Hà Nội-based UN office gets top green buildings award
The Việt Nam Green Building Council (VGBC) on Monday awarded the Green One United Nations House (GOUNH) a Platinum Lotus Certification, the highest level in the market-based green building rating system. The certificate is in recognition of the Hà Nội-based GOUNH, a high performance green building that enhances the efficient use of resources through smart ecological design and management
Bai Tu Long National Park becomes ASEAN’s 38th heritage park
Bai Tu Long National Park in the northern province of Quang Ninh has been named the 38th ASEAN Heritage Park. The title awarding ceremony was held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the local People’s Committee in Ha Long city on May 19.
Urban Green Growth Model and Indicators for Urban sustainable development
Within the framework of high level conference of Asia Pacific Economy Forum (APEC) 2017 in Ha Noi, the Vice Minister- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bui Thanh Son and the Vice Minister of Construction, Phan Thi My Linh co-chaired the Dialogue on Sustainable Urbanization.
APEC trade policy on environmental services deliberated
As part of the second APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 2) and related meeting, the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) hosted a Trade Policy Dialogue (TPD) on Environmental Services in Hanoi on May 11.
Việt Nam takes action to save primates
Việt Nam will strive to combat the hunt and illegal trade of primates by 2025, with the goal to reducing hunting by 70 per cent. It will also work towards building three rescue centres to save and release primates back into the wild.
Bear necessities: New dens for rescued bears
Rescued bears in Việt Nam will have more living space with the inauguration of two houses with two semi-natural enclosures at Tam Đảo National Park bear reserve in the Northern province of Vĩnh Phúc.
MONRE to issue list of industries polluting environment
Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has ordered the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) to urgently review and issue a list of industries that pose a high risk of polluting the environment. The Ministry was asked to co-operate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Construction and relevant agencies to complete the task.
Korean energy technologies introduced to Vietnamese firms
A seminar introducing Korean energy technology to Vietnamese enterprises took place in Ho Chi Minh City on April 20, attracting representatives from nearly 60 firms, research institutes and State management agencies from the two countries.
Hanoi: applying useful project for clean environment
The capital city of Hanoi is taking measures to build a green and clean environment.
Central Highlands vigilant at forest fires during dry season peak
The five provinces of Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Lam Dong have conducted inspections of forest protection and fire prevention works.
Canon pushes forest planting in Thanh Hoa
Hundreds of trees were planted at Ben En National Park in the central province of Thanh Hoa during the forest planting festival held by Canon Vietnam in the locality on April 16.
Ho Chi Minh City to publicize pollution data
Ho Chi Minh City will publish air and water quality indexes on 48 electronic screens across the city, starting later this month, according to the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
Vietnam proposes drastically increasing ‘environment tax’ on petrol
The Vietnamese government is drafting an amendment to the law on environmental protection tax, which includes a proposal to more than double the current tax on gasoline.
Delta struggles with urban waste treatment
Treatment of urban waste is proving to be a challenge for Mekong Delta provinces because the operation of many garbage treatment plants has been delayed due to disputes over pricing and investors are shying away since it is not a lucrative business.
Ninh Thuan kicks off Belgium funded project on water resource management
Ninh Thuan authorities on March 22 launched a project “Strengthening River Basin Management Capacity through Participatory Irrigation Management in Relation to Climate Change” (PIM) in the presence of Belgian Ambassador to Vietnam Jehanne Roccas
Four central cities join One Planet City Challenge
Four cities in Vietnam – Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An and Dong Ha – have agreed to enter World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF)’s One Planet City Challenge programme to show how cities can be a hub for creativity, ambition and innovation in dealing with climate change.
Việt Nam moves to reduce wastewater from industrial parks
This year, the United Nations chose the theme of “Wastewater” for World Water Day (March 22), calling for a reduction in wastewater and reuse of water in a bid to ensure that everyone has access to safe water by 2030.
5 frozen tigers found in Nghệ An
The local police of central Nghệ An Province have seized five frozen tigers after conducting a raid on a resident’s house in Diễn Châu District on 20March. The tigers are alleged to be Indochinese tigers (Panthera tigris corbetti), weighing some 100-150kg each, without internal organs. The police are investigating the case.
Heavy water resource exploitation in Đà Nẵng
The central city of Đà Nẵng needs to invest in its tap water supply system, especially in remote areas, to effectively limit the rampant and rapid exploitation of underground water, experts have said. This and other solutions were proposed at the conference on exploitation, protection and proper use of underground water resources held in the city, lately.
Environmental services co-operatives treat waste in Vĩnh Phúc province
Environmental services co-operatives have been operating for years in the northern province of Vĩnh Phúc, providing a cleaner living environment for residents. For example, in Bình Xuyên District’s Tam Hợp commune, the Tam Hợp Environment Service Co-operative, founded in 2014, is equipped with two incinerators with a burning capacity of 15 tonnes of waste daily.
Quang Nam works with Lao province to protect forest
The forest management department of the central province of Quang Nam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation with its counterpart body in Laos’ Sekong province on March 16.
Air pollution in Hà Nội reaches hazardous levels
Air pollution in the capital city, which has been bad since last Mar 17, is so severe now that health experts have warned people to stay indoors. The Air Quality Index at various air monitoring stations across Hà Nội showed dangerously high levels on Monday night
Companies to invest $3.3 billion in solar projects in Daklak province
Daklak province on Saturday granted licences and signed memorandums of understanding for the development of several solar power projects worth a combined $3.3 billion.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to inspect 520 facilities
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) will inspect adherence to environment protection regulations at 520 production and business establishments, industrial, export processing and hi-tech zones.
Four teams to inspect Formosa compensation
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình has requested four inspection teams to examine the compensation for residents affected by the marine environment incident in the central provinces of Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên - Huế last year.
Lâm Đồng province to invest over 510 billion VNĐ to biodiversity protection
The Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng plans to invest 510 billion VNĐ (22.35 million US$) in a project to preserve the Province’s biodiversity for the next decade and beyond. The funds will be used to develop the Langbiang Biosphere Reserve as well as Bidoup Nui Bà and Cát Tiên National Parks.
Long An province boots to develop green industry
Long An province has assigned priority to environment-friendly technologies and strengthened environmental management to ensure sustainable operation of its industrial zones (IZ).
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
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