Islands should turn to green economy: expert

 Fishermen of An Hai Commune in Ly Son Island District in the central province of Quang Ngai prepare for a fishing trip Dr Le Xuan Sinh from Hai Phong-basedInstitute of Marine Environment and Resources saidthat green economies helped improve living standards and social equality aswell as reducing environmental risks and ecological deficiencies. Sinh said that people living onislands often faced disadvantages in economic conditions, healthcare, educationand other public services. He said economic activities wereusually spontaneous and did not follow any sustainable models. This resulted inpoor quality of living standards or islanders were vulnerable to risks ofnatural disasters and diseases. “The disadvantages are why there ismigration to the mainland. Islands oftencannot attract people to live there,” Sinh said. “Once green economic models areimplemented, islanders could better their livelihood and their resilience toclimate-change impacts,” Sinh said. “Or at least, they could manageby themselves for a time if the islands are isolated because of naturaldisasters,” Sinh said. He said that it was necessary todevelop green economy models accompanied by green production and services.Environmental conservation and protection would also ensure bio-diversity inorder to have sustainable development. In addition, aquaculture productionmust use advanced environmentally friendly technologies while eco-tourismshould be made a key industry. For example, Viet Hai island communeon the east of Cat Hai island district, is the third largest island in Vietnam.There are 88 families or 270 people living on the island, but there is nomarket. Agricultural production is small and spontaneous, unable to provideenough food for islanders. Most of the food is from…

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