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Vietnam commits to tiger conservation

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm




Vietnam commits to tiger conservation


QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

Vietnam stands ready to cooperate with foreign countries and international organizations in improving tiger conservation on its own soil and the region as whole.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen made this commitment at a historic tiger conservation forum held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, from November 21-24.

Tuyen also pledged to fulfil the target of the Global Tiger Initiative as a key element in the effort to protect biodiversity.

“Vietnam is committed to full involvement in and stronger support for relevant regional or global programmes,” said the Deputy Minister. He cited the ASEAN-Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) website, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Interpol as evidence of this.

He also pledged full participation in other bilateral and multilateral frameworks on conservation of tigers in particular and biodiversity in general.

The summit, hosted by Russian Prime Minister V. Putin, was the first international forum on conservation of an endangered wildlife species.

The event was attended by high-profile representatives from 13 countries home to wild tigers, namely India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, China and Vietnam. Also present were representatives of UN agencies and foreign non-governmental organisations engaged in biodiversity conservation.

At the summit, governments capped a year-long political process with about 127 million USD in new funding to support the plan known as the Global Tiger Recovery Programme. The funding will include a large loan package from the World Bank to some tiger range countries and millions in additional grants from the Global Environment Facility.

The World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) committed 50 million USD over the next five years on tiger conservation and set a goal of increasing that to 85 million USD.

The Global Tiger Initiative was raised by the WB President in 2008 with tiger range countries committed to doubling the current wild tiger population of close to 3,200 individuals by 2022.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Bear conservation: opinions need changing

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm




Bear conservation: opinions need changing


QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:31 (GMT+7)

To save the Vietnamese bear population, the country should start a campaign to change people’s ideas about the properties of bear gall bladder and bile products.


This recommendation was put forward by Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) at a press conference in Hanoi on November 23 to launch a report on attitudes and behaviour regarding the use of bear gall in Vietnam.


An ENV survey of more than 3,000 residents of three major cities – Hanoi, HCM City and Da Nang – shows that 22 percent of people interviewed said they have used bear gall. People with higher levels of education tend to use more bear gall than those with lower levels of education.


Many people consider bear gall a panacea for all diseases ranging from minor injuries and digestive problems to cancer. Up to 74 percent of interviewees said that using bear gall is not unlawful behaviour.


According to ENV, Vietnam is home to two rare species of bears, Ursus thibetanus and Helarctos malayanus, and both are seriously threatened by illegal hunting and smuggling. Bears are usually captured in the wild when they are small and then sold to farms to raise for gall bladder and bile products.


At present, Vietnam has around 3,500 confined bears, most of them originating from the wild.


ENV said that eliminating bear farms is the first important step for conserving bear species in Vietnam.


In addition to protecting wild bears, ENV recommended that relevant Vietnamese agencies should improve the laws on wild animal protection and promote their enforcement as well as scientific research on bear conservation.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Beach conservation effort succeeds

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm




Beach conservation effort succeeds


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

Co Chien Islet’s Ngang Beach in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Tra Vinh has been recognised for its successes in restoring local biodiversity and ecosystems.


A recent report in Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper highlighted the success of afforestation work and other projects to ensure Co Chien adapts to climate change.


Experts from the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) working on the group’s Greater Mekong Programme said about 36 kinds of aquatic species have been restored at Ngang Beach, situated in Hai Thu Hamlet, Long Hoa Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tra Vinh Province.


Ngang Beach is located at the mouth of the Co Chien River, a branch of the Mekong, which empties into the southern East Sea.


Do Minh Tien, Party committee secretary of Long Hoa Commune, said local residents have benefited from the introduction of more sustainable ways to earn a living.


“Living standards of people at Ngang Beach have improved thanks to efforts to preserve local forests,” said Tien.


The ecosystem has also benefited.


“Aquatic species such as vop (a kind of clam), thoi loi fish, ca ngat (gray eel catfish) and bong sao fish (boleophthalmus boddarti) were almost driven to extinction during the past ten years, but recently their numbers have recovered strongly,” Tien said.


Hectares of forests were planted on Ngang Beach this year, part of efforts to help mitigate the impact of climate change.


“10ha of the total 170ha plantation were zoned as a bio-diversity reserve,” Tien said.


Huynh Quoc Vu, head of management board of Tien Thanh Co-operative, said local people have been taught more sustainable farming methods.


“Locals realised the importance of the forests to their lives, so they no longer over-exploit the natural resources here,” said Vu.


Tien Thanh Co-operative was established in 2004 and now has 400 members.


Since its establishment, the co-operative has made a profit each year. Profits are shared among members based on their holdings.


“In 2009, the co-operative gained VND8 billion (US$404,000) from clam farming. After deducting expenses, the dividend was VND650,000 ($33) each,” Vu said.


