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NA to impose environment tax on plastic bags

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

The Vietnamese National Assembly Thursday discussed the bill on environment tax that intends to impose a levy on plastic bags and several more products.

Environment activists have launched some campaigns to call on people not to use plastic bags.

The bill adds more products to the list of term affected by the tax, including petrol, coal, HCFC, plastic bags, herbicide, insecticide, bactericide… In the future the NA’s Law Committee will add more terms to the list of products affected by the law if needed.


The bill will impose VND50,000 tax (US$2,5 ) on one kg of plastic bags while NA members asked to increase higher tax on plastic bags because the use of the product needs to be put on alert, causing seriously environment pollution.


Some NA members raised concern over tax upon petrol as inflation in the country has sharply increased. They said that tax upon petrol would impact on prices of essential goods, leading to CPI increase.


Relating to tax calculating measures, the bill says that tax payment depends on quantity of tax-affected products.


In the current law, products have to be under the influence of environment fees and the fees are not enough to recover environment. As a result, environment is critically polluted by productive activities.


The law will not aim to increase the national budget but target businesses’ responsibility to environment, said Chief of NA Financial Committee Phung Quoc Hien.


                                                                            



 

Source: SGGP

HCM City needs more programs to protect environment

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Issues of environmental protection have moved from being the private affair of experts and specialized agencies to being a burning concern for any concerned citizen, particularly in developing countries as in Vietnam. These issues are creasing numerous environmental concerns which have been out of control.

A young volunteer is clearing a lamp post on Pham Ngoc Thach Street in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo:SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City leads socio-economic development in the country. However, the city currently is one the most polluted cities in the world.
 
Especially, pollution in Saigon River, the main water source for the city and 12 provinces in southern, has become more and more complicated, said Professor Lam Minh Triet from Vietnam National University – HCM City’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment.


Faced with the situation, the city People’s Committee has recently held two meetings to bring out measures to protect Saigon River.


With an aim to protect the environment, the city implemented some measures as strengthening to inspect and punish enterprises that damaged the environment.


Although most industrial zones and factories are built and operated waste and wastewater treatment systems discharged into the rivers, many are still discharging untreated wastewater and smoke.


Phap Luat newspaper reported that the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Pham Khoi Nguyen, said that many of the parks, especially in the south eastern region, which had had wastewater treatment systems were not operating them properly.


In addition, to restore the city’s environment, doing well environmental protection is not enough. Most citizens need to be more aware of the need to protect the environment.


Experts called for improving awareness of environmental protection through higher education and contributed various ways to bring idea into action.


The city also launched several campaigns to promote healthy lifestyle and pure environment.


Two activities targeted by the campaign – the burning and throwing of votive papers, as well as the selling of food outside school gates – had been reduced, Pro. Triet said.


The task of garbage collection in the night had been done well, making the city cleaner, he said.


Therefore, to maintain and suitable development, it is essential to promote the dissemination of information on environmental protection and encourage the participation of all citizens in this work.


Protecting the environment is an urgent task that plays a decisive role in ensuring sustainable development and political security and stability for the nation, he said.


 

Source: SGGP

Young people join a national cycling campaign to protect environment

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm




Young people join a national cycling campaign to protect environment


QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

More than 30 volunteers have taken part in a trans-Vietnam bike tour to protect the environment with the theme” Heritage Preservation in the Climate-Change Period”.


The activity, part of programs to celebrate the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long–Hanoi, aims to raise public awareness on preservation and protection of cultural and natural heritages and to demonstrate a more environmentally-friendly life style.


The volunteers start from Ho Chi Minh City to ride through 15 provinces and cities on a route of nearly 2,000 km, and reaching the final destination, Hanoi, on September 10th.


During the tour, they will take part in surveying and studying biological diversity at the Nui Chua National Park in Ninh Thuan Province, the Bach Ma National Forest in Thua Thien–Hue Province and the Cuc Phuong National Forest in Ninh Binh Province. They will also survey heritage preservation in Hoi An Town in Quang Nam Province, and the Imperial City of Hue.


These volunteers will launch a program ‘riding bicycles for the environment’ in Nha Trang, Quy Nhon and Dong Hoi cities, and exchange with young people who are of the same interest in Hanoi.


