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Vinatex spends $25 mil to cope with increasing cotton cost

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 10:25 am

The fashion supermarket chain Vinatex announced it teamed up with local cloth suppliers to allocate VND500 billion (US$25 million) for stabilizing prices of textile products, which are hit hard by a 45 percent increase in imported cotton cost.

Vinatex provides loans for local suppliers in an attempt to help them keep prices unchanged. The fashion supermarket chain, known as Vietnam National Textile Garment Group, has also guaranteed stable supply with unchanged prices during the upcoming shopping season.




By M. Thi – Translated by Vu Minh

Source: SGGP

Central provinces ready to cope with severer flooding

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

The Central Committee of Floods and Storm Prevention and Control on Sunday afternoon sent an urgent dispatch to central provinces, asking them to be ready for more heavy flooding in their area.

Central residents suffer huge damage on human and properties caused by floods in recent months (Photo: SGGP)

The order came as the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that floodwaters in central provinces of Phu Yen to Khanh Hoa are continuing to rise.

On tomorrow morning, flood levels on some rivers in these areas would peak alarming levels 2 and 3, the center forecasted.

According to the committee’s dispatch, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, and Ninh Thuan provinces and the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak should prepare to evacuate residents in low-lying, riverside and coastal areas.

Hydropower plants and irrigation reservoirs should only release water in urgent case in order not to cause flooding for the lowlands.

Police officials should monitor flooded areas, especially near wharfs and underground roads to guide people to travel safely.

Local authorities have also been instructed to regularly report the committee and the National Committee for Research and Rescue about the flood condition.

In related news, on Sunday morning, Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper coordinated with Phu Yen Newspaper to give 500 presents worth VND300,000 each to flood-hit residents in Da Loc and Xuan Lanh communes, Dong Xuan District, Phu Yen Province.

In recent floods, the two communes had two people dead and five homes collapsed and 70 hectares of crops inundated, leaving a total damage of VND5 billion (US$250,000).

Source: SGGP

Netherlands to help Mekong Delta cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 6:23 am

Long-term strategy to cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm

MARD Minister calls on localities to actively cope with Storm Megi

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

MARD Minister calls on localities to actively cope with Storm Megi

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Localities should co-ordinate with police and soldiers to evacuate people to safe areas, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat on October 18.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood Prevention and Control held an urgent meeting on October 18 to assist in overcoming consequences of Storm Megi and asked localities to actively cope with the storm.

At the meeting, MARD Minister Phat, also head of the Steering Committee for the Flood Prevention and Control asked localities to prepare rescue forces for Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces. MARD also asked the Farming Department to assess damages caused by the storm and prepare breeds and fertilizers to help farmers restore production activities.

Minister Phat also urged these forces to continue to evacuate people in Ha Tinh and Nghe An to safe areas and provide them with water and food, and especially to provide medicines to help Ha Tinh residents deal with seriously polluted water resources.

It is forecast that the water level in Nghe An rivers continued to rise. Until 10am on October 18, floods left 10 dead and more than 100 households were evacuated to safe places. An estimated 15,166 houses were collapsed while more than 25,000 hectares of rice and industrial crops were submerged. Nine communes in the province were totally isolated.

On the occasion, Canon Vietnam presented gifts worth more than VND300 million to  households in Huong Tra and Phu Phong communes, Huong Khe district in Ha Tinh province.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Rockefeller helps Vietnamese cities cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

Rockefeller helps Vietnamese cities cope with climate change

QĐND – Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and the Rockefeller Foundation on June 29 jointly held a seminar entitled “Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network” (ACCCRN).

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the ACCRN project has been implemented in 10 cities in Vietnam, India, Indonesia, and Thailand since 2008 in order to improve these cities capacity to cope with and recover from the predicted impacts of climate change.

In Vietnam, the project has helped the cities of Danang, Quy Nhon, and Can Tho to build their resilience in coping with the situation.

The selected cities have evaluated the impact of climate change on key economic sectors and vulnerable populations to build a plan in the 2011-2013 period to address the issue.

During the seminar, representatives of the three cities shared their experiences and discussed challenges and advantages in their implementation of the project. They all agreed that the capacity of most functional agencies is still weak and proposed more training for local staff and people.

Speaking at the seminar, Thai van Quang, from Da Nang said there should be close cooperation between agencies and people to successfully deal with the problem.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Delta needs shield of mangroves to cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Using mangrove forests as a hedge against rising sea levels, floods and salinization is one of many key strategies needed to help the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s granary, deal with climate change.

Consolidating dykes in the Mekong Delta town of Go Cong, Tien Giang Province (Photo: SGGP)

The measure was proposed by an expert at a seminar on measures to cope with climate change in the Mekong Delta held in Kien Giang Province June 24
At the seminar, local and foreign scientists and researchers provided a comprehensive assessment of the environmental situation in the region and proposed some specific ways to prevent and alleviate natural disasters and adapt to climate change.
Every year, an area of nearly two million hectares in northern Mekong Delta is inundated, 1.4 million hectares of coastal land is covered by salt, 1.2 million hectares of depression areas are heavily contaminated with alum, and 2.1 million heaters of remote areas lack freshwater, they said. 
If climate change pushes the sea to rise one meter, nearly 40 percent of the Mekong Delta will be submerged and 70 percent of the region will be salinized, destroying two million hectares of land used for growing rice.
The provinces of Ben Tre, Long An, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang and Vinh Long will flood, losing 40-50 percent of their areas each on average.
Dr. Le Anh Tuan from the Institute of Climate Change Research at Can Tho University, said people in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have begun adapting to climate change by adjusting their farming schedules, choosing sapling varieties that can stand bad weather, growing plants around houses, recycling rubbish and wastewater, saving water, and changing the architecture of their homes. 
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Jean Henry Laboyrie, project director at Dutch consulting company Royal Haskoning, said rising sea levels and changes of river flows called for more visionary plans.
He said protecting and maintaining coastal salt water-covered mangrove forests was the best way to prevent water from flowing too far inland in the Mekong Delta.
Protecting and/or planting mangrove forests has long been considered an effective and all-natural way to reduce the threats of climate change.
Dr. Geoffrey Blate, Climate Change Coordinator of the World Wildlife Fund’s Greater Mekong Program, said the region’s biodiversity, which helps increase the capacity to fight the impacts of climate change and reduce the risks from volatile weather, needs to be protected.
Koos Neefjes, Policy Advisor on Climate Change of the United Nations Development Program, said international organizations could provide Vietnam with US$500 million-2 billion annually to deal with climate change.
Therefore, he said, there must be a concrete strategy to cope with the problem
On the same day, a ceremony was held in Kien Giang province to inaugurate a new world biosphere reserve zone and receive its UNESCO certificate. 

