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Beach conservation effort succeeds

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Beach conservation effort succeeds

QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

Co Chien Islet’s Ngang Beach in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Tra Vinh has been recognised for its successes in restoring local biodiversity and ecosystems.

A recent report in Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper highlighted the success of afforestation work and other projects to ensure Co Chien adapts to climate change.

Experts from the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) working on the group’s Greater Mekong Programme said about 36 kinds of aquatic species have been restored at Ngang Beach, situated in Hai Thu Hamlet, Long Hoa Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tra Vinh Province.

Ngang Beach is located at the mouth of the Co Chien River, a branch of the Mekong, which empties into the southern East Sea.

Do Minh Tien, Party committee secretary of Long Hoa Commune, said local residents have benefited from the introduction of more sustainable ways to earn a living.

“Living standards of people at Ngang Beach have improved thanks to efforts to preserve local forests,” said Tien.

The ecosystem has also benefited.

“Aquatic species such as vop (a kind of clam), thoi loi fish, ca ngat (gray eel catfish) and bong sao fish (boleophthalmus boddarti) were almost driven to extinction during the past ten years, but recently their numbers have recovered strongly,” Tien said.

Hectares of forests were planted on Ngang Beach this year, part of efforts to help mitigate the impact of climate change.

“10ha of the total 170ha plantation were zoned as a bio-diversity reserve,” Tien said.

Huynh Quoc Vu, head of management board of Tien Thanh Co-operative, said local people have been taught more sustainable farming methods.

“Locals realised the importance of the forests to their lives, so they no longer over-exploit the natural resources here,” said Vu.

Tien Thanh Co-operative was established in 2004 and now has 400 members.

Since its establishment, the co-operative has made a profit each year. Profits are shared among members based on their holdings.

“In 2009, the co-operative gained VND8 billion (US$404,000) from clam farming. After deducting expenses, the dividend was VND650,000 ($33) each,” Vu said.

Buffer zone

The co-operative has expanded the area of clam cultivation to 150ha for this crop, aiming for a dividend of VND700,000 ($35.5) for each clam farmer, said Vu.

Tran Van Quy, who was one of the first farmers in the area to take part in afforestation projects, says the work has helped mitigate the impacts of storms and other extreme weather.

“Ten years ago, landslides were a terrible risk here, especially during the monsoon,” said Quy.

“But thanks to the support of the Government, there is now a buffer zone of forest running along coastal land.”

His family has planted and protected 20ha of cypress forest.

“We have the right to exploit this natural resource. However, we have to obey certain rules to preserve the ecosystem, so we are not allowed to use electric traps to catch fish and we avoid catching young or baby fish.”

Quy said crabs have become particularly abundant in the area.

Fifty-year-old farmer Nguyen Huu Chi, who manages 5ha of newly planted forest, said planting trees has lured back a wide range of wildlife.

“This includes rising numbers of crab, catfish, shrimp, tra fish and goby fish,” he said.

“I will plant an additional 3.3ha of trees this year where I can breed goby fish. I earned VND30 million ($1,500) in the last harvest while the expenditure was less than VND10 million ($500).”

Source: VNS/VietnamNet


Source: QDND

Vietnam’s first heart transplantation succeeds

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2010 at 4:33 am

The Vietnam Military Medical University said its doctors have successfully performed the first heart transplantation in Vietnam.

The operation, lasting nearly two hours, gave Bui Van Nam, 48, from the northern province of Thai Binh, who has suffered from final-stage heart failure, a working heart taken from a brain dead donor.

After the transplantation, which was conducted on June 17 with support from experts from Cheng Hsin hospital, Taiwan ( China ), Nam is now in sound recovery.

The Military Medical University, which also performed the country’s first kidney and liver transplantations, has performed experimental heart transplants since August 2005.

Heart transplantation was first conducted successfully in the world in 1967 and it is regarded an effective procedure to help patients with end-stage heart failure and severe coronary artery disease live longer.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam succeeds in farming medicinal mushroom

In Vietnam Science on September 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm

The HCMC Center for Reishi and Medicinal Mushrooms Research has successfully grown the Thuong Hoang mushroom which has active elements that can help treat cancers, especially in the breast, liver, and stomach.

A Phellinus linteus mushroom. A HCMC research center has managed to grow this rare mushroom which has anti-tumor properties

Co Duc Trong, chairman of the project to grow the mushroom in the city said that Phellinus linteus has been used in traditional medicine for a long time.

This mushroom is of particular interest to researchers around the world because of its tumor-prevention properties.

It only grows deep in the forest and high up in mountains and can live for tens of years.

The total global output productivity of the mushroom is just around 30 tons a year, mainly from natural sources.

Only four countries have managed to farm it — Korea, China, Japan, and Thailand. With demand being high, a kilogram costs VND4 to 10 million (US$228 to 571) and there are a lot of fakes. In Vietnam, it fetches VND4 million.

Since 2006 the center has successfully grown phellinus in sawdust made from rubber trees instead of in tree trunks like the countries do. It has so far produced around 140 kilogram, Mr.Trong said.

This process protects the mushrooms from diseases and they are cleaner and more uniform.

It can be grown for export and for selling to drug companies, he added.

Source: SGGP

Southeast Asia succeeds in fighting piracy in Malacca Straits

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Southeast Asia is winning the battle against piracy in the Malacca Straits, the Malaysia-based International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said.

The watchdog also said that any reduction in vigilance could result in a sudden surge in maritime banditry in the vital trade lane.

The strategic shipping route between Indonesia ‘s island of Sumatra and the Southeast Asian peninsula of Malaysia and Singapore was deemed the most dangerous waterway in the world, though attacks have dropped dramatically thanks to increased cooperation among the littoral states.

Experts believe that a major hijacking like the incident that took place off the coast of Somalia this week is now unlikely to occur here.

During the first nine months of this year there have been only two pirate attacks in the straits, according to the IMB, compared to 38 in 2004 and a peak of 75 in 2000.-

Dak Lak succeeds in battle against leprosy

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2008 at 9:08 am

Dak Lak (VNA) – The Central Highlands province of Dac Lac has provided medical check-ups for close to 3 million people since 1994 and successfully treated 28,000 leprosy patients in the locality.

A report publicised by the provincial Health Department on October 10 showed that the rate of leprosy patients among local residents is now 0.02 per 10,000 people, compared with 10 per 10,000 in 1994 when the province’s leprosy prevention programme commenced.

To achieve these results, Dak Lak province carried out leprosy awareness programmes at schools and established a network of 17 clinics to serve local residents.

In recognition of its tireless work in the battle against leprosy, the State President presented the Labour Order third class, to the Dak Lak Centre for Dermatology for its outstanding achievements in wiping out the disease over recent years.-


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