, and coordinates with, concerned units to inspect, survey and evaluate waste sources and gauge the progress of approved projects. The department urged and guided serious environment polluters to promptly handle environmental pollution. In order to improve State management of natural resources and environment, the department seriously pursued inspection and examination of complaints and denunciations to ensure stable local security and order.

However, according to Mr Ho Van Phu, Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Hau Giang, the sector still faces numerous difficulties, including inconsistent and untimely promulgation of some legal documents, insufficient personnel and operational budget, and unsynchronised information technology infrastructure. He said that, to address these issues, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment will further advise the Provincial People’s Committee to review and propose policies and regulations to the central government for better enforcement, provide budget and call for external funds for resource management and environmental protection. The department will also consolidate the organisation and apparatus in the spirit of the Resolutions 18 and 19 of the central government and propose that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment support investment budgets and build the information system for better management of natural resources and environment.

Duc Binh








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