Ministry, Lao Front cement environmental cooperation
VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Lao Front for National Construction agree on new environmental initiatives.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) have agreed to initiate environmental protection cooperation which will contribute to sustainable national development.
The new project, known as “Strengthening of LFNC Capacity on Environmental Monitoring” is being implemented with development assistance from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the environmental cooperation was signed on Friday in Vientiane between Deputy Minister of National Resources and Environment, Bounkham Vorachit, and Vice President of Lao Front for National Construction, Nhiakerya Norchochongtoua.
The ceremony was witnessed by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sommad Pholsena and President of Lao Front for National Construction, Xaysomphone Phomvihane.
At the signing ceremony, Xaysomphone noted the importance of the cooperation which will see a six-month pilot project in the three provinces of Oudomxay, Khammuan and Attapeu along with Vientiane from September this year. Results would then be summarised and evaluated in order to expand the project in other provinces across the country until 2020.
“The parties will continue to promote environmental protection through various media such as newspapers, radio, television and others in Lao and ethnic languages,” he said.
“Under the MoU, the two parties will enhance the capacity of LFNC officials in local and central levels to train and raise awareness of people in protecting and preserving sustainable national resources and the environment,” Xaysomphone explained.
They would play a role in monitoring environmental and natural resource management of investment projects and activities for compliance with environmental impact assessment, thereby reducing impacts on the environment and society, he added.
In addition, the parties will conduct training, awareness raising, and dissemination of environmental law and regulations to LFNC member committees, and collect information at village level so ethnic people can report environmental issues to the relevant government sector that can be dealt with through education and law enforcement.
The parties will together find suitable coordination mechanisms for central to local LFNC officials to link with other relevant sectors in exchanging experience and solving outstanding environmental issues such as water, air, and sound pollution.