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Da Nang chosen for low-carbon city project

The project is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from public transportation and households business by using environmental technologies. It also aims to promote the use of solar, wind and other renewable energies more effectively by introducing smart-grid technology.

Flexibility key to tackling climate change

The two-day workshop, titled "Towards a Mekong Delta Plan", brought together policy-makers and hundreds of experts from the two countries in the presence of Dutch Crown Prince Williem-Alexander, who has been on an official visit to the country. Workshop participants discussed different options to optimise plans for the Delta relating to many areas including the predicted rise in sea levels, salinity intrusion, drought, insufficient supply of fresh water, agricultural and aquaculture production as well as urban development.

Tame elephants face extinction

The population of existing tame elephants is being overexploited for tourism and is under threat from poachers. Elephants are also not being encouraged to breed, according to a study on tamed elephants in the province by Central Highlands University, which showed that the number of tamed elephants in the province had declined sharply from 502 in 1985 to 84 in 2000 and fewer than 60 last year.

ADB, NDF support action on climate change in VN

The ADB Vietnam Resident Mission made the announcement on Wednesday in Hà Nội. Accordingly, the project is due to begin in May 2011 and complete in March 2013.  

Provinces receive wildfire alert as drought takes hold

Most of the provinces warned are in the southeast. Bac Giang, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, Ha Nam, Kon Tum, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa and Tay Ninh provinces are said to be "extremely dangerous" because of the dry conditions they are experiencing.

Vietnam’s biodiversity seriously at risk

Amongst the 882 endangered species that were listed in Vietnam ’s Red Book in 1997, nine species of animals including the Sumatra rhinoceros, the Kouprey bull, tapirs, otter civets, the Japanese eel, several species of carp, spotted deer, estuarine crocodile (crocodylus porosos) and two species of orchids (paphiopadilum) are in danger of extinction.

Continued support for Vietnam’s forestry sector

In the period 2011-2015, the Forest Sector Support Partnership (FSSP) will expand the involvement of the private sector, industry associations and non-governmental organisations in the country, Juergen Hess, Co-chair of the annual review meeting of the FSSP said.

Poachers kill rare rhino in national park

A team of international veterinary, forensic and wildlife experts believe the rhinoceros, possibly the last in Viet Nam, had been shot in the leg two to three months before it died. The decomposed carcass was discovered last April.

Vietnam completes coastal wetland mapping

According to the centre, this is the first time Vietnam has made a set of maps that provides full information of various types of coastal wetland in the country’s 29 coastal provinces and cities.

2010: The year nature struck back!

To make matters worse, intense flooding killed about 6,300 people in 59 countries up until September, according to the World Heath Organisation. The most severe, in Pakistan, lasted for months and covered about a fifth of the nation's land area under water. About 2,000 people were killed and 12 million others lost houses, property and livestock. Viet Nam was also inundated. In October and November, the central region, from Nghe An to Khanh Hoa province, was ravaged by five separate floods. They were the worst for many years.

Nation joins pilot scheme to recycle industrial wastewater

This was particularly important in the context of climate change, with Viet Nam said to be one of the countries that would experience the worst impacts of the phenomenon. A pilot project to create a scheme of sustainable water resource management and wastewater reuse has been started by the HCM City University of Technology (HCMUT), Thailand-based Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Institute National des Sciences Appliques (INSA) in France.

Experts suggest construction should go ‘green'

Professor Nguyen Huu Dung explained that the country was in the process of becoming industrialised by 2020 and its rapid rate of urbanisation would mean the population in cities would rise to around 45 per cent then from the current 30 per cent. "The construction and real-estate industries need to develop greener alternatives for the current architectural models that require large investments and energy supply but increase pollution," he told around 200 delegates representing property developers and design and consulting firms.

US to assess health of Mekong basin

The workshop, organised by the US Consulate General in HCM City and the US-based International Crane Foundation, gathered scientists from 18 universities in Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. They will discuss the details of their data sampling strategy before they make a field trip to Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province.

 

Research on pollutants begins in Mekong region

The four-day seminar, co-organised by the HCMC University of Natural Sciences, the city’s US Consulate General and the International Crane Foundation (ICF) will initiate research POPs in the Mekong River. Scientists say that POPs harm human beings’ health and the environment across the world. POPs from insecticides and other sources enter the water surface in rivers, ponds or marshes. The Mekong is one of the world’s most important rivers but there little research on POPs has been carried out on this river.

Rural clean water project brings fresh benefits

At a seminar on Output-Based Aid (OBA) in Hanoi on Dec. 13, EMW National Director Nguyen Minh Chau said that this was an effective way of avoiding wastefulness, since sponsors only paid for the project’s implemenation after ensuring the required benefits had been achieved, Chau said.


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