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 -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...]

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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 -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...]

Workshop reviews JICA’s forest management project in Dien Bien

PANO - A final technical workshop to review the Project for "Sustainable Forest Management in the Northwest Watershed Areas (SUSFORM-NOW)" was organized in Hanoi on July 30th-31st. SUSFORM-NOW, a technical cooperation project sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has been implemented in Dien Bien province between 2010 and 2015 with the Dien Bien provincial People's Committee (Dien Bien PPC), Dien Bien Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), and Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) as JICA's main counterparts. The main purpose of the project is to support Dien Bien province to implement the Provincial REDD+ Action Plan (PRAP), which was approved by the Dien Bien PPC's Decision No. 379/QD-UBND on May 26th 2014. The PRAP for Dien Bien was the first one in Vietnam. Among its key achievements, the project has developed the innovative provincial forest monitoring system (PFMS), using tablet PCs, with the aim of replicating it nationwide in … [Read more...]

Breeding insects for export, a new industry for Vietnam

The most difficult procedures in insect export is asking for the certificate of quality, size and the certificate of origin for insects. After nearly ten years breeding crickets, Mr. Truong Thanh Dung has developed a cricket farm in Duc Lap Thuong commune, Duc Hoa district, Long An province. Dung said that his farm supplies the domestic market with 5-6 tonnes of crickets each month, priced VND100,000/kg (nearly US$5). "It is not difficult to raise crickets. A basket of crickets yields 50-60 kilos of commercial crickets after 40 days," he said. According to Dung, both Vietnamese and foreigners like dishes processed from insects. His farm is looking for partners to export frozen crickets to the regional market. Insects are favored by many countries in the region and the world because insects are rich in protein and minerals beneficial to the human body. Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar have developed the insect breeding industry for domestic needs and export. In Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Breeding insects for export, a new industry for VN

VietNamNet Bridge - The most difficult procedures in insect export is asking for the certificate of quality, size and the certificate of origin for insects. Mr. Dung's cricket farm in Long An Province. After nearly ten years breeding crickets, Mr. Truong Thanh Dung has developed a cricket farm in Duc Lap Thuong commune, Duc Hoa district, Long An province. Dung said that his farm supplies the domestic market with 5-6 tons of crickets each month, priced VND100,000/kg (nearly $5). "It is not difficult to raise crickets. A basket of crickets yields 50-60 kilos of commercial crickets after 40 days," he said. According to Dung, both Vietnamese and foreigners like dishes processed from insects. His farm is looking for partners to export frozen crickets to the regional market. Insects are favored by many countries in the region and the world because insects are rich in protein and minerals beneficial to the human body. Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar have developed the insect … [Read more...]

Promoting administrative reform in natural resources and environment sector

The MoNRE has enhanced administrative reforms by reducing 30 land procedures thanks to one-level land register offices. NDO - Promoting administrative reform and building a public administration of openness, transparency and democracy is one of the priorities of the Party and State in order to intensify comprehensive reform, contributing to socio-economic development, and ensuring political stability, national defense and security. Nhan Dan Newspaper's reporter had an interview with Nguyen Minh Quang, Member of the Party Central Committee and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, to learn more about the outcomes achieved in the administrative reform of the natural resources and environment sector. Q: How did the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) implement Resolution No.30c/NQ-CP of the government on the general programme of administrative reform for the 2011-2020 period? A: The administrative reform in natural resources and environment sector has … [Read more...]

Coastal projects to be better supervised

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed ministries, agencies and coastal localities to strengthen the planning and management of real estate projects in coastal areas. Construction planning and management has received inadequate attention, the government believes. Many projects lack public space for the community and environmental pollution is a serious issue. Land use has been unrealistic, leading to delayed projects and a waste of land resources. To strengthen construction management and planning, ensure the effective and sustainable use of coastal land, and adapt to climate change, the PM asked the Ministry of Construction to coordinate with other ministries, agencies and city and provincial people’s committees to review and prepare construction plans and introduce regulations and standards for the long-term development of coastal areas. He also called or better inspections by local authorities in managing and planning construction in coastal areas. The Ministry of … [Read more...]

Thousands of trees planted at historic relic

PANO – The "One million green trees for Vietnam" Fund held a tree planting festival at the Dong Loc Junction Historic Relic in Dong Loc commune, Can Loc district, Ha Tinh province on July 26. Present at the ceremony were National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Head of the National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs Truong Thi Mai, and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang. Planting trees at the Dong Loc Junction Before the tree-planting, the delegates offered incense to ten female volunteers who had scarified their lives at a very young age for the sake of national independence. The fund‘s members and local people planted over 5,600 trees surrounding the relic, and then visited some policy beneficiaries and paid tribute to martyrs at various cemeteries. The tree planting fund, initiated and carried out by Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (Vinamilk) and the General Department of Environment under the Ministry of … [Read more...]

New scheme to monitor environmental resources

Viet Nam plans to start a new scheme to monitor environmental resources to prevent natural disasters. Photo phapluatgiaothong.vn Vietnam plans to start a new scheme to monitor environmental resources to prevent natural disasters, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has said. The ministry said the new system would be up to the best South East Asian standards. The ministry will seek opinions from ministries and sectors to complete the contents of a national master plan for the environment and natural resources. It will be submitted to the Government next month, said Deputy Minister Chu Pham Ngoc Hien at a workshop in Hanoi on July 20. A master plan approved by the Prime Minister in 2007 set out to make effective use of natural resources between 2016 and 2025, with a vision through to 2030. However, after seven years, the plan was found to have shortcomings, such as failing to anticipate the rapid urbanisation of the nation. The existing scheme … [Read more...]