Buffer zone


The co-operative has expanded the area of clam cultivation to 150ha for this crop, aiming for a dividend of VND700,000 ($35.5) for each clam farmer, said Vu.


Tran Van Quy, who was one of the first farmers in the area to take part in afforestation projects, says the work has helped mitigate the impacts of storms and other extreme weather.


“Ten years ago, landslides were a terrible risk here, especially during the monsoon,” said Quy.


“But thanks to the support of the Government, there is now a buffer zone of forest running along coastal land.”


His family has planted and protected 20ha of cypress forest.


“We have the right to exploit this natural resource. However, we have to obey certain rules to preserve the ecosystem, so we are not allowed to use electric traps to catch fish and we avoid catching young or baby fish.”


Quy said crabs have become particularly abundant in the area.


Fifty-year-old farmer Nguyen Huu Chi, who manages 5ha of newly planted forest, said planting trees has lured back a wide range of wildlife.


“This includes rising numbers of crab, catfish, shrimp, tra fish and goby fish,” he said.


“I will plant an additional 3.3ha of trees this year where I can breed goby fish. I earned VND30 million ($1,500) in the last harvest while the expenditure was less than VND10 million ($500).”


Source: VNS/VietnamNet


 


Source: QDND

Green Live Day to teach kids about conservation

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm




Green Live Day to teach kids about conservation


QĐND – Friday, April 09, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Green Live Day will take place this Sunday and is expected to draw around 5,000 young people to get involved in environmental protection activities in HCM City.


They will experience environmentally friendly life in a green areas including a green space, a school, a house and a playground.


The event will be held by Go Green Club under the Go Green programme jointly organised by Toyota Vietnam, the National Environment Agency, and the Ministry of Education and Training.


This will also be a chance for enterprises to display their environmentally friendly products. The day will be highlighted with a community action for needy people, according to the organiser. Secondhand clothes will be renewed with environmentally friendly technology and offered to disadvantaged children.


The day intends to raise public awareness about protecting the Vietnamese environment and to help young people develop an overall view about environmental pollution and prompt behavioural change to make a greener country.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnam supports wetlands conservation

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:35 am

A meeting themed “Caring for wetlands – an answer to climate change” was held on February 27 in Hanoi to mark World Wetlands Day (February 2).








A wetland area – a habitat for waterfowl bird species. A meeting was held in Hanoi yesterday to mark World Wetlands Day and promote wetland preservation. (Photo: An Ninh Thu Do)

The event was co-organized by the General Department for Environment, Birdlife International, and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Meeting participants said that despite wetlands being vulnerable to human-induced climate change, if managed well, they would play a role in its mitigation. These habitats would be important in helping humans to adapt to climate change through their critical role in ensuring water and food security. 

Following the meeting, several activities were conducted to promote the climate-saving significance of wetlands.


Birds were set free to symbolize that wetlands need protecting to save the habitat of waterfowl species.


Leaflets were distributed and a there was a bicycle parade for the event.


To mark World Wetlands Day, provinces and cities across the country have urged local agencies to strengthen protection of the environment and biodiversity regarding wetlands.

On February 2, 1971, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Since then February 2 has been celebrated as World Wetlands Day. In 1989, Vietnam signed the treaty, which now has 159 country members.





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Over US$ 1.2 million spent for Thang Long Citadel conservation

In Politics-Society on March 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm




Over US$ 1.2 million spent for Thang Long Citadel conservation


QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi People’s Committee has approved a project, sponsored by UNESCO, to preserve the Thang Long Citadel, located at 18 Hoang Dieu Street and at 12 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street.


The project is estimated to cost US$ 1.2 million, including a US$ 1.1 million grant by UNESCO.


Studies on archeology and architecture values in the areas will be carried out from January 2010 to January 2013. Then, researchers will recommend measures to protect excavated sites.


The project is also designed to provide Vietnamese professionals and managers with techniques in urban archeology, historic preservation, and heritage development.


Documents on the Thang Long Citadel were submitted to UNESCO for recognition as a world heritage site.


Source: Vnexpress


Translated by Hoang Anh 


Source: QDND

Conservation plan to help reduce energy costs

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 12:12 pm

HCM City (VNA)– Vietnam can save at least 5 percent of its total energy needs by 2010 and dup to 8 percent by 2015 if a new energy conservation programme is approved by the Government.

The programme was discussed at a seminar held last week by the HCM City Energy Conservation Centre (HCM-ECC) and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Office (EECO).

Tran Viet Hoa, a representative from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said the proposed National Programme on Energy Efficiency and Conservation would be submitted to the National Assembly next year for final approval.

The programme, among other measures, encourages the use of energy-efficient equipment used in households and industry and the creation of new laws on industrial power use.

Educating citizens about energy use, getting rid of low-efficiency electrical equipment, and encouraging power savings in construction and transportation are other objectives of the programme.

