Vietnam

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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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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