THE GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No. 25/2009/ND-CP

Hanoi, March 6, 2009

DECREE

ON INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OF THE SEA AND ISLANDS

THE GOVERNMENT

Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;

Pursuant to the Vietnam Maritime Code of June 14, 2005;

Pursuant to the May 20, 1998 Law on Water Resources;

Pursuant to the November 26, 2003 Land Law;

Pursuant to the November 26, 2003 Fisheries Law;

Pursuant to the June 17, 2003 Law on National Boundaries;

Pursuant to the December 3, 2004 Law on Forest Protection and Development;

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Pursuant to the March 20, 1996 Law on Minerals and the June 14, 2005 Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Law on Minerals;

Pursuant to the November 29, 2005 Law on Environmental Protection;

Pursuant to the November 29, 2006 Law on Dykes;

Pursuant to the 1993 Petroleum Law; the June 28, 2000 Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Petroleum Law; and the June 3, 2008 Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Petroleum Law;

At the proposal of the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment,

DECREES:

Chapter I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1. Scope of regulation

This Decree prescribes the integrated management of natural resources and environmental protection in coastal areas, sea areas and islands of Vietnam; responsibilities of agencies, organizations and individuals involved in the management, exploitation and use of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands.

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Article 2. Subjects of application

This Decree applies to domestic agencies, organizations and individuals and foreign organizations and individuals (below collectively referred to as organizations and individuals) involved in the management, exploitation and use of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands.

When treaties to which the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a contracting party provide differently, those treaties prevail.

Article 3. Interpretation of terms

In this Decree, the terms below are construed as follows:

1. Natural resources of the sea and islands means forms of biological resources, non-biological resources, geographical position-based resources and other forms of renewable and non-renewable resources in coastal areas, sea areas and islands of Vietnam.

2. Environment of the sea means distinctive physical, chemical and biological elements of seawater, coastal soil, marine sediments, air above the sea and marine ecosystems that exist objectively and affect humans and organisms.

3. Vietnam’s sea areas include internal waters and territorial sea the contiguous zone, the exclusive economic zone, and the continental shelf of Vietnam.

4. Coastal area means a transition area between the continent and sea, including inshore sea areas and coastal land areas determined by administrative management boundaries.

5. Integrated management of natural resources and environment of the sea and islands means interdisciplinary and inter-regional management, ensuring harmony between national interests and interests of branches, domains, localities, organizations and individuals involved in the management, exploitation and use of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands.

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6. Basic survey on natural resources and environment of the sea and islands means activities of collecting, processing and managing data on natural conditions, resources and environment of the sea and islands.

Article 4. Principles for integrated management of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands

1. Ensuring unified, interdisciplinary and inter-regional management and simultaneously harmonizing common interests of involved parties in the exploitation and use of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands; closely combining the development of sea areas and islands with that of inland areas toward industrialization and modernization.

2. Closely combining socio-economic development with environmental protection, ensuring safety at sea and simultaneously contributing to protecting national security, sovereignty and integrity.

3. Increasing and diversifying forms of investment, attracting all domestic and international resources for socio-economic development and environmental protection of the sea and islands.

4. Proactively preventing, stopping and mitigating pollution and remedying degradation of the environment of the sea and islands; protecting and developing ecosystems of the sea and islands for sustainable development.

5. Observing marine treaties to which Vietnam is a contracting party.

Article 5. Contents of integrated management of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands

1. To elaborate and promulgate legal documents on integrated management of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands.

2. To elaborate master plans on use of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands.

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3. To uniformly manage basic surveys on and exploitation and use of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands.

4. To carry out international cooperation on integrated management of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands.

5. To prevent, stop and control pollution of the environment of the sea and islands; to respond to and remedy environmental incidents and protect the coastal environment.

Chapter II

INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OF THE SEA AND ISLANDS

Article 6. Principles for planning on use of natural resources and environmental protection of the sea and islands

 

 

1. Ensuring the unity, systemization of and conformity with characteristics, geographical positions and natural rules of sea areas, coastal areas and islands.

2. Ensuring national interests, harmoniously combining interests of branches, domains and localities in the exploitation and use of marine and island natural resources in line with the national socio-economic development strategy.

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3. Mitigating adverse impacts and simultaneously protecting and improving environment quality, ensuring sustainable use of marine natural resources and promoting economic development of the sea and islands.

 

 

 

 

 

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