HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese and Korean experts yesterday
discussed in Ha Noi co-operative measures to tackle soil contaminated
with Agent Orange/dioxin sprayed by the American army during the war in
The conference was part of the co-operation between the
Viet Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE)
and the Biological Company (BJC) of the Republic of Korea (RoK) under a
memorandum of understanding, signed last year, on a project to handle
the repercussions of dioxins.
Speaking at the conference, Deputy Director of the Viet Nam
Environment Administration Dr Mai Thanh Dung said Viet Nam was striving
to handle the effects of dioxins in badly affected areas such as A Luoi
District in the central Thua Thien-Hue Province.
At the event, scientists presented the results of their
latest research on the issue, while exchanging viewpoints on
microbiological measures to treat the toxic chemical and solutions for
soil improvement for agriculture.
In the past two years, Viet Nam and the RoK have conducted
research to tackle dioxin effects, integrated with improvement of the
environment and the local livelihoods.
After the conference, the RoK scientists and the VACNE
delegation collected soil samples from A Luoi District to test the
microbiological treatment method.
From 1961 to 1971, American troops sprayed more than 80
million litres of herbicides — 44 million litres of which were AO,
containing nearly 370kg of dioxin — over southern Viet Nam.
As a result, about 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to
the toxic chemical. Many of the victims have died, while millions of
their descendants are living with deformities and diseases as a direct
result of the Agent Orange/dioxin effects.