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Law on environmental protection 2014 (Chapter XIV: article 139 - 141)
This Law provides statutory provisions on environmental protection activities; measures and resources used for the purpose of environmental protection; rights, powers, duties and obligations of regulatory bodies, agencies, organizations, households and individuals who are tasked with the environmental protection task.

Chapter XIV

RESPONSIBILITIES OF REGULATORY AGENCIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Article 139. State management on environmental protection

1. Constructing, promulgating by authority and organizing the implementation of legal documents on environmental protection, promulgating environmental standard, technical process system.

2. Constructing, directing the implementation of strategies, policies, programs, projects, planning and plans on environment.

3. Organizing, constructing, managing monitoring system; carrying out regular evaluation of environmental conditions, forecasting environmental happenings.

4. Constructing, appraising and approving environmental protection planning; appraising strategic environmental assessment report; appraising, approving environmental impact assessment report and inspecting, endorsing environmental protection works; organizing and endorsing environmental protection plan;

5. Directing, instructing and organizing the implementation of biological diversity preserving activities; managing waste; controlling pollution; improving and restoring the environment.

6. Awarding, extending, revoking environmental licenses, certificates.

7. Investigating, inspecting the execution of the law on environmental protection; Investigating state management responsibilities on environmental protection;

8. Training human force in charge of scientific and environmental management, educating and propagandizing knowledge and law on environmental protection.

9. Organizing study and application of scientific and technological advances in environmental protection.

10. Directing, instructing, inspecting and evaluating the implementation of state budget on environmental protection.

11. Furthering international cooperation in environmental protection.

Article 140. State management responsibilities of the Government for environmental protection

The government is unanimous in state management on environmental protection throughout the country.

Article 141. State management responsibilities of the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment to environmental protection

The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment is responsible to the Government for unifying state management on environmental protection and takes the following responsibilities:

1. Constructing and submitting to the Government, the Prime Minister legal documents, policies, strategies, planning, plans, programs, and national projects on environmental protection.

2. Constructing and promulgating legal documents by authority, national technical regulations on environment; promulgating technical instruction documents.

3. Self-handling or sending proposal to the Government, the Prime Minister for handling of inter-branch, inter-provincial environmental issues.

4. Directing, instructing and constructing national environmental monitoring system, environmental information and reporting system; directing, organizing national and local environmental actual state assessment.

5. Directing, instructing and organizing the implementation of construction activities by authority, appraising, approving environmental protection planning; appraising strategic environmental assessment report; appraising, approving environmental impact assessment report; endorsing environmental protection plan; inspecting, endorsing completion of environmental protection works.

6. Directing, instructing and organizing the implementation of awarding, extending and revoking environmental licenses, certificates by authority.

7. Directing, instructing and organizing the implementation of biological diversity preserving activities, biological safety; carrying out waste management; controlling pollution; improving and restoring the environment.

8. Constructing and organizing the implementation of policies, programs, sustainable and environmental friendly production and consumption models, instructing and endorsing environmental friendly product, institution; directing, instructing environmental health improving activities.

9. Inspecting, investigating and handling violations of the law on environmental protection; settling claims, accusations, petitions in relation to environmental protection according to the law.

10. Directing and instructing the insertion of environmental protection contents into national land use planning and plan, national strategy on water natural resources and general planning of inter-provincial river valley; national overall strategy on basic investigation, survey, exploitation and processing of mineral resources.

11. Constructing and organizing the implementation of assessment criteria system, following up the compliance with the law on environmental protection across the country; communicating, popularizing and educating environmental protection law.

12. Submitting to the Government the participation into international organizations, signing or applying for membership of the international treaty on environmental protection; chairing activities of international cooperation on environmental protection.

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