Source: Ha Noi Moi


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Dam-building threatens Mekong environment

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm




Dam-building threatens Mekong environment


QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Economic development on the Mekong River is short-sighted and unsustainable, environmentalists heard at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3.


The meeting, entitled Mekong: Energy – Environment – Livelihood Security, was co-organised by PanNature, a Hanoi-based non-profit organisation; the Vietnam Rivers Network, comprising civil society groups, academics and community-based organisations; and the Henry L Stimson Centre, an independent, non-profit, public policy institute.


Delegates heard that the biggest threat to the future of the river, its fauna and flora, is the need to dam the Mekong for hydro-power. The Mekong Delta in Vietnam is particularly vulnerable, participants heard.


The 4,800km Mekong flows through six countries – China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The Lower Mekong Basin in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam is home to more than 60 million residents from more than 100 different ethnic groups.


Most of them are poor farmers and fishermen, whose livelihoods are dependent on the river.


epresentatives from PanNature said the Mekong is home to a diverse array of fish fauna, worth billions of dollars, that provide food security for poor communities in the river’s 795,000sq.km basin.


Participants heard that economic development and poverty alleviation are threatening the livelihoods of those who make a living from the river.


Participants watched a 15-minute video-clip entitled Mekong – The Tipping Point, that highlighted the dangers of damming the river for hydro-power projects.


Timothy Hamlin, from the Henry L Stimson Centre, said that development in Vietnam need not threaten human security and regional stability.


About 50 participants from key government agencies, Vietnamese NGOs and research institutions attended the meeting.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Environment protection trumps FDI in Binh Duong

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm




Environment protection trumps FDI in Binh Duong


QĐND – Monday, July 19, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has changed its mind in how its leaders view foreign direct investment (FDI) in recent years. The country now refuses to grant licenses to investment projects that cause environment pollution or projects that use outdated technologies.


Binh Duong has always led other provinces and cities in terms of attracting FDI. Recently, however, Dau tu newspaper quoted Le Viet Dung, Deputy Director of the Binh Duong province Planning and Investment Department, as saying that the volume of capital in investment projects nowadays is not a priority.


These days, Dung maintained that all investors must show that their investment projects are safe for the environment in obtain an operations license.


Binh Duong authorities have denied approval for investment licenses to projects outside industrial zones. The province has also revoked licenses of tanning enterprises in residential areas, urging them to relocate into industrial zones.


Most recently, the Binh Duong Party provincial committee released a decision to reject licenses for industrial projects in Thuan An district. The land fund remaining will be given to projects on service development.


The Binh Duong 2020 development goal is to increase the proportion of services in the area economy to 51%. The plan has been applauded by investors. Low Sing Leng, General Director of Vietnam-Singapore Joint Venture (SembCorp), remarked that, besides Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP), SembCorp plans to expand investment in new urban area projects in Binh Duong.


Binh Duong is also willing to welcome investment in supporting industries.


With these goals in mind, Binh Duong created a ‘modest’ target in attracting FDI at the start of 2010, set at one billion dollars in registered capital for the year. To date, the province has attracted $561 million in FDI, with average capital per investment project at $5.3 million.


Similarly, Thai Van Re, Director of HCM City Planning and Investment Department, also revealed that, in the last two years, the fields of mechanical engineering and electronics have always led in numbers of investment projects. In the first half of 2010, HCM City licensed 166 new projects, of which projects in these fields accounted for over 50 percent.


Regarding the ‘golden land areas’, which may attract up to eight billion dollars in FDI for 2010, Re remarked that this was not a main priority now.


The city now is focusing on increasing disbursement rates of present FDI projects. Though the rate for the first half of 2010 increased by 14.7 percent over the same period of 2009 (5787 billion dong), the figure was still far below expectations. The city had aimed for the disbursement of 17 trillion dong in 2010.


As a result, HCM City authorities have been trying to simplify procedures to speed up disbursement rates. They are also tackling registered projects that remain inactive,, especially in the real estate sector.


Statistics demonstrate that real estate projects account for 60 percent of the total registered FDI capital in HCM City, but disbursement rates are very low. For example, among 17 projects with revoked investment licenses in 2008, there were 11 capitalized at $3.7 billion. Most recently, city authorities have also revoked licenses on 40 other real estate projects.


