In the past two months, citizens of Hanoi were struck by unsafe levels of pollution in the city’s water and air – two of life’s essential ingredients. There were days when Hanoi’s air pollution was among the worst in the world, with environmental authorities reporting that levels of PM 2.5 – tiny air particles – had reached a five-year high. As soon as Hanoi’s skies were clear of hazardous haze, the city was hit by another incident: tap water from the Da River was found to be contaminated, causing a major water shutdown affecting about 1 million people. Ousmane Dione, Country Director for the World Bank in Vietnam. Air, land and water pollution can severely affect people’s health. A deteriorating environment significantly jeopardises a city’s livability and its competitiveness. Failure to keep pollution under control also undermines people’s confidence in institutions and systems. What can the Government do to tackle pollution and pursue greener growth? We suggest adopting a P-R-I-M-E action plan (Planning, Resources, Information, Management and Enforcement). • Planning is paramount and needs to be done right because it sets the strategic direction of future growth and development for years to come. Urban planning should identify the gap between… Read full this story
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