The annual Viet Nam Sea and Islands Week would take place in the
southern city of Vung Tau from June 5 to 8, the Ministry of Natural Resources
and Environment announced yesterday.
This year's theme, "Viet Nam will become more prosperous and stronger from the
sea", highlighted the crucial role of sea resources to the country's economic
development and national defence, said director of the ministry's Viet Nam
Administration of Sea and Islands Nguyen Van Cu.
Among a series of events will be a parade to commemorate the World Environment
Day and the World Oceans Day, a televised ocean-themed ceremony and art
performance, the fourth sea brand forum under the theme "Economic opportunities
and eco-systems of Viet Nam's islands and archipelagos" and the third Viet Nam
marine economic forum.
The biennial award, "The homeland's blue sea", will be held this year to honour
individuals and organisations that have demonstrated great efforts in protecting
the resources and environment of the country's seas and islands.
Viet Nam is among several countries on the East Sea, a strategic position of
regional and international importance. Its sea area is three times bigger than
the land area, with more than 3,000 islands including the particularly
resource-rich Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.