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Government to combat environmental pollution in craft villages

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

Government to combat environmental pollution in craft villages

QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:44 (GMT+7)

PANO – Deputy Prime, Minister Hoang Trung Hai, recently assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in coordination with other central agencies and localities, to draw up a comprehensive scheme on the treatment of environmental pollution at nationwide craft villages.

The Deputy Prime Minister also asked the Ministry to complete circulars on environmental technical standards in order to issue them in the third quarter of 2011.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, there are some 1,500 craft villages nationwide, of which 800 villages are located in the Red River Delta.

Meanwhile, results from recent surveys conducted by the Centre of Water Resources and Environment show that the environment of food processing, industrial and handicraft villages is alarming.  

Both officials and experts agreed that it was high time to immediately take serious measures against environmental pollution in craft villages in order to ensure sustainable development for the sector in the future.

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

One more environmental prize to be granted communities

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on December 29 said that it will organize ‘Vietnam Environmental Protection Awards’ every two years, with three different kinds of awards for individuals, organizations and communities.

The Ministry held a closing ceremony, awarding environmental prizes in the period 2001-2010, and launched the Vietnam Environmental Awards for 2011 as well.

Over past ten years, 158 organizations and individuals have received environmental awards in five sectors, which include – education and training and environment communication; the reduction of environmental pollution, environmental restoration and improvement; application of information technology in environmental protection; state management on environmental protection; and finally, natural resources protection and conservation.

The number of individuals and organization registered for environmental protection awards is increasing every year.

From 2011, the sectors that will be chosen for awards will include – education and training and environment communication; application of information technology in environmental protection; reduction of environmental pollution, environmental restoration and improvement; preservation of diversified biology; and finally, coping with climate change and state management on environmental protection.

Source: SGGP

Denmark further supports Mekong countries’ environmental protection

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

Denmark, the Mekong River Commission’s largest donor, has committed a grant of 10 million Danish Kroner (about US$1.9 million) to the MRC Environment Program to support Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

MRC is an inter-governmental body responsible for cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose countries members are the four nations.

“This grant symbolizes Denmark’s commitment to the sustainable development and protection of the environment and people’s livelihoods in the Lower Mekong Basin,” Mr. Jeremy Bird, CEO of the MRC Secretariat, said in a Dec. 14 statement.

“Denmark’s support will contribute directly towards improved basin management and will ensure that up‐to‐date information on environmental and social knowledge is produced and disseminated throughout the member countries,” he added.

The funding will go towards assisting the four nations achieve greater environmental protection through improved basin management, MRC said.

This file photo shows villagers catch fish from the Mekong River in the Siphan Don area, Champassak Province, southern Laos. The Mekong River Basin houses around 60 million people and a majority of the inhabitants are farmers and fishers. (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The grant will further develop the body’s knowledge base, which enhances regional understanding of environmental health and climate change risks in the Lower Mekong Basin.

“Most importantly, Denmark’s support leads to the Environment Program’s continual trans-boundary capacity building and awareness raising activities,” Mr
Bird added.

“These activities stress the importance of the Mekong’s environment and how it provides ecological services which sustain Mekong people’s livelihoods.”

As the MRC’s largest donor, Denmark has continuously supported the body’s Environment Program since 2004.

The MRC says the Scandinavian country will support the program’s work over the next five years, in the implementation of the mechanisms, tools and water quality procedures as well as assist Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in strengthening their proactive response to emerging environmental issues and climate risks.

Mr. Vithet Srinetr, MRC’s Environment Program coordinator, said in the Tuesday statement, “We anticipate that Denmark’s continued support will also contribute to improved capacity and ownership of the member countries in implementing environmental monitoring and reporting activities over the next five years.”

The environment program aims to assist the four countries in protecting the environment and maintaining the ecological balance of the Mekong Basin.

The lower part of the Mekong River Basin is home to approximately 60 million people and a majority of the inhabitants are farmers and fishers, depending directly on the natural resource base. The MRC says this is why the Environment Program is developing a river health management strategy to provide a framework for managing the Mekong River and a Mekong Environmental Report Card to inform the people of the basin about current environmental conditions.

Source: SGGP

Miss Earth 2010 contestants raise awareness on environmental protection

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

Miss Earth 2010 contestants joined in environmental protection activities in the ancient town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam on November 22.

Miss Earth 2010 contestants join a bike parade in Hoi An Ancient Town on Nov 22, 2010 (Photo: Vnexpress)

The activities included the “Earth Hour and Hoi An ancient town” program; a bicycle parade; and an exchange featuring music performances, traditional festivals, folk games and more between beauties and local residents and visitors at the An Hoi statue garden.

The beauty queens also gave gifts and medicines to disadvantaged children in Quang Nam Orphan Education Center and the Hoi An Red Cross.

