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Storms now more severe and unpredictable

VietNamNet Bridge – Cao Duc Phat, head of the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, said that forecasting storms has become much more difficult due to factors such as climate change.     Workers fortify a section of a dyke in HCM City. (Photo: SGGP)  Earlier, storms usually took place in ... Read More »

UNDP support Vietnam’ greenhouse gas emissions cut

A project to increase Vietnamese industries’ capacity to control greenhouse gas emissions and their ability to adapt to climate change was launched on April 17. The 3.05 million USD project funded by UNDP, which will end in 2016, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in industrial production and open trading opportunities for Vietnamese companies in the “green” field. It comprises ... Read More »

Vietnam’s climate change fight focuses on adaptation

Vietnam ‘s response to climate change will focus on adaptation, which will be mainly funded by State budget. Other approach to climate change, mitigation, will be open for engagement by the private sector as it concerns technology changes, and low-carbon energy technologies in particular. These remarks were made by Truong Duc Tri, Deputy Director of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change ... Read More »

VRN petitions to reject Dong Nai 6 and Dong Nai 6A hydropower plant projects

VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnam River Network (VRN), a well-known environment protection organization, has officially petitioned to remove the Dong Nai 6 and Dong Nai 6A projects from the hydropower plant development program, because the two projects are believed to have negative impacts on the society and the environment.   Biodiversity law not respected The scientists of VRN, after considering ... Read More »

National forest inventory to begin in June

The national forest inventory project will be carried out across the country from June 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016 , according to the Office of Government. The move aims to provide accurate, up-to-date information about the size, distribution, composition and conditions of the forests and woodlands for planning, protection and development of forests as well as land allocation. It ... Read More »

Natural disasters cost 1.48 pct of Vietnam’s annum GDP

Natural disasters economically cost 1.48 percent of Vietnam’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually during 2008-2012, an official has said. Nguyen Xuan Dieu, Permanent Member of the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, reported that during the time, natural disasters triggered an economic damage of nearly 74 trillion VND (roughly 3.5 billion USD), 19.3 trillion VND more than ... Read More »

Littering fines as high as VND1 million to be enforced

VietNamNet Bridge – People who leave litter on streets or in urban drainage systems may be fined between VND500,000 (USD23.8) and VND1 million (USD47.6), according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s draft decree.     People who leave litter on streets or in urban drainage systems may be fined between VND500,000 and VND1 million.   The ministry held ... Read More »

Central region adopts strict drought measures

Hard-engineering solutions have been adopted on large scale to deal with the on-going severe drought that has plagued central coastal provinces, particularly those in the basin of Vu Gia-Thu Bon rivers. The resolutions were outlined by Dang Duy Hien of the General Department of Irrigation ( GDI ) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development during a recent online ... Read More »

Frozen real estate market hinders unburned brick development program

VietNamNet Bridge – Billions of dong have been spent to develop concrete block brick factories, as the investors believe unburned materials would be the “technology of the future.”         The Khang Minh Brick Company in the first quarter of 2013 reportedly received tens of orders on providing 30 million concrete block bricks to many big construction works ... Read More »

Strategy highlights sustainable minerals exploitation

Natural minerals will be protected, managed, exploited, and used in a reasonable, economical, and efficient manner to serve the country’s short and long-term socio-economic sustainable development, national defence and security, and environmental protection. It was stated in the mineral strategy mapped out for the period from now to 2020 with a vision toward 2030, which was approved by the Prime ... Read More »