UNDP joins efforts to support Viet Nam to remediate dioxin contaminated hotspots
Ha Noi, August 24, 2007 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will work with Office 33 in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Ministry of Defense and local authorities on a new project entitled “
The US$350,000 support project will strengthen the foundations for overcoming consequences of toxic chemicals used in the war by building capacities for planning, contamination assessment, and remediation of dioxin-contaminated hotspots such as those in Danang, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat. It will also help complete the Overall National Plan for dioxin hotspot remediation, including specific action plans for remediation and to ensure safe land use in and around these hotspots. It will thus help to eliminate the continued health risks of local residents and workers from pollutants that still linger in soil and sediments.
“A strong overall plan and specific action plans for remediation of the hotspots will be essential for making real progress”, said UNDP Country Director Ms Setsuko Yamazaki. “It is critical that we bring international expertise to strengthen national capacities, and to ensure that hotspot remediation will be definite.”
“We are very pleased that the UN is joining this effort”, said Vice Minister of MONRE Mr Nguyen Cong Thanh, “because we need considerable additional expertise and also financial resources in order to study, plan, and remediate all the hotspots and eliminate health risks for our citizens”.
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