Mr, Nguyen Cong Khe, chairman of the Thanh Nien Media Corporation donated VND500 million (US$25,000) to a fund for poor people in Quang Nam.


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Source: SGGP

Miss Earth candidates take part in environmental protection

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Hydropower and water supply to pay environmental fees

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Hydropower and water supply to pay environmental fees

QĐND – Saturday, October 23, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Environmental fees will be imposed on businesses, especially hydropower and water supply, that use and greatly benefit from natural resources.

The newly issued Decree No99 defines that from January 1st, 2011, hydropower and water supply producers have to pay fees for their use of natural resources.

Accordingly, hydropower plants have to pay VND 20 for each 1 kWh of commercial electricity, and water suppliers have to pay VND 40 for the production of every cubic meter of commercial water.

The proceeds will then be given to tree planters to replenish forests and to agricultural, forestry, and natural resources management bodies to take measures against soil erosion, dredge sediment deposits in lakes, streams and river beds, as well as maintain water sources.

According to experts, the policy could improve the environment and promote organisations’ and individuals’ environmental protection and awareness of economization of natural resources.  

Source: DDDN, photo: Vnexpress

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

600 students in Hue launch environmental protection campaigns

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:52 am

600 students in Hue launch environmental protection campaigns

QĐND – Monday, October 11, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

PANO – Students from high schools and universities in Hue City on October 10th launched an environmental protection programme, an event toward the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long–Ha Noi.

Alongside Vietnamese people in localities across the country celebrating the Great Anniversary, more than 600 students in the ancient capital city started the 2 campaigns: “Go Green” and “Fasting for the environment”, which were seen as practical activities to observe the 1,000th birthday of Thang Long–Hanoi and to echo the “Global Action Against Climate Change” Day.

While the “Go Green” campaign is aimed at mobilising people to take practical action to reduce pollution and preserve the environment, “Fasting for environment” is to encourage people to reduce their consumption, especially animal meat, in their daily meals, which, according to them, should be everybody’s necessary and wise choice to demonstrate positive behaviour towards the environment.

Translated by Thu Nguyen 

Source: QDND

Environmental ministry agrees to help farmers sue Vedan

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 11:19 am

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment August 4 agreed to a proposal which would advance farmers in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province VND2.6 billion (US$130,000) to cover legal fees involved with suing the Taiwanese MSG company Vedan.

Taiwanese MSG company Vedan

The money will come from the Vietnam Environment Protection Fund, said a representative from the ministry.

According to Tran Van Cuong, deputy chairman of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Tan Thanh District People’s Court has received 700 of 1,255 petitions of affected farmers requesting Vedan pay for damages.

Lawsuit applications against Vedan are expected to be filed with the district People’s Court on August 12, Cuong said.

On the same day, lawyer Nguyen Duc, Chairman of Dong Nai Province Lawyer Association said lawyers, acting on behalf of farmers, filed 30 petitions to bring Vedan to court.

To date, lawyers in Dong Nai Province have instructed 2,500 households to complete legal procedures necessary to sue Vedan.

Source: SGGP

Environmental inspectors begin work on Hanoi’s golf courses

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 11:19 am

Dong Mo Golf Course. (Photo: Hanoi Moi)

Inspectors from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment started their examinations of several golf course projects in Hanoi on August 4.

They will check and adjust the environmental, land, and water resource protection of the firms, which manage 19 golf courses in Hanoi.

The ministry will also inspect golf course projects in Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Ninh Binh, and Hoa Binh provinces.

Source: SGGP

Tertiary education highlighted in environmental protection

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Tertiary education highlighted in environmental protection

QĐND – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

Universities must take the lead in environmental protection, said an international workshop in the Mekong delta province of An Giang on July 23.

At the workshop on the awareness of environmental protection demand and the role of tertiary education, representatives from universities of Japan, the US, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, New Zealand and Cambodia joined institutes and universities from 14 provinces of Vietnam. They emphasised the responsibility of the community in environmental protection and expressed concern over poor awareness of environmental issues in developing nations.

Prof. Dr. Kensuke Fukushi from Japan’s Tokyo University said that sustainable environmental protection must be based on sustainable science with education being the most important activity.

The Ben Tre university introduced its experiences in building an environment website using folk songs to educate about environmental protection and how to cope with climate change.

Prof. A. Prem Ananth from Thailand spoke of the model of solid waste management with 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycling) technology which has been effectively used by the Philippines and Malaysia in collecting and recycling and by India in classifying solid wastes.

To reduce environmental pollution and effectively cope with climate change, the participants put forward solutions to promote communication in the community, mobilise the participation of both the political system and the community and expand various forms of education through various entertainment activities.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND