Vietnam, Australia boost co-operation in sustainable mineral development

Monday, 2015-06-29 17:54:27
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Stone extraction in Tuan Lo commune, Son Duong district, Tuyen Quang province (Credit: VNA)
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NDO - Experts from Vietnam and Australia shared their experiences in promoting sustainable mineral development at a workshop co-organised in Hanoi on June 29 by the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the Australian Embassy in Vietnam. 

Australia is a leading country in the world regarding the mineral extraction and production, and has experience in the safe management of mining activities and environmental protection.

These advantages will open up many co-operative opportunities in the management of mining activities and bringing technological advances in the mining industry to Vietnam, said MONRE Deputy Minister Tran Hong Ha.

The two sides should also enhance co-operation in evaluating the potential of the minerals industry in addition to focusing on sustainable extraction, Ha noted.

Australia’s leading experts discussed policies and regulations in mineral mining with their Vietnamese counterparts, especially issues of environmental management during the mining process, sustainable development models in the mining industry, and issues relating to the community and localities in the mining areas.

Professor David Mulligan, who has 25 years of experience in development and research on minerals, said that the Australian government’s initiative to boost Vietnam-Australia sustainable mineral co-operation sought to support the building of a sustainable mining strategy with a more responsible orientation, aiming to raise awareness of managing the impacts on the environment, as well as the sustainability of the mining industry in Vietnam.

Australia attaches importance to providing mining information to media agencies and communities, as well as managing post-mining water and waste, deputies noted at the workshop.