Nguyen Viet Se, Director of the Southern Office of the Socio-Economic Information and Forecasting Centre, believes that now is the time to alter the purposes of FDI.


He noted that places with big economies like HCM City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau should focus on processing industries rather than running after capital from real estate projects.


Se has also come out against steel and cement projects, because this is a production field that consumes too much power and also natural resources.


Source: Dau tu/VNN


Source: QDND

Vietnam International Fashion Fair 2010 focuses on green environment

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

The annual Vietnam International Fashion Fair 2010 (VIFF 2010) promoting local garment and textile companies to domestic and foreign partners will take place at the Ho Chi Minh City International Exhibition and Convention Center from July 3 to 9.

Vietnam International Fashion Fair 2010 will take place at HCMC Interntional Exhibition and Convention Center from July 3 to 9. 

The cotton tree, which has been regarded as a main material in clothing production for hundreds of years, has been chosen as the subject for the 8th annual event’s theme of “Green environment.”


The week-long fair also aims to present images of the organizers, which include the Vietnam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), the Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) and the Leather and Footwear Association (Lefaso).

The fair is a chance for local garment and textile firms to advertise the quality of their trademarks to local consumers and foreign partners. It also highlights the export potential of Vietnam’s garment and textile industry to world leaders in the garment and textile trade.

150 companies with 350 booths including leading garment makers like Viet Tien, Viet Thang, Phuong Dong, Phong Phu and Nha Be will join the event and will exhibit their high-quality products at nightly fashion shows.


There will be seminars on topics such as 2011 fashion trends, building fashion brands, developing distribution systems in Vietnam and growing cotton.

Source: SGGP

Protecting the environment and biodiversity

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm




Protecting the environment and biodiversity


QĐND – Sunday, June 06, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

A grand meeting was held in Quang Binh province to mark World Environment Day (June 5) in the presence of State President Nguyen Minh Triet, Party officials, provincial leaders, and representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Fatherland Front Central Committee.


Various activities have taken place in response to World Ocean Day (June 8), Vietnam Sea and Island Week (June 1-8) and the International Year for Biodiversity.


Since 1972, the United Nations General Assembly has observed June 5 as World Environment Day, with the aim of raising global awareness of the importance of the environment and encouraging people to protect it.


Annually, World Environment Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. Vietnam has a 3,260-km coastal line with a total area of more than one million square metres, over 3,000 islands and 100 seaports. The country possesses diverse ecological systems, and is home to a large number of wild and endemic species of fauna and flora many of which can be found nowhere else in the world. In particular, Vietnam is endowed with a wonderful national park namely Phong Nha-Ke Bang, which has been recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Pham Khoi Nguyen, emphasised that the 2010 World Environment Day is themed “Many Species. One Planet. One Future”, the International Year for Biodiversity is themed “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life”, and World Ocean Day is themed “Oceans of Life”. This is a good opportunity for us to show our determination to protect the environment, islands and sea, conserve biodiversity and cope with climate change for our planet’s sustainable development, he said.


Therefore, it is essential to promote the dissemination of information on environmental protection and encourage the participation of all citizens in this work. Protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity and the ocean is an urgent task that plays a decisive role in ensuring sustainable development and political security and stability for the nation, Minister Nguyen noted.


Regarding the negative impact of climate change on global warming and rising sea levels, the Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Huynh Dam, stressed that due attention should be paid to combating climate change and increasing the effectiveness of island and sea management to help Vietnam become a powerful sea-born economy.


Vietnam has cooperated with other countries in protecting the environment and ocean, as well as coping with climate change for human development.


After the grand meeting in Quang Binh, President Triet and other delegates planted trees on major roads in Dong Hoi city.


More than 500 youth union members also took part in sanitation work along Nhat Le beach.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

A campaign for the environment launched

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm




A campaign for the environment launched


QĐND – Sunday, June 06, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

A seminar to launch campaign for the environment was held in Hanoi on June 6, aims to connect and assist Vietnamese young people to build activities to fight against climate change.


The event is organised by the General Department of Environment, British Council and the Mekong River Commission.


Attending the seminar were activists and environmental experts from the General Department of Environment, the National University, non-governmental organisations and representatives of clubs, volunteer programmes and other young people from universities in Hanoi.


Participants discussed biodiversity, and viewed environmental films and scientific documentaries.     


The campaign for Vietnamese young people aims to create more opportunities to share knowledge about the International Year for Biodiversity. In particular, the event will push action plans for protecting the environment, also in the lead-up to the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.


The campaign will last through December 12.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Environment taxes may hurt poor people the most: lawmakers

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm




Environment taxes may hurt poor people the most: lawmakers


QĐND – Sunday, June 06, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Many Vietnamese legislators said Saturday they were concerned that new taxes proposed for several products, including fuel and coal, will place more burdens on poor people.


The taxes would fall more heavily on the poor while they should be aimed at producers who pollute the environment, said Nguyen Lan Dung, a deputy from Dak Lak Province.


He was speaking at a National Assembly meeting held to discuss the Environmental Tax Law, under which the government plans to impose taxes on petrol, coal and other ozone-damaging substances, like hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), pesticides and plastic bags.


“I feel the bill is targeting farmers and poor people,” said Duong Thi Thu Ha of Lao Cai Province. “Fuel is an essential product in poor areas that don’t have electricity and farmers can’t farm without pesticides,” she said.


Danh Ut, a representative of the southern province of Kien Giang, said environment tax rates of VND2,000-4,000 per liter on petrol products, when combined with other taxes and fees, will have a huge impact on consumers.


Although people who harm the environment have to pay taxes,  the rates should be reasonable and must not hurt consumers, said Tran Hanh from the northern province of Vinh Phuc.


The taxes should not disrupt production activities as well, Hanh said. The bill has to make sure producers won’t think that they are allowed to pollute the environment as long as they have paid the taxes.


During Saturday’s meeting many lawmakers also suggested tobacco be included in the list of taxable items under the bill.


Le Dung, a deputy of Tien Giang Province, said despite a special consumption tax rate of 65 percent, tobacco prices in Vietnam are still at the lowest level in the world.


Tobacco is harmful to the environment and public health and thus should be subject to high tax rates, he said.


The Environmental Tax Law is expected to be passed next year.


Source: Thanh Nien


 


Source: QDND

Protecting the environment and biodiversity

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm




Protecting the environment and biodiversity


QĐND – Saturday, June 05, 2010, 21:13 (GMT+7)

A grand meeting was held in Quang Binh province to mark World Environment Day (June 5) in the presence of State President Nguyen Minh Triet, Party officials, provincial leaders, and representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Fatherland Front Central Committee.


Various activities have taken place in response to World Ocean Day (June 8), Vietnam Sea and Island Week (June 1-8) and the International Year for Biodiversity.


Since 1972, the United Nations General Assembly has observed June 5 as World Environment Day, with the aim of raising global awareness of the importance of the environment and encouraging people to protect it.


Annually, World Environment Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. Vietnam has a 3,260-km coastal line with a total area of more than one million square metres, over 3,000 islands and 100 seaports. The country possesses diverse ecological systems, and is home to a large number of wild and endemic species of fauna and flora many of which can be found nowhere else in the world. In particular, Vietnam is endowed with a wonderful national park namely Phong Nha-Ke Bang, which has been recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Pham Khoi Nguyen, emphasised that the 2010 World Environment Day is themed “Many Species. One Planet. One Future”, the International Year for Biodiversity is themed “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life”, and World Ocean Day is themed “Oceans of Life”. This is a good opportunity for us to show our determination to protect the environment, islands and sea, conserve biodiversity and cope with climate change for our planet’s sustainable development, he said.


Therefore, it is essential to promote the dissemination of information on environmental protection and encourage the participation of all citizens in this work. Protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity and the ocean is an urgent task that plays a decisive role in ensuring sustainable development and political security and stability for the nation, Minister Nguyen noted.


Regarding the negative impact of climate change on global warming and rising sea levels, the Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Huynh Dam, stressed that due attention should be paid to combating climate change and increasing the effectiveness of island and sea management to help Vietnam become a powerful sea-born economy.


Vietnam has cooperated with other countries in protecting the environment and ocean, as well as coping with climate change for human development.


After the grand meeting in Quang Binh, President Triet and other delegates planted trees on major roads in Dong Hoi city.


More than 500 youth union members also took part in sanitation work along Nhat Le beach.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND