Northern mountainous region suffers water shortage

Provinces in the northern mountain regions including Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Yen Bai and Hoa Binh are experiencing severe water shortages. This man has to travel tens of kilometers to take water from a public water tank for his family (Photo: SGGP) Muong Khuong District in Lao Cai Province is experiencing the worst drought. Local residents living in the limestone geography must carry water 10 kilometers in Din Chin and Ta Gia Khau Commune. It takes the whole day to get 20 liters at public water tanks or rivulets in the mountain. The two communes have only 3-4 rivulets which run very slowly, said Sung A Tra. Over 1,000 residents experience water shortage and losing 500 hectares of corn grounds. Residents enter the forest in search for water sources from March to May every year in Bat Xat, Muong Khuong, Si Ma Cai and Bac Ha District, said the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Lao Cai Province. Besides cold snaps, local … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 21/3

Ha Noi blogger to spend 15 months in jail for slander Ha Noi blogger Pham Viet Dao has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing his rights to freedom and democracy. The court ruled that his actions had infringed upon State interests, rights and legitimate interests of organisations or citizens under Article 258 of the Penal Code. The jail term will starts from the date he was detained on June 13, 2013, the court ruled. The indictment read that Dao, 62, residing in Buoi ward, Tay Ho district, authored three blogs -Phamvietdao3.blogspot.com, Phamvietdao4.blogspot.com and Chientranhtrungviet.blogspot.com - on which he posted 91 articles slandering the Party and State. At the yesterday's trial in the capital city, Dao admitted his guilt, saying his actions were a result of a lack of awareness of the law. He promised not to repeat his actions. Dao has 15 days to appeal the verdict. 200kg of black coral seized in Quang … [Read more...]

Chilly weather upturns life in northern region

The bitter cold wave has extended for 12 more days in the northern region, resulting in students not attending schools, thousands of residents being rushed to hospitals, and hundreds of cattle dying from the frost and chill. Several people have been hospitalized due to the cold in the northern and northern region (Photo: SGGP) Several hospitals in provinces like Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Cao Bang and Lang Son and Hanoi City are crowded with patients, who have to now camp along corridors and stairways because there is no other space left. Nguyen Quoc Anh, director of Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, said that the number of people coming for health checks and treatment has surged to 3,500 a day. The hospitals are working overtime to cope with the huge numbers of patients. Several schools sent nursery and primary students back to their homes after temperatures plunged below 10 degrees celsius, causing at least one of their parents to take leave to look after the children. Along streets in … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 21/3

Ha Noi blogger to spend 15 months in jail for slander Ha Noi blogger Pham Viet Dao has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing his rights to freedom and democracy. The court ruled that his actions had infringed upon State interests, rights and legitimate interests of organisations or citizens under Article 258 of the Penal Code. The jail term will starts from the date he was detained on June 13, 2013, the court ruled. The indictment read that Dao, 62, residing in Buoi ward, Tay Ho district, authored three blogs -Phamvietdao3.blogspot.com, Phamvietdao4.blogspot.com and Chientranhtrungviet.blogspot.com - on which he posted 91 articles slandering the Party and State. At the yesterday's trial in the capital city, Dao admitted his guilt, saying his actions were a result of a lack of awareness of the law. He promised not to repeat his actions. Dao has 15 days to appeal the verdict. 200kg of black coral seized in Quang … [Read more...]

Marine protection for sustainable seafood development

Processing shrimp for exports at Sao Ta factory in Soc Trang province (Photo: VNA) A conference highlighting the significance of marine protection in sustainable seafood development was held in the central province of Ninh Thuan on July 2. The event aimed to review the five-year implementation of the Prime Minister’s Decision 742/QD-TTg approving plans for Vietnam’s marine conservation sites through 2020 and beyond. Over the past five years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has coordinated with relevant ministries, departments and provincial People’s Committees to make detailed plans for eight of 16 marine conservation sites, of which Con Co, Cu Lao Cham, Nha Trang Bay, Hon Cau and Phu Quoc have gone into operation and shown initial success. Meanwhile, three other sites – Cat Ba, Nui Chua, and Con Dao – are under effective management. The Bach Long Vi site, in particular, was established in 2013. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and … [Read more...]

