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WWF, Vietnam to increase protection of Saola

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced on November 22 a financial aid package of US$213,773 for the central province of Thua Thien – Hue in order to protect the enigmatic Saola’s reserve.

The German government also plans to give US$2.1 million for the protection project for the Saola or Vu Quang ox (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis).

Pairs of Saola’s horns found in a residents house ( Photo: SGGP)

One of the goals of the project is to eliminate the use of traps and banned hunting dogs from protected areas.

Saola is a forest-dwelling bovine found only in the Annamite ranges of Vietnam and Laos. The species was first discovered in Vietnam in 1996 at a village in Ho, in the Thua Thien-Hue’s district of Huong Thuy.

Le Ngoc Tuan, director of the reserve in Thua Thien – Hue province, said his organization has carried out a survey from November 2006 to February 1997 in five districts. The survey showed that the rare mammal has appeared in 19 communes in five districts. These were A Luoi, Nam Dong, Huong Thuy, Huong Tra and Phong Dien. Officials also collected 27 pairs of horns and skulls.

In 1998, forest wardens and local residents manage to save a female pregnant Saola and in 1999, eight-kilogram Saola was discovered in the wood in the district of A Luoi. However, it died after eight days. Since then, scientists have not found any more Saolas in the wild, although many searches have been conducted.

The Saola’s rarity, distinctiveness and vulnerability make it one of the greatest priorities for conservation in the region. Despite little information available on the Saola, there is no doubt that its existence is severely threatened.

Since its discovery, it is believed to have rapidly declined in the face of ever-increasing human presence, although the actual size of the remaining population is still unknown. According to scientists and researchers on wildlife, Saola numbers had crashed to around 200 worldwide.

Mr. Tuan said that the Saola is at a high risk of being hunted and will panic if it sees hunting dogs in the woods. Moreover, many Saola’s are trapped and killed, since the illegal sales and hunting of the Saola are rampant in the province.

The WWF and Vietnam authorities have carried out a plan for the period between 2005-2010 in six central provinces (from Nghe An to Quang Nam). Forest wardens have eliminated all traps to catch the Saola. Three protection stations now protect the endanger species. However, Mr. Tuan complained that he still needs more personnel in order to perform his protection work of the Saola successfully.

From 2006-2008, the WWF and the Forest Protection Department of Thua Thien – Hue province, have run a four-year Green Corridor project, with funding from the World Bank – GEF, WWF, Thua Thien Hue PPC and SNV. The aim of this project is to strengthen the capacity of local stakeholders and conserve the landscape of the Green Corridor area.

The project is expected to save and facilitate the development of Sao La deer and several endemic animals that are in extreme danger of extinction, such as Truong Son Muntjac, the douc langur, the white-cheeked gibbon and other newly discovered species.

Two reserves in districts A Luoi and Nam Dong were established in April, 2010. The reserves have an area of 12,153 hectares.

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

Another aquatic protection area established in Hue

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

Vietnam keen on protection of aquatic sources

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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

Forest protection helps highlands communes escape poverty

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 11:17 am

Thanks to payment received for environmental services (PES), residents of two communes in the highlands province of Lam Dong have escaped poverty.

Households in Lam Dong Province (Photo: Vietnam Government Web Portal)

After two years of conducting a pilot project of PES in two communes, one of several mechanisms for generating sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation, deforestation has reduced along the Da Nhim River in Lac Duong District where people had chopped down many pine trees to grow coffee.

The program rewards local communities involved in conservation activities by allowing them to manage land and resources, and then providing payment for the economically important goods and services that result from their ecological stewardship.

Da Sar commune People’s Committee chairman Ya Tiong said almost all local farmers have been assigned to protect nearly 15,000 hectares of jungle in the commune; they feel proud to be guardians of the jungle, which intensifies their awareness of environmental protection.

Meanwhile, 260 households in Da Nhim Commune agreed to guard over 7.500 hectares of jungle. Da Nhim Hydro Power Plant paid VND290,000 per hectare to each household in 2009.

Lac Duong District People’s Committee said deforestation violations in communes Da Sar and Da Nhim have reduced by half since the program was implemented.

Moreover, each household nets VND8 million by protecting 30 wood hectares annually; they spent the sum on high yielding breeds of coffee, planting vegetables or raising cattle and poultry.

Households stand to earn VND45 million per year through farming.  The rate of impoverished families in Da Sar commune has dropped from 30.35 per cent in 2008 to 14.5 per cent in 2009; meanwhile the poverty rate has reduced from 34.33 per cent to 27.54 per cent in Da Nhim Commune.

The government issued a decision to pay for environmental services in 2008 for the highlands province of Lam Dong, the northern provinces of Son La and Hoa Binh, the central province of Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan, the southern province of Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City.

Hydro power plants, water suppliers and tourist companies in the areas with jungles must pay for the services, according to the decision.

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

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