No construction work has followed the decision, and the issue went largely unnoticed until August, when Trinh Le Nguyen, executive director of the environmental NGO People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), began writing about it on Facebook. In a post dated Aug. 11, Nguyen noted that Tien Hai is part of the broader Red River Delta Biosphere Reserve. Established in 2004, the biosphere reserve spans 137,261 hectares (339,179 acres), including a core area, buffer zone and transition zone across terrestrial and marine areas. “The core area, the heart of the biosphere reserve, includes Tien Hai Nature Reserve and Xuan Thuy National Park,” Nguyen wrote.
Hai Phong, September 25th, 2020 – PanNature, in cooperation with the National Assembly’s Committee for Ethnic Affairs, held a workshop “Promoting the Role of Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Communities in Environmental Protection – Orientation, Mechanisms, and Policies in the Environmental Protection Law”.
The workshop attracted the participation of various representatives from the Committee for Ethnic Affairs, Department for Ethnic Affairs under the National Assembly Office, representatives of several provincial delegations for the National Assembly, some environmental organizations, experts and scientists, and media agencies.
Presentations, speeches, and discussion in the workshop focused on the process of implementation of existing Environmental Protection Law, clarifying the advantages and disadvantages in practice, especially for ethnic minority communities and mountainous areas. In addition, the breakthroughs in the new Environmental Protection Law (being revised) and the consistency and synchronization in management of Environmental Protection Law and existing legislation system were also discussed to offer the recommendations for the revised law.
The outputs from the workshop will be considered and developed to contribute to a joint report on the verification of the Environmental Protection Law by the Committee for Ethnic Affairs.
For more information about the workshop, please access it here.