Register of contaminated sites in Vietnam

Scientific Fundamentals for the Management of Contaminated Sites in Vietnam

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Duration: 03/2005 - 02/2009
Project Area: Nam Dinh Province
Project Website: www.???
Coordination: Germany:
Dr. Michael Zschiesche
UfU Independent Institute for Environmental Concerns
Greifswalder Str. 4, 10405 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 42 84 99 332
Dr. Hoang Duong Tung
Vietnam Environmental Agency (VEA)
Ton That Thuyet Street No. 10, Hanoi
Phone: +84 (0)4 39 42 45 81

Project Description

The Vietnamese government has passed the Decision No. 64/2003/QD-TTg regarding the treatment of industrial contaminated sites in 2003. Therein, a total of 4,295 contaminated sites had been listed, all of which should have been rehabilitated by 2007. In the meantime, Decision 64 had been prolonged to 2020 since not all of the areas could be decontaminated in time, whereas several new contaminated sites have emerged.

The project's aim was to establish a nationwide register of contaminated sites in Vietnam. Exemplarily, the recording of such sites should be tested at several locations in the Nam Dinh Province.

The project focused on three aspects:

  • Construction of a database structure for a nationwide register of contaminated sites in Vietnam and development of suggestions for the implementation to the administration practice.
  • Collection and storage of data (substance spectrum, expectable size, useful life) as well as corresponding topographical details (cards and/or aerial pictures) gathered via GIS-systems for 439 contaminated sites in need of rehabilitation due to Decision 64.
  • Evaluation and modelling of site-specific data for a plant-protection storage and a textile factory in the city of Nam Dinh as well as providing corresponding trainings for environmental offices nationwide in Vietnam.

Important Results

The project let to five important results:

  • Preparation of five manuals (in English and Vietnamese) on how to record and rehabilitate contaminated sites in Vietnam.
  • Establishment of a database for contaminated industrial sites in Vietnam, combined with a corresponding GIS-system for recording.
  • Model-like investigation of 40 sites in the province Nam Dinh as well as of 160 locations in the province Bac Ninh (in cooperation with the authorities there).
  • Support of the Vietnamese Environment Agency (VEA) in the development of an administrative regulation concerning the recording of contaminated sites in Vietnam. This regulation was promulgated in the spring of 2008.
  • Realisation of 15 modular training seminars as well ten workshops and two scientific colloquia concerning the problem of contaminated sites and technology transfer.

German partners:

  • Independent Institute for Environmental Concerns(UfU), Berlin,
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Dessau,
  • MSP - Dr. Mark, Dr. Schewe & Partner GmbH, Bochum,
  • Environmental Protection Agency State Nordrhein-Westfalen, Recklinghausen,

Vietnamese partners:

  • VEA – Vietnam Environment (Protection) Agency, Hanoi,
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE LD), Nam Dinh

Photo: Contaminated area in Nam Dinh, Source: UfU

Photo: Visit of a landfill, Source: enviet-consult

Photo: Heating plant Nam Dinh, Source: Harald Mark

Photo: Landfill Nam Son near Hanoi, Source: Michael Zschiesche

Photo: Closed municipal landfill in Nam Dinh, Source: Michael Zschiesche

Photo: Textile factory in Nam Dinh, Source: Harald Mark

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