Strengthening Environmental Inspection in Vietnam

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Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The counterpart inspectors from four countries met and shared their best practices and experiences on environmental inspection.


Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) needed more trained inspectors to address increasing industrial pollution. With only a few trained inspectors, MONRE needed additional expertise and improved policies to help reduce serious environmental pollution across the country. One of MONRE’s principal tasks is to provide guidance on inspection laws and specialized monitoring to provincial level inspectorates. MONRE then worked with AECEN to address this capacity priority.


MONRE held the first AECEN training for 35 key inspectors in December 2006 in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It dealt with principles of environmental compliance and inspections, which could lead to enforcement actions. In July 2007, AECEN and the trained inspectors conducted three separate trainings for 136 inspectors from MONRE and provincial inspectorates throughout Vietnam, focusing on sectors like textiles, food processing, cement manufacturing and mining. AECEN arranged for counterpart inspectors from Japan, Philippines and Singapore to play key roles in these trainings and to share best practices and experiences on environmental inspections.


MONRE has formalized its environmental inspector qualification training program, including producing a national inspection manual. In addition to training over 170 personnel in Vietnam’s 59 provinces on environmental inspection and law enforcement, MONRE has developed standard operating procedures across a range of sectors to ensure consistent application of international best practices and reduce environmental pollution nationwide.

Partnership Documents