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Pollution degrades marine biodiversity
Vietnam is facing serious marine pollution with mass fish deaths in some central provinces last April the latest incident recorded. Vietnam has never faced such a big challenge to its coral like it is at present. More than 50 tonnes of coral, excluding black coral in Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Quang Ninh provinces and Hai Phong city, disappear every year.
US$29.4 million to improve livelihoods in southern wetland
The People’s Committee of the Đồng Tháp has approved a VNĐ664 billion ($29.4 million) subproject to improve the drainage capacity and develop sustainable livelihoods for the Đồng Tháp Mười wetland. The project will be implemented from 2017-20 in some 22,000ha of the area.
US$105 million on annual waste treatment in Hồ Chí Minh City
Hồ Chí Minh City (HCMC) spends VND2.2-2.4 trillion (US$96.8-105.6 million) annually on treatment of nearly 7,000 tons of garbage discharged a day in the city, said HCMC Urban Environment Co
87 new species discovered in VN
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Việt Nam accounts for 87 of the 163 new species of animals and plants discovered in the Greater Mekong region.
Bamboo conservation project in Quảng Nam
The central district Điện Bàn in cooperation with the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) has kicked off a local bamboo conservation project that will run from 25 December, 2017.
From Kyoto protocol to Paris Agreement: Transition towards a new carbon market mechanism
Ha Noi, 16 December 2016 - The Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have held an important review workshop on how lessons from implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) can guide the transition towards new carbon market mechanisms in Viet Nam.
Choking smog makes Hanoi's pollution "very unhealthy"
Air pollution in Hanoi reached dangerous levels, when it was ranked the second most polluted among cities monitored under a global air quality study.
World takes bold steps to protect wildlife, including elephants, rhinos and tigers
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) left Việt Nam and Mozambique in no doubt that they must crack down on the illegal rhino horn trade within a year or face the threat of sanctions.
Hà Nội to crack down on polluting enterprises
All polluting businesses or businesses that deliberately fail or delay to implement environmental remediation measures will be publicised and penalised. Mr. Nguyễn Thế Hùng, Vice Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee issued Official Dispatch No. 5714/UBND-ĐT, dated October 5th, 2016, regarding the management of industrial pollution in Hà Nội.
Đà Nẵng looks to Public Private Parnership in waste water treatment
Đà Nẵng city has been struggling against waste water at Industrial Zones (IZs) and urban sites, as well as to supply clean water while dealing with heavily polluted sites. According to the city’s Institute for Economic and Social development, only 70 per cent of waste water from IZs is treated before being discharged into the environment, but it’s still at level 1 (liquidation of organic matter).
Central localities compensated
The Ministry of Finance has transferred VNĐ3 trillion (US$134 million) to four coastal central provinces of Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên - Huế) where fish died en mass due to environmental pollution in April.
Hà Nội increases oxygen in West Lake to save fish
Chairman of the Hà Nội People’s Committee, Nguyễn Đức Chung, has said Hà Nội is installing four high capacity oxygen supply systems at West Lake to improve the lake’s oxygen content.
Việt Nam attends 17th CITES conference in South Africa
Representatives from 182 member countries of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) are gathering at the 17 th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 24 to October 5, 2016.
Prime Minister issues directive on illegal wildlife trade
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has just issued a new directive instructing authorities and law enforcement agencies across the country to take urgent measures to combat the illegal trade in wildlife. According to the Directive, the Government is aware that its current approach has not stamped out the illegal trade and that “illegal activities, including processing, handicraft making and trading, and openly selling wildlife products such as ivory and rhino horns are still taking place”.
Đồng Tháp to restore its forests
The Đồng Tháp province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is afforesting 155 ha under a province plan to grow forests through 2020. It is also planting another three million trees around the Province. Most of the trees being planted are local or Australian cajuput.
How is the environmental fee being used?
Environmental accidents in many localities. Despite these events, people do not receive support from local authorities, though they must pay many environment taxes and fees
World’s second largest Delacour’s langur population was discovered
The world’s second largest population of the critically endangered Delacour’s langur was recently discovered by Fauna & Flora International (FFI).
Hồ Chí Minh city’s environment under pressure: experts
The population explosion and rapid urbanisation have exerted pressure on Hồ Chí Minh (HCM) city’s environment, experts have said at a seminar held last week on the environmental problems facing the city in the last five years.
Ministry sets forth solutions to environmental protection
It is necessary to promptly devise a national plan on environmental protection to serve as the foundation for appraising and approving investment projects in regions across the country. This is among solutions to improve environmental protection put forth by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) in a report presented by Minister Trần Hồng Hà at a teleconference on the environment held in Hanoi recently.
18 million USD plan adopted for U Minh Hạ National Park preservation work
The province of Cà Mau has adopted a plan on conserving the biological diversity, ecological environment and resources of U Minh Hạ National Park at a total cost of nearly 400 billion VND (18 million USD) in 2016 - 2020.
Growth not worth damaging environment
The environment cannot be allowed to be destroyed for the sake of socio-economic development, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc told an online environment protection conference with 63 localities.
Red-shanked douc langur selected as Danang's symbol
Đà’s authorities have chosen red-shanked douc langurs as the city's symbol in the run-up to hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2017.
Marine environment in four central provinces basically safe
The marine environment in the coastal areas of four central provinces stretching from Hà Tĩnh to Thừa Thiên - Huế is basically safe, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Trần Hồng Hà has said at a conference in Hà Nội on August 22nd 2016 reviewing the current status of the marine environment following the massive fish death incident in four central provinces in April.
World’s second largest Delacour’s langur population was discovered
The world’s second largest population of the critically endangered Delacour’s langur was recently discovered by Fauna & Flora International (FFI).
Prime Minister pushes for development without environment destruction
The environment cannot be allowed to be destroyed for the sake of socio-economic development, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc told an online environment protection conference with 63 localities on 24th August, 2016.
Environmental industry needs to stop wasting time
The domestic environmental industry still reveals a lot of limitations. Currently, it is capable to meet just two or three percent of the demand for urban wastewater treatment, 15 percent of solid waste treatment, and 14 percent of hazardous waste treatment. The recycling of waste in sectors such as oil, plastics, electricity, and electronics remains significantly underdeveloped.
Hồ Chí Minh city to stop burying solid waste
Hồ Chí Minh city plans to reduce burying of solid wastes and improve waste treatment technologies by 2030, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has said.
Wind farm investors line up despite poor track record
While foreign investors are lining up to invest in new wind farms in Việt Nam, numerous previously licensed wind farms are long delayed in construction or had their investment certificates revoked. One of these is the Phước Nam-Enfinity wind farm invested by Belgian company Enfinity in the South-Central province of Ninh Thuân. The project has been awaiting construction for five years to date.
Twenty endangered Pangolins released into the wild
The Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Programme (CPCP), a collaboration between Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) and Cúc Phương National Park, released 20 endangered Sunda Pangolins to a safe and undisclosed location in Việt Nam. The critically endangered pangolins were rescued from the wildlife trade and rehabilitated at SVW/CPCP in Cúc Phương National Park in the Northern province of Ninh Bình.
Vietnam to get tough on emissions at steel mills
The Vietnam Government has approved a national plan on air quality control until 2020 with a vision towards 2025, which will force 70% of steel plants to install automatic emissions monitoring systems.
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