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...]

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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, and - 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...]

Building national action plan on air quality management

To do these objectives, by 2020 Vietnam towards reduction of 20% of emission such as dust, SO2, NOx, etc. generated from industrial production companies, including: cement, thermal electricity, chemical, fertilizer and oil, in comparison with 2015. At the same time, the country tends to reduce 10% of dust, CO2, NOx, etc. generated from other production industries and transportation vehicles. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is documenting the draft of the national action plan on air quality management to 2020. The plan aims to control emission generation sources, improve ambient air quality and ensure pure and fresh living and working environment. According to experts, to manage air quality, the principal is to control pollution first, then combine with pollution treatment to improve gradually the ambient air quality. At the same time, this job should be regularly carried out, has focal point and should be accordance with specific production industries and … [Read more...]

Minister Nguyen Minh Quang had a governmental mission in Switzerland and Germany

From 14 to 17 September 2015, the delegation of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment led by Minister Nguyen Minh Quang had a governmental mission in Switzerland and Germany to work with the World Meteorology Organization (WMO). The delegation also had a visit to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMUB). In Geneva (Switzerland) the Minister visited the headquarters of WMO and had a meeting with Mr. Michel Jarraud – General Secretary of WMO. At the meeting, both sides reviewed the cooperation between Vietnam and WMO in the recent years; evaluated the participation of Vietnam in WMO’s activities in the Asia Pacific region; discussed on Vietnam’s preparation and WMO’s role on the threshold of the 21th Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention of the United Nations on Climate Change (COP21) held in Paris in late 2015; discussed cooperative mechanism in the future. With the … [Read more...]

Model of environmental protection

Over the past years, Regent Garment Factory Ltd. has made a lot of contributions to environmental protection in the province. Regent Garment Factory Ltd. (Nam Sach industrial park) is the only enterprise in Hai Duong praised as an advanced model of environmental protection in the 2011 – 2015 period by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, according to the leader of the Environmental Protection Sub-department. A ceremony to honor 50 collectives and 20 individuals across the country with many contributions and excellent achievements in environmental protection was held on September 29 evening by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Over the past years, Regent Garment Factory Ltd. has made a lot of contributions to environmental protection in the province through the presentation of trees to localities in response to the spring tree-planting festival, equipment and tools for waste collection, and active participation in socialization activities for … [Read more...]

Ministry maps out new solutions to environment woes

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam will face a range of environmental protection challenges over the coming years despite efforts made by the Government and environment sector over the past five year. The tough issues were discussed yesterday at the 4th National Environmental Conference's plenary session held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment every five years to evaluate environmental progress and map out new goals. Head of the Viet Nam Environment Administration Nguyen Van Tai said that challenges were made more complicated by the developing impact of climate change. He also spoke of the intractable pollution issues associated with trade villages, and the difficultly in balancing economic development and environmental needs. He warned that in order to reach the goal of a green economy it would require hard-won compromise and improved human resources in environmental fields, especially at local-level agencies. On average, every commune in the country only has two … [Read more...]

Outstanding individuals honored for environmental protection efforts

(VOVworld) – A ceremony was held in Hanoi on Tuesday to honor 50 organizations and 20 individuals for their outstanding contributions to environmental protection from 2011-2015. Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai and MoNRE Minister Nguyen Minh Quang presents insignia to outstanding individuals and units. (Photo: VNA) The event, organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, was part of activities for the 4th National Conference on the Environment, urging citizens to join in Vietnam’s sustainable development. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai praised the achievements of the organizations and individuals in protecting our environment and called for more communication campaigns to engage the community in working towards a green, clean environment. … [Read more...]

Role models for environmental protection honoured

Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai and a MoNRE official presents certificates of merit from the MoNRE to 70 advanced models that have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection during the 2011-2015 period. (Image credit: VGP) NDO - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) held a ceremony in Hanoi on September 29 to honour 70 advanced models with outstanding achievements in environmental protection activities throughout the 2011-2015 period. As reported, from 238 entries the organisers selected 50 collectives and 20 individuals who have contributed highly to the cause of environmental protection, recognised by the MoNRE. Attending the event and presenting the certificates of merit to the prominent models, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai praised efforts made by organisations and individuals over the last five years in contributing to the cause of environmental protection, and preserving the nation for all. The award winners have also actively … [Read more...]

Nearly 50 companies attend International Exhibition on Environment 2015

Officials of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment cut the ribbon to kick off the 4th National Environment Conference today in Ha Noi. — Photo HA NOI — About 50 international and domestic companies are displaying their technologies to protect the environment at the two-day International Exhibition on Environment 2015 kicked off today in Ha Noi's National Convention Centre by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The technologies include waste treatment and oil-spill treatment. The international companies come from Japan, South Korea and China. Speaking at the exhibition, deputy director of the Viet Nam Environmental Administration Mai Thanh Dzung said that the exhibition, which was part of the 4th National Environmental Conference, offered a chance to State managerial agencies, organisations and companies to exchange experiences related to environmental protection. At the exhibition, the administration also named achievements in … [Read more...]

Vietnam to Host ASEAN Environmental Ministers Meeting

2015 is a pivotal year in the ASEAN cooperation. Vietnam and other member countries as well have been actively carrying out a lot of significant activities to contribute to the development and success of ASEAN and the formation of the ASEAN Community on December 31, 2015. Particularly, in October 2015, Vietnam will host the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment (AMME 13), the ASEAN+3 Environment Ministers’ Meeting and several other related events in Hanoi. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is the Vietnamese agency chairing the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment and the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Environment. The Action Programme of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in cooperation with ASEAN on environment in the 2014 - 2015 period has defined tasks of chairing and coordinating with domestic and foreign agencies to successfully host AMME 13 and related events. AMME 13 will review the implementation of regional … [Read more...]

Integrating Business with Environment Protection

This is an action philosophy, in-depth perception and social responsibility of Khe Sim Co., Ltd, an outstanding coal producer affiliated to Dong Bac Corporation. With its serious care for environmental protection, Khe Sim has contributed greatly and directly to the sustainable development of local business community. From strong mind to concrete action Director Dinh Van Toan said, "In my opinion, environment is very important to our life, society, and sustainable development of the economy in general and the business community in particular. Currently, most companies are fully aware of environmental protection. Upgrading technology, applying clean technology solutions to business activities, strengthening control of related issues to prevent pollution and minimise environmental impacts are becoming development trends in the upcoming time. And, Khe Sim is no exception." For years, Khe Sim has launched various solutions and measures to uphold the responsibility of the political system … [Read more...]

Vietnam steps up implementation of Nagoya Protocol

The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources access and benefit-sharing in Vietnam was reviewed at a seminar held in Hanoi on September 28. As a part of the multilateral treaty since March 17, 2014, Vietnam has set and followed a blueprint to achieve its sustainable goals by 2020. As such, the country is scheduled to issue sufficient legal frameworks for accessing genetic resources and fairly and equitably sharing of benefits arising from their utilisation (ABS) by 2017, establish an ABS model in 2018, and complete a national data system on genetic resources in 2020. At the seminar, Erie Tamale from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity highlighted that under the agreement, involved nations can offer access to their genetic resources and obtain benefit-sharing contracts in return. Local residents providing usable knowledge also benefit. Dr Tran Thi Huong Giang from the Centre for Law and Policy of Sustainable Development said Vietnam issued … [Read more...]

VN needs to protect environment

Viet Nam Environment Administration Director General Nguyen Van Tai talks with Viet Nam News about the environmental challenges Viet Nam is facing and what to expect in the future. Today is the opening day of the 4th National Environmental Conference. What has Viet Nam done and has yet to achieve since the last conference five years ago? The biggest achievement we were able to pull off was to partly contain the increasing rate of environmental pollution or the rate of environmental degradation. With a developing country like Viet Nam, the elimination of pollution is deemed impossible with economic development. What we can and should do is to hold the pollution rate down. We could do this thanks to the improving legal system since the 3rd National Environmental Conference in 2010. The new Law on Environmental Protection released in 2014, in particular, helped to fill in legal loopholes as well as hand environmental management authority to one single administration: the Ministry of … [Read more...]

Fisheries Development Associated with Environmental Protection

Vietnam is known as a country of developed agriculture, of which fishery is one of the key industries that contribute significantly to national GDP. Seeking optimal development solutions for the sector and mitigating harmful effects on environment draw great attention of agencies at all levels. Unsustainable growth According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, so far, only 36 out of 63 provinces/ cities have started the restructuring of the fishery sector; however, their progress remains slow. The uncontrolled growth of white shrimp in many places leads to risks of breaking plans, creating great pressure on capital, building infrastructure, and adverse effects on the environment, and increasing risks of disease. The implementation, reviewing and planning of many local fishes are slow; farmers and businesses still lack capital for production and access to loans from credit institutions. Technology for raising tilapia has not had any standard procedures. Such … [Read more...]

Stronger Actions Needed for Urban Waste Disposal

According to data from the Vietnam Environment Administration, in 2015, the volume of solid waste in urban areas in Vietnam reached 37,000 tonnes a day, including 5,500 tonnes in Hanoi mainly treated by landfill technology (3,700 tonnes a day). With its bold investment for the Son Tay waste treatment facility with a daily capacity of 700 tonnes a day, using modern heath-recovering technology, Thang Long Environmental Services Joint Stock Company can handle approximately 10 percent of waste in Hanoi - the capital of Vietnam. In an interview granted to Vietnam Business Forum, Mr Nguyen Phuc Thanh, Chairman and CEO of Thang Long Environmental Services Joint Stock Company, said, "Urban waste in cities in Vietnam is a risk. To treat waste and address environmental pollution in a sustainable manner, authorities and localities need more aggressive actions and policies to deal with urban waste." Ngo Khuyen reports. As a leader of a pioneering company in environmental services, evidenced by … [Read more...]

Three Pillars of Sustainable Development

In the context of globalisation along with consequences of the economic growth-focused process, consumption-driven society, reliance on energy-consuming, resource-consuming and polluting technologies, shifting of responsibility to future generations by not internalising environmental costs and overusing natural resources, environment is defined as one of three pillars of sustainable development (economy, society and environment.) Sustainable development goes with environmental protection Sustainable development must be based on three pillars of economy, society and environment. How will development benefit people; how will economic growth not cause the widening of the rich / poor gap and social unrest, not deplete natural resources and destroy the environment, and ensure conditions for the long-term development and take into account benefits of future generations. These general views are easily understood by all listeners but they may face a lot of issues when they fail to meet with … [Read more...]

4th National Environmental Conference to open

The 4th National Environmental Conference, scheduled to welcome about 2,000 deputies has been organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to take place in Hanoi from September 29th - 30th. 4th National Environmental Conference On September 29th, the four main activities will include a seminar on the State management of environmental protection, seminars on science and technology in the field of environmental protection; the opening ceremony of the international exhibition on environmental protection and a ceremony recognizing exemplary models of environmental protection during the period 2011 - 2015. On September 30th, the plenary session of the 4th National Environmental Conference will take place. Mr. Nguyen Van Tai, Director General of the Department of Environment said the conference will focus on reviewing and evaluating the achievements of the state management of environmental protection in the period 2011 - 2015, identifying tasks and key solutions … [Read more...]

Vietnam should be careful in sharing the benefits from energy

The benefit-sharing mechanisms reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; encourage the development of renewable energy; finance for efficiency energy use, these problems that Vietnam should be careful in the process of implementing support programme to respond to climate change. Clean energy is one of the issues that donors are very interested. Photo: SP-RCC Mr. Do Manh Hung - Coordination Board of support program to respond to climate change (SP-RCC) exchanged with Vietnam Energy around this content. Vietnam has been actively deploying to complete SP-RCC program period 2016-2020 in order to continue the effective implementation of actions to respond to climate change. Clean energy is one of the issues that donors are very interested. In fact, a number of policy actions in 2014 had high practical significance, but also required the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Industry and Trade and etc should be careful, there is a benefit-sharing mechanism to … [Read more...]

Water resources, eroding land need saving

Water management has become a major topic of discussion in recent years among Viet Nam's lawmakers, experts and society. The country has been struggling to deal with water-related issues such as a rising sea level, land subsidence and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta. Lawmakers and experts shared their views on water management with Viet Nam News reporters Thu Van and Hoang Anh. Nguyen Thai Lai Nguyen Thai Lai, deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment What are the major problems that Viet Nam is facing in water management? There is an actual risk of the degradation and depletion of water resources due to the impact of climate change and an increase in the exploitation and use of water in upstream countries. It is shown on the following aspects: Firstly, the resources of Viet Nam depend heavily on international waters and are facing the challenge of water security by upstream countries to strengthen groundwater extraction. Most of the major river systems of Viet … [Read more...]

Administrative Reforms Stepped Up in Tax and Customs Fields

This is the main theme of the Vietnam Finance Conference and Exhibition 2015 held recently in Hanoi. Under the endorsement of the Ministry of Finance, the event was organised by the General Department of Taxation, the General Department of Vietnam Customs, the Financial Informatics and Statistics Department, and the National Institute for Finance (NIF) and International Data Group (IDG Vietnam). According to the Public Administration Reform (PAR) Index 2014 released by the Minister of Home Affairs on September 5, which measured the public administration reform in ministries and ministerial-level agencies, the Ministry of Finance ranked second out of 19 ministries with 81.54 percent, slightly behind the top-placed Ministry of Transport by 0.29 percent. The Ministry of Finance jumped two places over 2013 from fourth position. The above result partly reflected the success of the ministry in the implementation of Resolution 19/NQ-CP of the Government, especially in administrative … [Read more...]