Hanoi authorities have set up a 7-member council to select capable design consulting organisations for a contest named "Ideas for planning and designing the HoanKiemLake area and its surrounding areas". According to the Vietnam Architects' Association, HoanKiemLake and its adjacent area is an urban architectural heritage of Hanoi and Vietnam so the Prime Minister requested that it make a detailed plan for this area and collect opinions of the people before submitting it to the Ministry of Construction for approval. "It is necessary to renovate and newly build architectural works around HoanKiemLake and its surrounding area but all activities must follow the plan," said Nguyen Tan Van, Chairman of the Vietnam Architects' Association. Since late 2007, the Vietnam Architects' Association has mentioned the need to have a detailed urban design for the HoanKiemLake area to be the foundation for managing construction activities in this area from now on. The association said it is ready to … [Read more...] about Design contest introduced for Hoan Kiem Lake area
Lake area bank
The book, "Supporting the community in protecting lakes in six centre districts of Hanoi-Report on lakes in Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem, Dong Da, Hai Ba Trung, Cau Giay and Tay Ho districts" explores the dangerous state of the water in Hanoi. Water samples taken from more than 120 lakes in these districts showed that only 6 met the hygienic standards set forth by the survey with a limited amount of algae living in the water. Meanwhile, the majority of lakes is affected with organic substances, with 70% of them having substandard organic substance (DO) levels at below 4mg of DO per litre of water. Six lakes have DO levels lower than 1mg per litre of water which kills almost all microorganisms. Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD5) surpasses acceptable levels in 71% of lakes; 14% suffer from severe pollution due to organic substances; 25% are heavily-contaminated and 32% show signs of pollution. Over 80% of the banks of lakes which have not yet been embanked are heavily polluted and many of them are … [Read more...] about The severe pollution of Hanoi’s precious lakes is the main topic of a book introduced on October 14.
Dau Tieng Lake, located in Phuoc Minh Commune in Tay Ninh Province's, Duong Minh Chau District, is the largest irrigation reservoir in Vietnam with a capacity of 1.6 billion cubic meters, enough for watering 63,000 hectares of farmland in Tay Ninh and HCMC plus 40,000 hectares in the provinces of Binh Duong and Long An through the Saigon and Vam Co rivers Especially, the lake is also a frequent place for sightseers for its beautiful landscape of mountains, mysterious islets and its fresh and pure atmosphere. Being far away from the residential area, the lake has crystal like, clean water and on sunny days, the water reflects the blue color of the sky. Stretching along the lake is the Cau Mountain and a valley next to a primeval forest close to its bank, and scattered here and there in the lake are small islets. The lake's bank with its green grass coverage could be an ideal place for camping and visitors coming there could go fishing or watching the locals catch fish in the lake. Cau … [Read more...] about Visiting Dau Tieng Lake in Tay Ninh Province
VietNamNet Bridge - Chairman of Bac Kan Province People's Committee Hoang Ngoc Duong voiced concern over the erosion on the Ba Be Lake banks during an interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. Ore exploitation, deforestation and uncontrolled construction have eroded lake banks at an alarming level. How can we save the lake? A project to afforest and build stone river embankments to control the erosion of lake banks is being designed. Bac Kan Province shares the same point of view as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat that the ecology of the lake's upper reaches must be restored. We should not continue to grow production forests where trees are chopped down and sold. Haven't specialists already spent billions of dong researching dredging of Ba Be Lake? Some believe it is very difficult to dredge the lake. They worry the noise of excavators and bulldozers would drive monkeys and other animals from the national park that borders Ba Be … [Read more...] about Ba Be lake under threat from ore exploitation and deforestation
The legendary giant turtle in the Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake in Hanoi emerged twice yesterday, drawing the attention from hundreds of curious people in the capital. The turtle rose to the surface for the first time at 10:50 am and swam towards the lake’s bank. It then climbed onto the bank, with two-thirds of its body exposed, and stayed there for five minutes before returning to the water and disappearing in the depth of the lake. Witnesses said they found some black and blue spots on the turtle’s body, which weighs some 200 kg (440 lb), Lao Dong newspaper reported. At 1:35 pm it emerged again in an area near the floating restaurant, and the same behavior was recorded as in its first emergence. About eight months ago, experts in Hanoi captured the giant turtle for medical treatment after finding many serious wounds on its body. They believed the turtle may be suffering from the effects of pollution, snagging by fish hooks, attacks from smaller red ear turtles … [Read more...] about Hanoi giant turtle surfaces in lake