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Wetland forest management project launched for Tràm Chim National Park
A US$625,000 project for ecosystem management at Tràm Chim National Park in the Mekong Delta Province of Đồng Tháp was launched at a conference held by the Vietnam Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI) in Hồ Chí Minh City on August 5.
Finding solutions to conserve grey-shanked doucs in Quảng Nam
Quảng Nam is seeking sustainable solutions for the conservation of critically endangered primates living in a primary forest, while creating stable livelihoods for farmers in Tam Mỹ Tây Commune - which is home to 50 endangered grey-shanked douc langurs.
Tây Ninh expands Lò Gò - Xa Mát National Park
The Province of Tây Ninh is asking for relevant authority’s approval to merge Chàng Riệc cultural-historic forest with Lò Gò - Xa Mát National Park. The merger aims to improve the value and influence of the Lò Gò - Xa Mát National Park in bio-diversity protection, natural resource development and promotion of national special cultural-historic relic sites in the locality. The merger is expected to promote the preservation and restoration of the local national special relic sites.
Management Board tries to keep Côn Đảo National Park clean
The area in the Southern Province of Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu has suffered pollution from aqua-exploitation activities that saw waste released into the sea threatening biodiversity. The rapid development of tourism on the island in recent years has also seen an increase in waste.
Costa Rica: Designing a template for a cleaner, carbon-free world
Costa Rica has long punched above its weight as a global green pioneer with a strong social conscience, but now the Central American nation is preparing to cross the ultimate environmental frontier with a detailed plan to decarbonize its economy by 2050. Many countries have promised to do the same - reducing emissions is a key commitment of signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement - but Costa Rica is one of the first to turn pledges into solid policies and to frame the shift in terms of economic and social benefit.
IPU can play crucial role in the transition to a green economy
Developed countries are challenged with imbalance between supply and energy production, especially from renewable resources. In developing countries, the challenge lies in making energy more affordable to people on low incomes.
Nordic Assistance to Vietnam is actively coordinating and supporting for environmental protection, climate change response
On the occasion of the upcoming National Conference “Promoting the roles of faith-based organizations in environmental protection and climate change responses” to be organized in Huế City, the Vietnam Administration Environment Magazine (VEM) had a talk with Director of Nordic Assistance to Vietnam Mr. Knut Chritansen about this Organization’s coordination with competent Vietnamese agencies to effectively implement solutions to protect the environment.
From the details of using banana leaves as packaging to think about Vietnamese consumer culture
Food products are now wrapped in banana leaves and other natural materials instead of nylon and plastic bags at supermarket chains Big C, Co.opmart and Saigon Co.op in the three big cities Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng and Hồ Chí Minh City. The new move has been well-received by the public and even the Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc sees it a model for the business community, associations, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels - those that work in the services sector - to follow: Say no to nylon and plastic bags to protect the environment.
Nestlé Vietnam Co., Ltd.: Realizing commitments on environmental protection and sustainable development
Nestlé Vietnam, Top 10 Vietnam Sustainable Enterprises, continues to affirm its commitment to the implementation of environmental protection and sustainable development goals launched by the Prime Minister and the Nestlé Group. At the same time, Nestlé Vietnam is also a pioneer in realizing a series of initiatives as well as cooperating with enterprises in response to the "Month of Action for the Environment”. On this occasion, the Vietnam Environment Administration Magazine (VEM) had a conversation with Mr. Ganesan Ampalavanar - General Director of Nestlé Vietnam Co., Ltd. on the implementation of initiatives on plastic waste reduction and environmental protection.
Tetra Pak Company commits to build a low carbon, circular economy
Tetra Pak, the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company, announces its Sustainability Report 2019 that highlights its strong commitment to build a low carbon, circular economy and a sustainability approach that covers the entire value chain, thereby reducing its climate change impact and eliminating carbon emissions from economies.
Initiative of Zero Waste to Nature: towards the circular economy model
Currently, the amount of plastic waste and plastic bags nationwide accounts for about 8 - 12% of domestic solid waste, if there is no effective management solution, this will be a burden for the environment. Therefore, in order to minimize the amount of plastic waste to the environment, contributing to the development of the circular economy, in addition to the close coordination among Ministries and branches, many models as well as research studies to perfect the waste recycling and treatment technology in accordance with Vietnam's conditions are required.
9 years after the last rhino’s death at Cát Tiên National Park
The last rhino’s death at Cát Tiên National Park in 2010 has pushed the subspecies of the Rhinoceros sondaicus one step further on the brink of extinction. On March 21, 2019, a male Javan rhino of the same species as the rhino at Cát Tiên National Park died in Indonesia's Ujung Kulon National Park, reducing the total number of this subspecies to 68 individuals worldwide.
Vietnam's environmental commitments and obligations under the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement
The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was signed after many years of negotiations. This Agreement is expected to open up benefits for companies, consumers and workers in the European Union (EU) and Việt Nam, while strengthening respect for the rights on labor and environmental protection. After signing, the Agreement will have to undergo an internal approval process in the EU and Việt Nam to officially take effect.
