Seminar eyes sea and islands management

Wednesday, 2012-03-28 17:03:00
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Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang speaks at the seminar
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Nhan Dan Online – An international seminar on ‘Information System for Sea and Islands Management’ was held in Hanoi on March 27 by the Vietnam Administration of Sea and Islands (VASI), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the French Centre for Satellites Collecting and Location.

 

With around one million square kilometres of water surface, more than 3,200 kilometres of coastline and over 3,000 islands, Vietnam has a huge pool of nautical resources which can be explored and utilised for the country’s socio-economic development.

However, currently, marine data is mostly collected from hydro-metrological observation posts and the database on Vietnam sea and islands has not been used widely across all ministries, sectors and localities.

To address this problem, the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has partnered with the French Centre on a project to install an observation system of fishing boats, catching areas and fisheries resources using satellite technology. The project aims to provide fishermen with updated weather forecasts as well as assistance should they experience any difficulties during the course of their work. This project comes in the wake of similar programmes including the establishment of observation posts as well as the installation of sea radar and satellite stations.

Addressing the event, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang asked relevant ministries, sectors and French partners to closely work with VASI to complete the project, which will enable Vietnam to build a system to manage nautical resources and environment for the sustainable development of sea and islands economies, while simultaneously ensuring the country’s maritime safety and security.

 

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