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The FAO-led Livestock Waste Management in East Asia Project supported by Global Environment Facility/United Nations Environment Programme was aimed to reduce the major negative environmental and health impacts of rapidly increasing concentrated livestock production on water bodies and thus on the people in three countries of the East Asia region: China, Thailand and Viet Nam. In these countries, 500,000 pig places were introduced to better manage livestock waste, improving livelihoods and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

In Thailand, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment with the assistance of the project preparation team passed a regulation for waste management for pig farms and developed a Code of Good Agricultural practice for the certification of standard farms which includes conditions for management related to health, food, water, animal welfare and waste management. In addition, regulations that ban the discharge of waste-water into surface water has put into place.

In Viet Nam, a national strategy and a law on environmental protection were enacted while in China, a general national regulation on waste water management was passed which also addresses industrialized livestock production.