The department said this is a milestone in helping city residents access information about environmental quality and resources faster than before. This center is also a part of the city’s environmental pollution reduction program in the coming times.
monitoring results will be faster
The new headquarters is a project consisting of a workplace and four automated monitoring stations installed outside, which transmit data to this center. The main functions of the Center are the tasks and functions of monitoring, supervision, evaluation and investigation of natural resources and the environment.
In addition, it is publishing information to the public about the environmental quality of the city, giving warnings and forecasting the environmental quality.
The second function is to collect and make available environmental data. It includes data on waste water from major waste sources of the city. At present, data collected from export processing zones and industrial parks is being transmitted to the centre. From there, the department can manage waste discharges, pollution and issue warnings.
This data is also transmitted directly to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Mr. Nguyen Toan Thang, Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Ho Chi Minh City, said: “When this center comes into operation, the monitoring results will be faster, because before there was no space to arrange the laboratory.
Now there is a laboratory at the headquarters, so if there is any problem related to it, the results will be worked out immediately. When the specialized agencies of the Center are focused on the site and interconnected, the work will be done faster.”
related to socio-economic development
The Natural Resources and Environment Monitoring Center is the first step in investing in monitoring in Ho Chi Minh City.
According to Mr. Thang, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment is currently being given a public investment package by Ho Chi Minh City to improve monitoring capacity. By 2030, the goal is that monitoring work will be linked to the socio-economic development of the city.
According to the roadmap of the department’s Construction Investment Project Management Board, construction of automated monitoring stations will begin across the city around 2025. Notably, there are 57 monitoring points and locations as per the plan.
“The city does not have automated monitoring yet, so it still does it manually. The disadvantage of doing it manually is that the results will be slow. Therefore, once the investment is complete, the city’s monitoring will be faster and “Will be more accurate.” , Mr. Thang said.