Industrial Development Strategy through 2025, vision to 2035

VGP - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on June 9, 2014 signed Decision No. 879/QD-TTg to approve the Industrial Development Strategy through 2025, vision toward 2035. The following is the translation of the strategy 1. Viewpoints a) To develop the industrial sector on the basis of effective mobilization of resources from all economic sectors; to encourage the development of the private sector and foreign invested sector. b) To develop priority industries and industrial fields, primarily focusing on agricultural and rural industrialization and modernization, on the basis of high-quality human resources and advanced technologies, regarding competition as a driving force for development. c) To utilize existing advantages and international opportunities; to associate production with services and trade, and to actively participate deeply into the world industrial production value chain. d) To focus on developing a number of dual-purpose industries to serve national defense and … [Read more...]

Social News 30/6

Ha Noi tightens parking lot regulations Buildings with basements in Hoan Kiem District are being told to allow people working or living there to park their vehicles in the basements. The city would not allow buildings to use the basements for other purposes while people were being forced to park their vehicles on pavements around the buildings, vice chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen Quoc Hung said at a recent meeting with the district authority. Hung also ordered the district authority to re-arrange parking lots on pavements to ensure space for pedestrians. The city transport department and the traffic police were asked to demarcate several parking lots on the pavements of Ba Trieu, Phan Boi Chau and 19/12, because these pavements were more than 3.5m in width, he said. The traffic police have been ordered to inspect and get rid of illegal parking lots, and to strictly deal with parking lots that were overcharging vehicle owners, he said. The city has about 320,000 … [Read more...]

Import vessel scrap has its uses, but pollution is an issue

Without advanced technology to avoid pollution, banning import of cargo vessels for scrap might not be a practical move, Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Van Cong tells Viet Nam Plus Will you please tell us about new re-visions to the Maritime Law on selling old cargo vessels for scrap? The issue of selling old cargo vessels for scrap is already covered in the Law on Environment. Under that law, the Ministry of Transport (MoT) oversees the implementation of the regulations. In the meantime, the Government has already ratified the decree on scrapping old cargo vessels. At present, the MoT has worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to compile instructions on procedures to grant permits allowing various entities to import old cargo ships for scrap. In those instructions, the MoT will come up with strict measures to ensure a sound environment and conditions for any organisations or individuals interested in the business. During a recent National Assembly … [Read more...]

Sediment management important for Mekong Delta’s natural resources

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in conjunction with the World Wide Fund for Nature in Vietnam held a workshop on June 26 in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to raise public awareness of the importance of sediment for the delta’s natural resources. According to scientists, the delta receives about 79 million tonnes of sediment every year. However, the construction of hydropower plans and flood-proof facilities together with intensive exploitation of sand and pebbles, deforestation and waste dumping in water resources have hugely impacted sediment sources, experts said. The declination in sediment quantity and quality has resulted in losses of 500 hectares of land and an additional 30-40 metres of coast every year. As many as 265 erosion sites are visible along 450km of riverbanks. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen cited the rapid development of hydropower resources and socio-economic infrastructure in Mekong sub-region … [Read more...]

Localities, ministries urged to remedy typhoon Kujira’s damage

VGP - Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, also Head of the North East Steering Committee, has sent a notification to relevant agencies and localities to remedy typhoon Kujira’s damage as soon as possible. Affected by the typhoon’s circulation, heavy shower claimed lives and caused severe floods in many residential areas. In northern mountainous Son La province, seven were killed, four remained missing and three injured while many homes were destroyed. Deputy PM Phuc extended condolences to families losing their relatives and injured people. He asked the Son La provincial People’s Committee to continue search for missing people, treat the injured and conduct burial ceremonies for the dead while aiding households losing homes with food, water and fundamental commodities. Guards were required to ensure safe traffic at wharfs, flooded underground transport facilities and in swiftly moving water areas while the youth, army and public security forces were urged to help people … [Read more...]

