Vietnam

Sub-Mekong region cooperates in trans-boundary haze pollution

Date of Release: 
Aug 21 2015

Present at the meeting was also the Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

The participants discussed and shared initiatives undertaken by the MSC Mekong nations to mitigate land and forest fires and control smoke haze pollution during the dry season.

They agreed to work towards achieving the target of hotspot reduction approved at the 4th MSC Mekong Meeting in Laos last year and strengthen regional cooperation and national efforts in meeting the revised targets by an agreed timeline.

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New coastal golf courses inadvisable, experts say

Date of Release: 
Aug 21 2015

Commenting about the proposed golf course projects in some coastal provinces, Dr. Vu Thanh Ca from the Department of International Science & Technology Cooperation under the General Department of Sea and Islands Vietnam said: “This is absolutely not recommended.”

Ca said that the US, China, South Korea, Indonesia and many other countries all have laws on coastal area management with strict regulations on the use of the space adjacent to the coast.

The laws stipulate there must not be development activities in coastal areas unless the activities are allowed with special licenses.

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Dong Nai slow to move polluters from suburbs

Date of Release: 
Jul 28 2015

DONG NAI (VNS) — A plan to move nearly 480 production and husbandry units causing pollution out of urban and residential areas in the southern province of Dong Nai has been sluggish, failing to meet its deadline this year.

The provincial People's Committee issued the decision to remove the units in August 2012, setting a date for completion in 2014. But the province had to extend the deadline to the end of this year.

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Tay Ninh penalises polluting enterprises

Date of Release: 
Aug 3 2015

TAY NINH (VNS) — The Natural Resources and Environment Department of Tay Ninh Province penalised 116 enterprises that have been discharging waste into the Vam Co Dong River since 2013.

Those enterprises were fined more than VND12.5 trillion (US$581 million) total.

Nguyen Dinh Xuan, the department's director, said that in order to keep the province's water sources clean, the department asked enterprises to build waste treatment facilities that meet national standards. — VNS

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Soda production pollutes air, water in Quang Nam

Date of Release: 
Aug 4 2015

QUANG NAM (VNS) — Residents in central Quang Nam Province's Nui Thanh District complain that their daily life has been disrupted by environmental pollution from the Chu Lai Soda Processing JSC.

The situation has been going on for two months since the company began operation in June.

Over 400 households in Tam Hiep Commune's Dai Phu Village have been affected by the water, air and noise pollution, said Le Minh Sa, head of Dai Phu Village.

"The old people suffer headaches and it's hard for children to concentrate on learning," he said.

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Tien Giang cracks down on mining of sand

Date of Release: 
Jul 22 2015

TIEN GIANG (VNS) — The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tien Giang has initiated tough measures to control mining of sand in the river.

The measures are aimed at preventing landslides on the riverbanks and protecting the aquaculture resources as well lives and assets of local people who live alongside rivers.

The provincial authority has temporarily stopped the issue and extension of licences for mining of sand, so as to review the situation on the Tien River.

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Natural resources and environmental sector faces management difficulties

Date of Release: 
Jul 16 2015

The management of natural resources and the environment has been a pressing issue in many parts of the country, as heard during a review meeting on July 15 of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

In the first half of 2015, the sector carried out 1,183 inspections, resulting in 644 organisations and individuals fined at a total cost of 38 billion VND (1.75 million USD) and 1,426 hectares of land were proposed to be revoked.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has thus far processed 1,719 petitions, 98 percent of which came from land disputes.

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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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