On 22 September 2022, Decree No. 68/2022/ND-CP (“Decree 68”) on the functions, duties, authority, organizational structure of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (“MONRE”) was issued by the Government to substitute for Decree No. 36/2017/ND-CP dated 4 April 2017.
The Decree will take effect from 1 November 2022 and provide that MONRE performs the function of state management in the following areas: land; water resources; mineral and geological resources; environment; hydrometeorology; climate change; surveying and cartography; general management of natural resources and environmental protection of sea and islands; exploration; State management of public services in the fields under the management of the Ministry.
Regarding general management of natural resources and environmental protection of sea and islands, in comparison to Decree No. 36/2017/ND-CP, MONRE is assigned a number of additional tasks specified in Clause 13, Article 2 of Decree 68 noteworthy as follows:
Additionally, with the draft decree amending and supplementing a number of articles of Decree No. 40/2016/ND-CP dated 15 May 2016 detailing the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Marine resources, environment and islands and Decree No. 11/2021/ND-CP dated 10 February 2021 of the Government stipulating the assignment of certain sea areas to organizations and individuals exploiting and using marine resources (“Draft Decree“), MONRE has proposed more detailed regulations on the authority to approve and the subjects of measurement, observation, investigation, survey and assessment of marine resources, yet the Draft Decree is still in the process of public review.