Vietnam looks to lessen toxic chemical use

Close co-ordination between agencies is needed to safely manage PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) in Viet Nam, according to officials yesterday at a meeting in Ha Noi. Close co-ordination between agencies is needed to safely manage PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) in Viet Nam, according to officials yesterday at a meeting in Ha Noi. PCBs are among the 22 Persistant Organic Pollutants (POP) banned globally under the Stockholm Convention on Persistant Organic Pollutants. They're used across industrial sectors to control heat in electrical, hydraulic and other types of equipment, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. But they can cause cancer and seriously harm humans in a variety of other ways. The meeting, co-organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Electricity of Viet Nam corporation (EVN), reviewed the 5-year implementation of a US$7-million project on PCB management. The Government has invested both … [Read more...]

Viet Nam looks to lessen toxic chemical use

HA NOI (VNS) — Close co-ordination between agencies is needed to safely manage PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) in Viet Nam, according to officials yesterday at a meeting in Ha Noi. PCBs are among the 22 Persistant Organic Pollutants (POP) banned globally under the Stockholm Convention on Persistant Organic Pollutants. They're used across industrial sectors to control heat in electrical, hydraulic and other types of equipment, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. But they can cause cancer and seriously harm humans in a variety of other ways. The meeting, co-organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Electricity of Viet Nam corporation (EVN), reviewed the 5-year implementation of a US$7-million project on PCB management. The Government has invested both financial and human resources in managing and destroying PCBs since Viet Nam became the 14th member of the convention in 2002, said Deputy Minister of … [Read more...]

Vietnam unveils National Environment Report 2014

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) published the National Environment Report 2014 on June 24 with a focus on the rural environment in the past five years. Environmental pollution has become a serious problem in many rural areas. The report includes six chapters: 1-reform and development in rural areas and the environment; 2-pollution pressure on the rural environment; 3-the current state of the rural environment; 4-impacts of environmental pollution on rural areas; 5-management of the rural environment; and 6-pressing issues in the rural environment and future direction for protecting rural environments. Bui Cach Tuyen, Deputy Minister of MoNRE and Head of the Vietnam Environment Administration, said that economic growth in the past five years has had adverse impacts on the environment, not only in cities but also in rural areas which are home to 70 percent of the population. According to Tuyen, environmental pollution has become a serious problem in … [Read more...]

10 ministries oversee environmental management, but public health still at risk

VietNamNet Bridge - There are 10 ministries in charge of environment management, but the environment remains seriously polluted, damaging people’s health. Along with economic, industrial, agricultural development and population growth, Vietnamese are facing health problems caused by environmental damage. The lack of clean water for daily use is the biggest problem for people in both urban and rural areas. According to Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga from the Ministry of Health (MOH), only 85 percent of households in rural areas can approach clean water. Of that amount, only 40 percent have water satisfying MOH standards. Only 65 percent of households in rural areas have sanitary latrines which meet MOH standards. Vietnam is facing serious water and land pollution due to uncontrolled industrial and agricultural production. The air pollution due to rapid industry and transport development is getting more serious. Seventy-four cement plants with the capacity of 80 million tons per annum … [Read more...]

Livestock, aquaculture waste threaten rural environment

A pig farm in central Thanh Hoa Province's Dinh Long Commune meets hygiene and environmental requirements. Livestock and aquacultural waste is a threat to rural areas. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue HA NOI (VNS) — The indiscriminate use of fertilisers, untreated livestock waste and wastewater pose a threat to rural areas, according to the 2014 National Environment Report. Farmers use six times more phosphate and potash than recommended in rice farming, the report released yesterday by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said. Trees absorb 40 to 50 per cent of fertiliser used around them, while the rest remains in the ground. The report also said livestock farming offers high incomes, but discharges more harmful waste. About 1,700 out of the country's 23,500 livestock farms build waste treatment systems – meaning the vast majority allow untreated waste to flow directly into canals, streams and rivers. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's … [Read more...]

