Viet Nam News Last year's drought devastated crops and caused serious losses for farmers in the Mekong Delta. This year, authorities are restructuring crops, building dykes and erecting sluices in anticipation of continuing weather disasters. By Phạm Hoàng Nam The official attitude of provincial authorities in the Mekong Delta region this year could be deemed "forewarned is forearmed". Authorities are determined to prevent a recurrence of the disaster that struck last year after the worst drought in 90 years, along with serious saline intrusion, affected the entire region. This year, the Delta is storing as much fresh water as possible. Dykes have been upgraded, sluices erected, and crops restructured. Master plans on climate-change adaptation are being reviewed and adjusted. Predictions are that saline intrusion will be at a higher level this year in comparison with previous years. But it will be lower and less serious than last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture … [Read more...] about Delta takes urgent steps to prevent drought
Future actions to prevent floods
City dwellers attend congress to voice concerns, share pride (22-12-2005) Hundreds of delegates participated in the Ha Noi Party Congress and the HCM City People's Council Meeting. Young and old all shared a feeling of pride with the media. Almost 400 delegates participated in the 14th Ha Noi City Party Congress. Young and old all shared a feeling of pride with the Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper. Dang Nhu Ty, 77, Chairman of the Ba Dinh District's Veteran Association: I am very happy and proud to participate in the congress on behalf of the members of our association. The congress shows the City Party and Ba Dinh District Party care a lot about elderly people and highly appreciate the contribution of veterans. I have encouraged other association members to set an example in their lives because I think the exemplary spirit of a Party's members is more meaningful than any theory lesson. This includes trying to understand the hopes of young people and guiding them to join in public … [Read more...] about City dwellers attend congress to voice concerns, share pride
As farms yield to industry, nation must ensure rights of landless poor (15-10-2007) With World Food Day's imminent, Vietnam News Agency discusses agriculture and rural development with Food and Agriculture Organisation country representative Andrew Speedy. What is your assessment of food security in Viet Nam, especially the implementation of agriculture and rural development policies and the management of rice exports by the Viet Nam Government? Viet Nam has already succeeded in achieving the first of the United Nation's Millennium Goals - set in 2002 - by halving the proportion of its poor and hungry well ahead of the 2015 target. Rapid economic growth combined with direct government action to help the poorest households and communities have dramatically reduced the incidence of poverty and hunger and improved the living standards of most Vietnamese. The poverty rate in Viet Nam, measured by international standards, fell from 60 per cent in the early 90s to less than 20 per cent today … [Read more...] about As farms yield to industry, nation must ensure rights of landless poor
Trees of life:Mangrove forest in Thach Phu cover 8,825ha in the southern province of Ben Tre. — VNS File Photo Eco-action: Ho Chi Minh City now has 35,000ha of protective forest, mostly in Can Gio District, which has been internationally recognised as a Biosphere Reserve. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Do Seeds to trees: Young people in Ho Chi Minh City help recover a mangroveforest in Can Gio District. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai Mad about mangrovesMangrove forests are a special and rare eco-system. Mangrove forests exist only in tropical and subtropical areas, and they have a positive impact on environmental protection, especially rising sea levels.Thanks to their thick canopies and root systems, mangrove forests are considered a "green wall" in the fight against storms and large waves, and mitigate the affects of tsunamies and land erosion. They help clean coastal environments, prevent salt penetration, protect underground water sources and reduce CO2 levels.Viet … [Read more...] about Mangroves to the rescue
A tropical depression which followed storm Podul last Friday night ended up killing at least 41 people, destroying 10 bridges, breaking two hills, and inundating hundreds of thousands of houses in flooding in the central provinces of Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai. Many people wondered how a tropical depression could be much deadlier than super typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the world's history that had hit northern Vietnam three days earlier and killed 14. Speaking to the press, authorities and meteorologists in Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh blamed the unexpected flooding on heavy rainfall, as much as 600mm. They all denied reports that discharge of water from hydropower dams played a part in triggering the historic flooding. However, everybody knows that the latest disaster was yet another unusual flooding that people in the central region have had to suffer over the past 10 years. Numerous hydropower dams have been built in the region and destroyed large areas … [Read more...] about Have we done enough to stop the killing?