Vietnam

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

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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

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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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Three matters for manufacturing enterprises in Viet Nam to note

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Sep 10 2014

The law can be hard to maneuver, and so when it comes to business law, a lot of money may be at stake. The law, as regards the manufacturing industry, utilizes different provisions depending upon the characteristics of the specific sector. PLF Law firm takes the time to elucidate three of the trickier aspects of active manufacturing enterprises.

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FLC persists with illegal sand mining for golf course

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Jul 18 2014

THANH HOA (VNS) — FLC Group has continued its illegal mining activities for its golf course project despite a warning from the local People's Committee in the coastal central province of Thanh Hoa.

The Ha Noi-based company, which specialises in tourism and services, received approval for sand mining from the People's Committee late May, but has yet to complete legal procedures to carry out the mining.

Dozens of sand mining ships hired by the company were reportedly operating illegally in the Hoang Chau Commune's Noi dune area earlier in June.

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Indian firm to build Mekong power plant

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Mar 30 2015

HA NOI (VNS) — The Tata Power Group from India has proposed to invest in the Long Phu 3 thermal power plant in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Soc Trang.

This was reported on the province's official website soctrang.gov.vn.

Earlier, Tata Power had been granted approval by the Government to build the Long Phu 2 thermal power plant, expected to cost US$2 billion, in the province. In November 2013, the company inked a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the plant's construction with the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

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Dong Nai to build homes despite pollution warnings

Date of Release: 
Mar 26 2015

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Dong Nai People's Committee said it plans to go ahead with housing construction on land reclaimed from the Dong Nai River despite a warning from the Viet Nam River Network that it would harm the river.

The Ha Noi-based NGO, which consists of hydrologists and ecologists, said reclaiming such a large area would critically interfere with the river's hydrology and ecology as well as the local economy and society, and called for cancelling the project.

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New policies take effect since April

Date of Release: 
Mar 31 2015

VGP – New Decrees on increasing wage for low-income officials, autonomy mechanism for non-business public units, conditions to select projects in form of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and projects subject to environmental impact assessment will come into effect since April 2015.

Wages rise for low-income officials

The Decree on increasing salaries for civil and public servants, officials working in the armed forces and employees of socio-political organizations with a salary grade at or below 2.34 will take effect from April 6, 2015.

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