Ly Son put the solid waste treatment plant into operation

The plant was started work on 26 November 2013 After nearly one months of trial operation, on June 22, the department of waste management and environmental improvement (under Vietnam Environment Administration - VEA) in collaboration with Ly Son district People's Committee held the ceremony to inaugurate and put into operation the solid waste treatment plant. ​ Chairman of the VEA Duong Hoang Tung and Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Pham Truong Tho attended the event. Spanning two hectares, the plant has a total investment capital of over VND 30 billion and an average capacity of 12-15 tons of solid waste per day. The Department of Waste Management and Environmental Improvement will support the island district in operating through 2015. Then, the plant will be handed over to local operators. At the ceremony, Mr. Duong Hoang Tung stressed that the plant was selected as the first pilot solid waste treatment project in the island district by the Ministry of … [Read more...]

Increasing the authority of state agencies in meteorological management

(VOVworld) – National Assembly deputies debated the draft law on meteorology and agreed on the need to issue a law to replace the 1994 ordinance on the management, exploitation, and protection of meteorological facilities. The law, drafted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, is to meet the requirements of socio-economic development and cope with natural disasters and climate change. Deputies suggested that there should be criteria for accurate forecasts and punitive measures for inaccurate ones. They agreed on the need of preferential policies for the training of meteorological workers, particularly in remote areas. Hoang Thi To Nga, a deputy for Nam Dinh province, said: "The draft law should increase the responsibility and authority of state management agencies in meteorology. Agencies under the national meteorological forecasting center should issue their forecasts, which should then be given to media agencies for further communication." Deputies also heard a … [Read more...]

2014 National Environment Report on Rural Environment released

(VOVworld) – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has released the 2014 National Environment Report to provide an overview of the rural environment of Vietnam over the past 5 years. The report featured an assessment of the management and protection of the rural environment, proposed measures to raise efficiency, prevent and minimize environmental pollution, and improve the quality of the environment to serve the targets of new rural development in Vietnam. 67 percent of the Vietnamese population lives in rural areas, who are suffering from the impact of environmental pollution, caused by their daily activities and production at industrial parks and neighborhood. The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment made proposals to the National Assembly, the government and localities to focus their environmental management and minimize the impact of pollution, raise environmental quality and assure the full implementation of targets on new rural development in … [Read more...]

National Environment Report 2014 unveiled

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) published the National Environment Report 2014 on June 24 with a focus on the rural environment in the past five years. The report includes six chapters: 1-reform and development in rural areas and the environment; 2-pollution pressure on the rural environment; 3-the current state of the rural environment; 4-impacts of environmental pollution on rural areas; 5-management of the rural environment; and 6-pressing issues in the rural environment and future direction for protecting rural environments. Bui Cach Tuyen, Deputy Minister of MoNRE and Head of the Vietnam Environment Administration, said that economic growth in the past five years has had adverse impacts on the environment, not only in cities but also in rural areas which are home to 70 percent of the population. According to Tuyen, environmental pollution has become a serious problem in many rural areas, caused by a number of reasons including weak management, lack … [Read more...]

Industrial complexes ‘push’ pollution into rural areas

MONRE Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen speaks at the ceremony on June 24 NDO - Industrial clusters have been moving towards rural areas in recent years, putting pressure on the environment and acting as the direct cause of environmental pollution in several rural areas, according to the National Environment Report 2014 released on June 24. The report entitled 'Rural Environment' was announced by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), showing that 67% of Vietnamese people living in rural areas are facing pressure from their own production and daily-life activities, along with environmental pollution caused by industrial parks and nearby urban areas. Environmental pollution, including air, surface water, groundwater, and soil pollution has been reported in several areas, particularly dust pollution and air pollution caused by emissions of NH3, SO2 and NO2 at several industrial zones and craft villages. The report pointed out the main reasons for the situation: … [Read more...]