Honoring scientists for their contribution to the environment
The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology gave the Trần Đại Nghĩa awards to four groups of scientists for having originated four projects and made great contributions to the country’s socio-economic development. This year’s nominees were produced by both domestic and overseas scientists in nine fields of natural science and technology (Mathematics; Mechanics; Information science and computer science; Physic; Chemistry; The sciences of life, earth, marine, environmental and energy).
Perfecting the legal basis to strengthen the management of endangered, precious and rare species prioritized for protection
On July 16, 2019, the Prime Minister issued Decree No. 64/2019/ND-CP amending Article 7 of Decree No. 160/2013/ND-CP dated November 12, 2013 on criteria for identifying species and management regime of species on the List of endangered, precious and rare species prioritized for protection. The Decree was issued to perfect the legal basis and strengthen the management of endangered, precious and rare species prioritized for protection under the Law on Biodiversity 2008. At the same time, to update and add endangered, precious and rare species into the List of endangered, precious and rare species prioritized for protection in response to the actual situation.
Capacity development for river basin water environment management in Việt Nam
The project of “Capacity development for river basin water environment management” is supported by the Japanese Government with the following objectives: Capacity strengthening, development and implementation of river basin water environment management policies for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), as well as the Departments of Natural Resources and Environment (DONREs) through pilot projects implemented in Cầu river basin (Thái Nguyên, Bắc Giang, Bắc Ninh) and Đồng Nai river system basin (Bình Dương, Đồng Nai, Hồ Chí Minh City and Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu).
Some plastic waste reduction solutions
We are now in the early 21st Century - a century of the dramatic development of science and technology with the imprints of the 4th industrial revolution, but at the same time, of environmental and climate change issues that have become more urgent than ever before. In particular, a long-standing problem that has been voiced by many countries is plastic waste. “Beat Plastic Pollution” was chosen by the United Nations as the theme of the World Environment Day 2018 and at the 2019 World Economic Forum, the Heads of State, leaders of multinational corporations have had strong commitments on anti-plastic waste.
Improving the efficacy of solid waste management in Việt Nam
On May 8, 2019, in Hà Nội, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) organized two seminars to discuss “The management of solid wastes” and “Models and technologies for solid waste treatment and management”. These forums were the opportunities for central and local government agencies, political and social bodies, international organizations and businesses to discuss achievements and problems with the State mechanism on solid waste management and analyse the advantages and disadvantages of existing methods and technologies in Việt Nam in order to reveal some solutions to improve the quality of solid waste management in the future.
News Decree on the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands
The Vietnam’s Government has issued Decree No. 66/ND-CP on the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. The Decree consists of 5 Chapters, 32 articles, specifying on the statistics, inventory, investigation, evaluation and monitoring of wetlands; establishment and management of wetland conservation areason the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is actively preparing for the organization of the National Conference on Solid Waste Management
Following the Prime Minister's guidance in Resolution No. 09/NQ-CP dated February 3, 2019, over the past time, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has cooperated with the concerned Ministries (Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Home Affairs, etc.) to review the current legal documents related to the state management of solid waste, proposing amendments and supplements to implement a consistent state management plan on solid waste; to carry out practical assessment of solid waste management in localities to provide information on the current situation of solid waste collection, transportation and treatment.
Focus on studying and amending the Law on Environmental Protection to meet the country's new development requirements
On July 26, 2019, the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) held a conference to review the first 6 months of work and mission directions for the last 6 months of 2019 in Hà Nội. The Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Võ Tuấn Nhân attended and directed the conference.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the PRO Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding for sharing responsibilities in promoting the circular economy
In the morning of September 11, 2019, in Hà Nội, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to share goals, visions and responsibilities in promoting the circular economy in Việt Nam through activities of reducing, separating, collecting and recycling waste.
Celebration Ceremony of the International Day for Biodiversity 2019: Our biodiversity, Our food, Our health
On May 22, 2019, in Vân Long Nature Reserve, Vân Long (Gia Viễn District, Ninh Bình Province), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) cooperated with Ninh Bình Provincial People's Committee to hold a celebration ceremony and activities to respond to the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) in 2019 with the theme of "Our biodiversity, Our food, Our health” and awarded the Ramsar Certificate of Việt Nam to Vân Long Wetland Nature Reserve (WNR). Attending the Ceremony were the Deputy Minister of MONRE Võ Tuấn Nhân, the Vice Chairman of Ninh Bình Provincial People's Committee Phạm Quang Ngọc, the representatives of the departments, branches and numerous armed forces, students and people of Ninh Bình Province.
Joint efforts needed to fight plastic wastes
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), on June 9, 2019 launched the National campaign on anti-plastic waste in collaboration with the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee (CYUCC).
Việt Nam to propose initiatives at the G20 Summit
Prime Minister (PM) Nguyễn Xuân Phúc led a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation in a visit to Japan to attend the 14th G20 Summit. The 14th G20 Summit was held in Osaka City on June 28 - 29, 2019, with the participation of heads of state and leaders of 20 leading developed and emerging economies in the world. The visit, made at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was expected to open new cooperation opportunities between the two countries and promote bilateral relations.

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