Reduce open burning to protect the environment
On 23 November 2017, in Hanoi, the Workshop “Solutions for biomass utilization to reduce open burning activities”, with the participation of nearly 70 participants in agriculture and environment sectors, has contributed to raising awareness about environmental protection.
The burning of waste, straw and agricultural residues is now one of the major problems that Hanoi and the Red River Delta provinces face. These open burning actions not only have immediate consequences, such as air pollution, smoke, or the increase of local temperature but can also affect public health in the long term due to the risk of exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that persist in the environment.
With the message “Reduce the burning of straw and agricultural residues, implement BATs and BEPs to protect the environment and health, the Workshop “Solutions for biomass utilization to reduce open burning activities” contributed to raising awareness about the risk of unintentional organic pollutants (U-POPs), greenhouse gases (GHGs) and other pollutants generated by open burning, focusing on the risk from biomass burning.
At the workshop, many ideas were proposed to reduce open burning activities as well as to guide the implementation of BATs/ BEPs in the treatment of biomass waste, especially straw and other biodegradable agricultural by-products.
It is known that the workshop is an activity within the framework of the project “Demonstration of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) in open burning practices in response to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)” is one of the practical projects to implement the Stockholm Convention. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with the participation of five countries, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia and the Philippines. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is the lead agency of the project and the Vietnam Environment Administration is the implementing agency. The project aims to effectively and sustainably reduce the emission of U-POPs from open burning activities.