The Kien Giang World Biosphere Reserve was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on October 27, 2006. 

The biosphere covers more than one thousand ha of sea, islands and land, including the national parks of U Minh Thuong and Phu Quoc, as well as the Kien Luong-Ha Tien protected forest and other mangrove forests. 

The area is home to various ecosystems with 1,480 species of flora and 860 species of fauna, and 38 historical-cultural sites. 

The Mekong Delta is known as Vietnam’s largest granary and seafood depot with its rice and seafood output accounting for 53 percent and 60 percent of the country’s respective totals.
Global warming has been proven worldwide to have negative impacts on biodiversity, especially in the Mekong Delta.

The region is a hub of biodiversity in the Asia Pacific region, known for its large number of endangered species in recent years and 1,000 new species discovered during the last decade.

Source: SGGP

Seminar seeks measures to cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 at 6:36 am

One of the most important tasks for Vietnam to carry out in the midst of global climate change is to protect the Mekong Delta against flooding and seawater intrusion in order to protect residents and their land.

Up to 38 percent of land in the Mekong Delta could be inundated if seawater rises one meter, experts have said (Photo: VNA)

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Pham Khoi Nguyen made the statement on March 29 in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho at a seminar on coping with climate change and seawater penetration.

The conference was organized by the ministry and Dutch Embassy.

According to experts, 19-38 percent of the delta area will be submerged if seawater rises one meter.

Minister Nguyen said that his ministry has coordinated with six coastal provinces in the delta to tackle climate change.

At the seminar, delegates said Vietnam should learn from Holland and implement Dutch technology to prevent floods and seawater penetration.

It is necessary to build a system of reservoirs to contain flood and rain water, research tree varieties that can live with drought and salt penetration, and design observation and short-term forecast stations to strengthen coping efforts, delegates added.

Source: SGGP

Provinces ready to cope with storm Parma

In Social life on October 14, 2009 at 4:28 am

Provinces ready to cope with storm Parma

QĐND – Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 21:4 (GMT+7)

Coastal provinces stretching from Quang Ninh to Thua Thien-Hue are bracing themselves for the tenth storm of this year.  

The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control on October 13 held a meeting to direct provinces and cities to implement measures to cope with storm Parma. The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said that the storm would make landfall in the provinces from Thanh Hoa to Nghe An with packing winds of 8-10 categories.

*** The storm was located 70km off the coastline from Quang Ninh to Ha Tinh. The strongest wind in the eye of the storm was around 62-74km per hour. The coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Nghe An would face rising sea levels with tidal waves surging 3-4m and there would be heavy rains from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh.

***Nghe An and Ha Tinh are putting local forces on alert to evacuate people in case of emergencies when they are hit by the storm.

By October 13, the northeastern province of Quang Ninh had called ships back to the shore and informed the path of the storm to help offshore vessels to find shelter. Pham Dinh Hoa, chief of the provincial steering board for storm prevention, affirmed that vessels in Ha Long Bay had been ordered to stay input.

*** By October 12 Hai Phong province had guided 3,894 vessels and nearly 10,000 fishermen operating offshore to find safe shelter. The municipal steering board for storm prevention and control sent an urgent telegram to all districts and departments, asking them to keep local people fully informed about the storm’s development.

Source: VOV

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Vietnam calls for support to cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam ’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat called for international support in dealing with the effects of climate change at a meeting to mark World Food Day held in Hanoi on Oct. 16.

Though being able to ensure food security and exporting 4 million tonnes of rice a year, Vietnam is facing huge challenges as a result of climate change, with the coastal region one of its most vulnerable, Minister Phat said.

Although it occupies only 12 percent of Vietnam’s land mass, 23 percent of the country’s population reside in the coastal region, which has a high risk of flooding if the sea water level rises by an additional meter.

Disruption to food security is a major concern for Vietnam, a country with nearly 70 percent of its population living in rural areas where agriculture is their main source of income, the minister said.

Another challenge Vietnam is facing is the rapid development of the urbanisation and industrialisation process, which entails the use of thousands of hectares of agricultural land, he added.

In this context, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is sparing no efforts to roll out its action plan to mitigate the impacts of climate change, which includes long-term plans to ensure the safety of food supplies.
According to Representative for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Vietnam Andrew Speedy, Vietnam , like many other countries in the world, is facing economic, food and energy crises.

The production of bio-energy, such as ethanol from corn and other cereals is partly responsible for the increased demand for these crops and for the consequent increase in food prices. As a result, he urged Vietnam not to implement the production of fuel from renewable biological resources as the country is facing food security issues amid the effects of climate change.

This year’s World Food Day is themed “Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.” To mark the occasion, Vietnam and FAO reviewed the fruits of their cooperation over the last 30 years and discussed plans and strategies for future cooperation.-