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Experts eye ways to protect national park

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

Experts eye ways to protect national park

QĐND – Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

Tourism promotion and environmental protection in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park were discussed on Nov. 30 in a seminar between Vietnamese and German representatives.

The seminar is part of a communication project funded by the German Development Cooperation to protect the park.

“Environment protection and tourism development cannot contradict each other. We support Vietnam through new communication initiatives that will be joined by the local community to protect the environment,” said Constanze Esenwein, a representative from the German Embassy.

The participants discussed their attempts to promote environmental protection in the community.

The project will focus on delivering brochures, organising exhibitions and screening documentaries to help the community learn about environmental protection.

Tourists will be responsible for protecting the diversity of fauna and flora in the park, said Constanze.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is located to the north of the Truong Son mountain range in the central province of Quang Binh, one of the world’s two largest limestone regions.

The over 200,000ha park includes beautiful formations, grottoes and caves, and boasts lush forests covering 95 percent of the land.

According to initial statistics, the tropical forest in the park houses 140 families, 427 branches, and 751 species of plants, of which 36 are endangered and listed in the Vietnam Red Book.

The forest is also home to 381 species of four-legged invertebrates. Sixty-six species are listed in the Viet Nam Red Book and 23 others in the World Red Book.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Over US$ 200,000 to protect Saola

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Greater effort urged to protect biodiversity

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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

Residents enlisted to help protect forests

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Residents enlisted to help protect forests

QĐND – Sunday, August 08, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue plans to raise the forest coverage rate from the current 56 per cent to 60 per cent by 2020.

The province will plant 4,000-4,500ha of forest each year, according to its plan for forest protection and development until 2020.

In past years, the authorities separated forested land into specific planting orientations. For instance, babul trees, coast oak, pine and other native trees were grown in productive-forest areas.

One hectare of forested land under babul tree cultivation yields a profit of VND13-VND33 million (US$700-1,700) in five to seven years. Such earnings have encouraged afforestation by farmers.

Thua Thien-Hue Province has also announced a four-year, VND34.2 billion (US$1.8 million) programme to allocate 240,854ha of forests to individuals and organizations for protection.

In Thuy Yen Thuong Hamlet, where 404.5ha have been handed to the care of residents, illegal logging has completely stopped and the guardians of the forest profit from collecting rattan and fallen branches for firewood.

Trees of a certain age are allowed to be harvested.

Without the programme, each forest ranger in the province has to protect 1,000ha of forest.

The province has regularly organised training courses for farmers, forestry staff and farm owners, and offered incentive policies for forestry officials who volunteer to work in remote areas.

The forestry sector has created 18,000 jobs each year in recent years, which has helped lower the poverty rate in the province.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Youths launch activities to protect wild animals

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Youths launch activities to protect wild animals

QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

Aware of endangered wildlife, several members of the Education for Nature Centre set up the Action for Wildlife Volunteers’ Club (AWVC).

The club aims at calling on people to join forces to protect wild animals and work with relevant agencies to prevent wild animal from being hunted and smuggled in Vietnam.

According to Nguyen Thanh Hung, head of the club, there are 600 member volunteers in the club, including mainly students and pupils who are interested in wild animal protection.

The members will watch companies with signs of wild animal smuggling, and report to relevant agencies if that is the case. In addition, they will also launch activities to raise awareness of the public on this issue.

 “If we don’t act early, the next generations will only see wildlife on films or posters” is the message of the club.

Source: Tuoi tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Trade Union to better protect workers’ rights

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:09 am

Trade Union to better protect workers’ rights

QĐND – Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) to better perform its role in improving employees’ living conditions and protecting their legitimate rights.

At a working session with the VGCL Presidium in Hanoi on June 2, Mr Dung noted that the VGCL has worked closely with the government and local administrations in recent times to finalise labour laws and implement policies for workers.

He said that despite numerous difficulties, including the global economic turmoil, natural disasters and epidemics, Vietnam has achieved a high economic growth rate, maintained the macro economic stability, reined in runaway inflation and ensured social welfare. He partly attributed the achievements to significant contributions made by Trade Union organisations and workers. 

He acknowledged Trade Union organisations’ efforts to liase with grassroots-level administrations and socio-political organisations in carrying out diverse activities to improve workers’ living conditions.

VGCL representatives proposed that the VGCL receive more funds to generate jobs for laid-off workers, and develop housing for workers at industrial parks and low-income earners in urban areas. They also asked the government to amend the list of careers and policies for employees working in hazardous areas to better protect employees’ interests.

In response, Mr Dung said he will ask relevant ministries and agencies to study and offer incentives on housing, including the creation of a land fund for businesses to build houses for workers. He also requested the designated agencies and the VGCL to develop a model under which the capital support fund will disburse loans to help poor workers train and generate jobs themselves.

The PM asked Trade Union organisations to deal properly with labour disputes and strikes and increase investment in vocational training.

“The quality of vocational training should be improved to keep pace with socio-economic development,” said Mr Dung.

VGCL President Dang Ngoc Tung said over the past years Trade Union organisations have played an important role in dealing with labour disputes and strikes, as well as helping stabilise labour relations and production at grassroots level. As a result, the number of labour disputes in 2009 fell significantly compared to 2008.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Art made from waste helps protect environment

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 9:23 am

From wastepaper, nylon and coconut fibers, artisans and students in Mekong Delta provinces make unique art and handicraft products, while aiding environmental protection efforts.

Lam Chieu Dong, an artist in Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, specializes in collages. Using color paper and magazine covers, he tears out and attaches selected portions systematically, to form beautiful and lively pictures.