Climate change and population problem in Vietnam

According to the scenario, nearly 90% of Vietnam's population are under the impacts of storms; nearly 70% of the population living in the lowlands, deltas or coastal areas, mountainous region are under impacts of climate change ... It requires Vietnam to propose a resolution to response. Facing many challenges It is forecasted with current birth-rate, the population of Vietnam will have reached 95.29 million people by 2019, and nearly 103 million people by 2029 and nearly 109 million people by 2049. It means that Vietnam will become one of three most populous countries in Southeast Asia and rank 13th in the world by population. Meanwhile, according to the UN, the continuous growth in population is also a factor of causing climate change by leading to the consumption growth and high amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The scientists predict Vietnam is one of the countries which suffer from the most severe impacts of global warming and sea level rise. In recent years, El Nino, La … [Read more...]

Environmental protection works required in Economic Zones

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has issued Circular No.35/2015/TT-BTNMT on environmental protection in economic zones, industrial parks, export processing zones, high-tech zones. This Circular takes effect from August 17th, 2015. Regarding economic zones, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment requested the units which establish and expand economic zone to take responsibility for assessing the ability to meet the conditions for environmental protection in economic zones. The assessment is submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Planning and Investment for verification. Besides, the agencies which propose the establishment, expansion of economic zones are also responsible for planning, constructing and operating technical infrastructure for environmental protection in economic zones and sending a written notice to Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for monitoring and inspection according to regulations. Circular … [Read more...]

MONRE to monitor resources

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam plans to start a new scheme to monitor environmental resources to prevent natural disasters, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has said. The ministry said the new system would be up to the best South East Asian standards. The ministry will seek opinions from ministries and sectors to complete the contents of a national master plan for the environment and natural resources. It will be submitted to the Government next month, said the Deputy Minister of the ministry, Chu Pham Ngoc Hien, at a workshop in Ha Noi on Monday. A master plan approved by the Prime Minister in 2007 set out to make effective use of natural resources between 2016 and 2025, with a vision through to 2030. However, after seven years, the plan was found to have shortcomings, such as failing to anticipate the rapid urbanisation of the nation. The existing scheme monitoring system was built to serve separate fields and at different periods, resulting in overlaps … [Read more...]

75mn litres of pure water for polluted areas

NIOEH's director, Dr. Doan Ngoc Hai, presents analyses of water quality in polluted areas across the country at the signing ceremony on Thursday. — Photo courtesy of Karofi Vietnam HA NOI (VNS) — As many as 75 million litres of fresh water will be delivered to people living in areas where sources of water are seriously polluted. Under the programme, Devotion for Viet Nam's Future, signed today by the health ministry's National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH) and Karofi Viet Nam, 350 water purifiers will be installed for free to help purify the water in about 20 villages across the country, especially the northern provinces. According to NIOEH's director, Dr. Doan Ngoc Hai, surveys into the practical needs of local people show that the construction of concentrated water supply systems in many rural areas was infeasible, particularly in communities that faced a critical shortage of clean water in large areas whilst people followed scattered … [Read more...]

National action plan on environmental health discussed

Contaminated water (Photo: VNA) Developing a national action plan for environmental health is crucial, heard a discussion in Hanoi on July 23 hosted by the Consultancy Central of Occupational Safety Health and Environmental Technology under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga from the National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health under the Ministry of Health said the national action plan will help boost studies, predictions, warnings and prevention of risks while reducing their impact on human health and establishing a national profile on environmental health. He called for improved legal frameworks and enforcement as well as a mechanism of cross-sector coordination to strengthen management. Publicity campaigns should be promoted to raise community awareness of the environment, Nga said, adding that training programmes should also be conducted to ensure capable human resources for the sector in the future. A … [Read more...]

Vietnam to launch new environment monitoring network

Vietnam is planning to launch a new environment and natural resource monitoring network which is equal to Southeast Asian standards in the coming years to better prevent and control natural disasters and protect the environment, heard a workshop in Hanoi on July 20. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) will solicit opinions from relevant ministries and sectors to complete the contents of the national master plan on the environment and natural resources monitoring network to submit to the Government in August 2015, said Deputy Minister of MONRE Chu Pham Ngoc Hien. The master plan was approved by the Prime Minister in 2007 to make effective use of natural resources to better serve the country’s sustainable development and national defence for the period of 2016-2025, with a vision through 2030. However, after seven years of implementation, the plan has exposed some shortcomings such as failing to anticipate the rapid urbanisation and its effects on the … [Read more...]

Regional seminar on country contributions to new climate change deal

A regional seminar held in Hanoi on July 20 discussed preparations for intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the new climate change agreement to be concluded at the 21 st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2015. During COP 20 in Lima, Peru last year, participants were urged to build and submit their own INDCs this year, ahead of COP 21 in Paris, said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha. So far, 19 sets of INDCs have been submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Vietnam’s draft INDCs document covers expected contributions to greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate change adaptation to be implemented in the country from 2021-2030. The plans have received feedback from research institutes, non-governmental and international organisations, and development partners. Representatives from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Vanuatu raised their voices to devise … [Read more...]

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More patients need organ transplantation Just a few patients suffering kidney or liver failure received organ transplantation in Vietnam, said the Ministry of Health and Organ Transplantation Association at a meeting to call on people to donate their organs in Hanoi. According to the Ministry of Health, the country has 14 medical facilities which are able to perform organ transplantation and Vietnamese doctors' skill in transplantation is as good as their counterparts in foreign countries. However, the sector is in severe need of organ supply while the demand is increasing drastically. The main cause of shortage of organ donation is due to people's incorrect awareness of organ donation. In addition, information of organ donation is still limited and not popular among the community. By statistics, Vietnamese surgeons has so far carried out over 1,011 kidney transplant operations, 37 liver transplant surgeries, 11 heart transplantation, one operation for pancreas transplant and over … [Read more...]