Vietnam

City finds 700 firms polluting

Date of Release: 
Jun 15 2015

HCM CITY (VNS) — Nearly 700 new polluters have been identified in HCM City, according to figures released by the city Department of Mineral Resources and Environment at a meeting with the city People's Council last week.

They were discovered during inspections as part of a programme that should have ended in 2007 but was never wound up.

The 698 businesses found are located mainly in the suburban districts of Binh Chanh, Hoc Mon, Binh Tan, and 12.

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Center established to promote environmental, social sustainability

Date of Release: 
Jun 17 2015

The center was established with initial funding support from the Australian Government and technical support from international partners, including the World Bank Group (WB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Asian Institute of Technology Center in Vietnam (AIT-VN).

The learning center, housed at the Asian Institute of Technology Center in Vietnam, will offer capacity building to project management units, district and provincial authorities, consultants and other stakeholders in social and environmental issues.

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MOT vows to eliminate motorbikes that violate emission standards

Date of Release: 
Jun 3 2015

Under the plan approved by the Prime Minister, in 2010-2013, Vietnam would control the emissions of 20 percent of motorbikes in circulation in the two largest cities of Hanoi and HCM City.

The plan also set up a target of establishing at least 100 emission inspection centers in Hanoi and 150 in HCM City, and training at least 500 officers for the centers.

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Probe launched into Dong Nai urban river project

Date of Release: 
Jun 4 2015

The report, authorised by minister Nguyen Minh Quang, said the project had not scrupulously stuck to the law, failed to factor in the possibility of severe flooding in the Dong Nai River and its assessments of the impact on river flow were not scientifically reliable.

The province has allowed Toan Thinh Phat Investment Architecture and Construction Joint Stock Company to fill up over 7.7 hectares of the Dong Nai River for its 8.4 hectare urban area, with the rest being located in a protective corridor.

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Coal-run thermal power plants and the “grey sludge threat”

Date of Release: 
Jun 2 2015

Hundreds of people in Binh Thuan province intercepted vehicles on Highway No 1 last week to demonstrate their protest against environmental pollution caused by coal residues from the Vinh Tan thermopower plant.

The investor of the plant, after a working session with agencies, covered the coal residue ground with canvas and watered regularly to prevent the fly ash from disseminating.

However, these are only temporary solutions, while they cannot eradicate the problem.

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Harmful construction on Vietnam’s longest river has to end, experts urge

Date of Release: 
May 14 2015

Experts have called for the cancellation of a controversial property project that fills up a section of the Dong Nai, Vietnam’s longest river, with rocks and sand, saying the construction will lead to dire consequences.

“The project’s environmental impact assessment report got it wrong. The project will surely alter the course of the river and affect the sensitive ecological system in the area,” said Vu Ngoc Long, director of the Southern Institute of Ecology.

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Save the Dong Nai River: experts

Date of Release: 
May 14 2015

HA NOI (VNS) — Scientist and experts have renewed their calls to the National Assembly and the Government to take prompt actions to save the Dong Nai River in Dong Nai Province.

The 610km river is believed to be the third longest river in the country, running through 10 provinces and HCM City and supplying water to nearly 20 million people.

Experts say that a planned residential project will affect the river's flow and have a negative impact on its ecology.

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River-encroaching project in southern Vietnam should be scrapped as it breaks laws: experts

Date of Release: 
May 13 2015

The demand was pressed at a seminar on sustainable development in river basins that was jointly held on Tuesday by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations and the Institute of Legislative Studies (ILS) under the Vietnamese National Assembly.

At the event, experts expressed trenchant criticisms of a multimillion-dollar project regarding its violation of many laws and the potential adverse impacts on the environment, even though the developer has suspended it.

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Vietnam province justifies controversial cable car project at world’s largest cave

Date of Release: 
Mar 31 2015

Tourism authorities in the central province of Quang Binh have again defended a controversial plan to build a US$212-million cable car at Son Doong Cave, saying the media has misunderstood it.

A province tourism official told a meeting last week that the nearly 11-kilometer cable car system to be built by Da Nang-based real estate and resort developer Sun Group would be above the trees in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and end 300-600 meters from the cave and not right at the entrance as the media reported.

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Biodiversity mainstreamed in environmental assessment

Date of Release: 
Apr 17 2015

A workshop by the People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) in Hanoi on March 24 attracted nearly 60 representatives from the Vietnam Environment Administration, Vietnam Administration of Forestry and several national parks and non-governmental organizations. The theme of the meeting was mainstreaming biodiversity criteria in environmental impact assessments in Vietnam.

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