Dong makes wastepaper harder and rougher, then cuts and pastes it into pictures.

He said it is complicated to make good collages, because it requires patience and the time to get good products.

His collages have won awards at the fine arts exhibition in the Mekong Delta region.

He also paints with lacquer on fake paper and makes sculptures using fake stone, fake wood and fake bronze.

He made an artificial bronze statue of the Bodhisattva of Mercy using sponges; it weighs less than 300 grams and has yet to deteriorate with the passage of years.

Quach Van Den, one of the 3R-Goods shop owners, displays his environmentally friendly products. (Photo:SGGP)

Three students at Can Tho University including Quach Van Den, Ly Van Loi and Tran Thanh Toan cooperated to open a 3R-Goods shop. 3R means Reduce garbage, reuse and recycle.

The shop collects old books, magazines and buys pictures, picture frames and artificial apricot blossoms made from nylon, eggshells and coconut fibers.

Customers have been surprised to find the products are made from recycled materials, such as apricot blossoms made from nylon, which have been a bestseller lately.

The theme of environmental protection presents itself throughout Lam Chieu Dong’s art products such as “Danh Ca” (fishing).

“Mua khong ca” (season without fish) portrays the anguish of fishermen and residents of the Mekong Delta region, whose fish have become extinct.

He said people unmindfully throw away wastepaper, but he encourages them to turn them into art.

The 3R-Goods shop’s purpose is to reduce the effects of climate change, said Quach Van Den.

Den said money collected from selling products in the shop will be used to spread the message and help students recognize necessity of environmental protection.

Source: SGGP

Frenzy to protect shores as oil slick expands

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm

VENICE, Louisiana (AFP) – Emergency crews rushed to protect fragile shorelines and islands as the Gulf of Mexico oil slick expanded, prompting a mobilization of more national guard troops and new alerts as far as the Florida Keys.

With oil still gushing Wednesday from the ruptured offshore well, volunteers and others descended on the region to help stave off a looming environmental crisis from the huge oil patch.

Rescuers rinse off a brown pelican captured on a barrier island off the fragile Louisiana coast. AFP photo

Pentagon officials authorized the use of additional National Guard troops to assist. As many as 6,000 in Louisiana can be mobilized, with 3,000 in Alabama, 2,500 in Florida and 6,000 in Mississippi.

The stepped up efforts came amid growing fears for the environment and wildlife.

A sea turtle was spotted swimming through a massive oil slick about 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Louisiana by officials from the National Wildlife Foundation. The group hired a boat from the port town of Venice and went out into the Gulf of Mexico through an outlet in the Mississippi River.

Nobody on board was trained in animal rescue and they were forced to leave the obviously distressed turtle in the slick and simply report the coordinates to a hotline.

“It was very upsetting,” said Karla Raettig of Coastal Louisiana Restoration at the Federation.

More than 600 animal species are threatened by the expanding oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, officials say.

Twelve shrimp trawlers and 10 official response boats frantically laid protective boom around some of the Chandeleur Islands — a group of uninhabited prime marsh and wildlife area — but initially failed to confirm any land impacts.

In Florida, authorities were preparing for the impact of the oil slick if loop currents bring the pollution to the state’s shores. Coast Guard officials said the mobilization was occurring as far as Key West.

“Although it is still too soon to predict if or how the Florida Keys may be impacted by the Deepwater Horizon spill, we are focused on preparing for whatever those impacts may be,” said Captain Pat DeQuattro, sector commander at Coast Guard Sector Key West.

Two weeks after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, the full impact of the disaster is being realized as a massive slick looms off the US Gulf coast, threatening to wipe out the livelihoods of shoreline communities.

If estimates are correct, some 2.5 million gallons of crude have streamed into the sea since the BP-leased platform spectacularly sank on April 22, still ablaze more than two days after the initial blast that killed 11 workers.

The riser pipe that had connected the rig to the wellhead now lies fractured on the seabed spewing out oil at a rate that could see the spill rival the 1989 Exxon Valdez environmental disaster in Alaska.

On the coastal areas of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, forecasters said suggested that the bulk of the slick won’t make landfall before the end of the week, officials said.

BP crews kept working beneath the sea to stop the well’s hemorrhage of an estimated 210,000 gallons a day. BP said work had begun on a relief well to intercept the leaking well about 13,000 feet below the seabed and permanently seal it. However, the process could take three months, the company said.

Two weeks after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, the full impact of the disaster is being realized as a massive slick looms off the US Gulf coast, threatening to wipe out the livelihoods of shoreline communities.

If estimates are correct, some 2.5 million gallons of crude have streamed into the sea since the BP-leased platform spectacularly sank on April 22, still ablaze more than two days after the initial blast that killed 11 workers.

The riser pipe that had connected the rig to the wellhead now lies fractured on the seabed spewing out oil at a rate that could see the spill rival the 1989 Exxon Valdez environmental disaster in Alaska.

AFP journalists on an overflight of the islands saw reddish brown streaks of oil surrounding some of the islands and said light sheen appeared to be lapping the shore in certain places.

The US government’s weather agency has been predicting for days that the sheen on the edge of the slick at least could hit the Mississippi River Delta, the Chandeleur Islands and nearby Breton Island.

BP is preparing to deploy a 98-ton containment “dome” to try to stem the tide of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and avert an environmental catastrophe.

The operation to place the giant structure over the largest of three oil leaks is unprecedented and, facing depths of almost a mile (1.6 kilometers), remote-controlled submarines will have to guide it into place, possibly by the weekend.

Source: SGGP