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International Cooperation

EPA Collaboration with Vietnam

Map of Vietnam from CIA World Fact Book

A strong partnership with one of Asia’s fastest emerging economies.

Vietnam, a coastal nation of approximately ninety-four million people, is an important environmental partner for EPA in Asia. EPA is cooperating with Vietnam to strengthen environmental laws, support environmental planning, improve air quality, and reduce exposure to toxics like mercury and dioxin.

Seeking information in Vietnamese? Check out EPA's environmental and health information in Vietnamese.

Explore our work in Vietnam:


Building Strong Institutions and Legal Structures

EPA officials share information on adjudicating environmental cases with Vietnamese government representatives.

Creating Strong Environmental Laws: EPA and Vietnam recognize the importance of clear, enforceable environmental laws that allow for meaningful stakeholder participation. Since 2014, EPA has participated in workshops organized by the Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) Exit to help inform development of new environmental laws. 

  • Recently: Between April and May 2018, EPA officials worked with MONRE on strengthening environmental laws related to environmental impact assessment (EIA) and water permitting, including strengthening public participation in EIA processes in Vietnam.  
  • Recently: In March 2018, EPA and MONRE partnered to hold a “Public Disclosures of Pollutant Discharges and Transfers” workshop for 20 MONRE officials and their partners. During the workshop, EPA shared information on the development and implementation of the U.S. Toxic Release Inventory program and discussed our experience with sharing environmental information with the public.  

Effective Environmental Planning:  EPA and Vietnam recognize that assessing the environmental impact of development is critical for strong environmental protection. EIA is a tool to integrate economic and environmental concerns when planning for development of infrastructure.  EPA and Vietnam, in partnership with USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), are working together to improve EIAs. 

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Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

group photo of remediation team in fieldEPA partners with Vietnam on a bioremediation pilot project on a contaminated site.

Monitoring Mercury: Mercury is a potent neurotoxicant that negatively impacts human health and the environment. To better understand the atmospheric movement of mercury, the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) participates in the Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network (APMMN) hosted by EPA, EPA Taiwan and the National Atmospheric Deposition Program. Through APMMN, VEA is monitoring mercury in rainwater and sharing data with other countries in the network to contribute to a regional understanding of where mercury travels and deposits. 

Cleaning Up Dioxin: Since 2006, EPA has provided technical assistance for treatment of dioxin-contaminated sites in Vietnam. As part of this technical assistance, EPA contributed to the successful cleanup of Danang Airport.

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Improving Air Quality for a Healthier Tomorrow

Air quality presentation in VietnamEPA official shares air quality and health information with the public at a discussion in Ho Chi Minh City.

Fine particulate matter (also referred to as "PM 2.5") is visible to the human eye as haze and can impact respiratory health. In partnership with EPA, US Embassy Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City operate air quality monitors which measure PM 2.5. As a result, American citizens and other residents of these cities are able to stay informed about real-time air quality conditions.

EPA has also shared U.S. air quality management tools and techniques with Vietnam.

  • Recently: In May 2018, EPA partnered with the Asian Development Bank and Asia Institute for Technology to deliver a workshop on EPA’s Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program – Community Edition (BenMAP-CE) in Hanoi, Vietnam, for Asian government officials. how to use BenMAP-CE and received scientific and technical support in conducting their own analyses of health benefits in their communities.

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    Cleaning Up E-Waste, a Global Responsibility

    EPA and Vietnam recognize that managing electronic waste is a global challenge. The Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) is a member of the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN) hosted by EPA and EPA Taiwan (EPAT). Through their participation in the network, Vietnam has shared its experiences related to e-waste management, learned from officials across the region, and hosted a workshop on e-waste management. Through these discussions, Vietnam has gained knowledge about successful models and approaches for managing electronic waste, as well as strategies to engage critical stakeholders. 

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    Contacts

    For additional information about EPA's work with Vietnam, contact:
    Rakhi Kasat
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2670R)
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20460
    E-mail: kasat.rakhi@epa.gov
    (202) 564-0458