Hoa said the use of energy-saving labels in products, which the government encouraged last year, had been underused by companies.

Last year, only three companies registered to attach labels on their products, he said.

According to the EECO, the rate of electric power consumption per capita each year has increased dramatically, with 540kWh this year against 288 kWh in 2000.

Nguyen Thanh Phong, of HCM City Electricity Company said since 2006 the city had encouraged citizens to buy compact flu orescent bulbs which have been offered at low prices to more than 490,000 families.

By using such bulbs, monthly electric bills can bi cut by 15 percent.

This year the company has sold 84,000 bulbs, 70 percent of its target. The campaign will continue until 2015.

Vietnam ’s energy demands have risen dramatically in recent years as its industrial sector has developed.

The Vietnam Institute of Energy has predicted until 2020 the country would be capable of supplying 58-65 million tonnes of coal, 18-20 tonnes of oil and 83 billion kWh electric power each year.

But in 40 to 60 years fossil fuel sources in the country will be exhausted if the Government does not have specific strategies for energy conservation, according to experts.

A survey by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and HCM –ECC finds that Vietnam has great potential to save energy.

The cement industry could save 50 percent of energy consumed, the steel industry 20 percent, and the garment sector 30 percent, the ministry said.

Vietnam , however, uses more energy than other nations to make the same product, according to the ministry.

In addition, Vietnamese companies’ energy cost are at least 1.5 times more than those in companies in Thailand , China and Malaysia .

Nguyen Van Thuong, deputy general director of the Rang Dong Plastic Company, said energy expense represented 2 percent of the company’s product value.

Thuong said the company could save 30-40 percent in energy costs by replacing outdated industrial equipment.-

Conservation plan to help reduce energy costs

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 11:52 am

HCM CITY—Viet Nam can save at least 5 per cent of its total energy needs by 2010 and up to 8 per cent by 2015 if a new energy conservation programme is approved by the Government.


The programme was discussed at a seminar last week held by the HCM City Energy Conservation Centre (HCM-ECC) and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Office (EECO).


Tran Viet Hoa, a representative from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said the proposed National Programme on Energy Efficiency and Conservation would be submitted to the National Assembly next year for final approval.


The programme, among other measures, encourages the use of energy-efficient equipment used in households and industry and the creation of new laws on industrial power use.


Educating citizens about energy use, getting rid of low-efficiency electrical equipment, and encouraging power savings in construction and transportation are other objectives of the programme.


Hoa said the use of energy-saving labels on products, which the government encouraged last year, had been underused by companies.


Last year, only three companies registered to attach labels on their products, he said.


According to the EECO, the rate of electric power consumption per capita each year has increased dramatically, with 540kWh this year against 288kWh in 2000.


Nguyen Thanh Phong, of HCM City Electricity Company, said since 2006 the city had encouraged citizens to buy compact flourescent bulbs which have been offered at low prices to more than 490,000 families.


By using such bulbs, monthly electric bills can be cut by 15 per cent.


This year the company has sold 84,000 bulbs, 70 per cent of its target. The campaign will continue until 2015.


Soaring demand


Viet Nam’s energy demands have risen dramatically in recent years as its industrial sector has developed.


The Viet Nam Institute of Energy has predicted until 2020 the country would be capable of supplying 58–65 million tonnes of coal, 18–20 tonnes of oil and 83 billion kWh electric power each year.


But in 40 to 60 years fossil fuel sources in the country will be exhausted if the Government does not have specific strategies for energy conservation, according to experts.


A survey by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and HCM-ECC finds that Viet Nam has great potential to save energy.


The cement industry could save 50 per cent of energy consumed, the steel industry 20 percent, and the garment sector 30 percent, the ministry said.


Viet Nam, however, uses more energy than other nations to make the same product, according to the ministry.


In addition, Vietnamese companies’ energy costs are at least 1.5 times more than those in companies in Thailand, China and Malaysia.


Nguyen Van Thuong, deputy general director of the Rang Dong Plastic Company, said energy expense represented 2 per cent of the company’s product value.


Thuong said the company could save 30-40 per cent in energy costs by replacing outdated industrial equipment—

85 billion VND for building inland water area conservation parks

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm

The Prime Minister has approved a 85 billion VND plan to develop a system of inland water area conservation parks until 2020 with the aim of protecting and developing fishery resources and water ecosystems.

Accordingly, 45 inland water area conservation parks will be built in 63 provinces and cities nationwide.

The first phase (2008-2010), costing 15 billion VND, will focus on building and operating five conservation parks in the Red River Delta, the Mekong Delta and the Central Highlands.

The second phase, 2011-2015 will need 50 billion VND for the establishment of 25 more conservation parks, including a national-level one, while 15 others will be set up in the 2016-2020 period at an estimate cost of 20 billion VND.-