Across Borders, Southeast Asia Builds a Governance Platform

Date of Release: 
Dec 2 2014

For the past two and a half years, NRGI partners in Southeast Asia have worked together to create their very own, and very first, regional guide to governance in the extractive sector.

The Framework for Extractive Industries Governance in ASEAN, available here in English, helps member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations address governance challenges they face as they manage natural resource wealth to meet important development goals for current and future generations.


Mekong Countries Voice Major Concerns Over Laos Dam

Date of Release: 
Dec 17 2014

A public consultation organized by the Mekong River Commission was held in Pakse, Laos, last week, where opponents continued to call for Laos to reconsider a controversial dam project.

Malaysia’s Mega First Corporation, a company tasked with building the Don Sahong dam, briefed regional participants on its social and environmental impacts, in the meeting on Friday.

But officials from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam remain skeptical of their findings of no significant impact or threat to fish population or migration.


Government and civil society support strong Environmental Impact Assessments

Date of Release: 
Dec 4 2014

Government and civil society representatives highlighted the need for strong and inclusive environmental impact assessment (EIA) policies and practices in the Mekong region at a meeting this week in Bangkok, Thailand.


Vietnam province pulls plug on defense-sensitive Chinese-invested resort project

Date of Release: 
Nov 27 2014

The administration of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has decided to stop implementing a Chinese-developed resort project at a location deemed sensitive to national defense, the provincial chairman confirmed Wednesday.

Thua Thien-Hue has come under criticism after it licensed World Shine Hong Kong Co. Ltd., whose representatives are Chinese businesspeople, to develop the World Shine – Hue international resort on Cua Khem Cape, where Hai Van Mountain meets the East Vietnam Sea.
The cape is also a border area between the province and the central hub of Da Nang.


Paper firm fined for dumping toxic waste

Date of Release: 
Oct 16 2014

The People's Committee of the southern province of Tay Ninh is fining a paper production company over VND235 million (US$11,100) for discharging untreated waste into the environment.

The Anh Sang paper company, located in Go Dau District, released 20cu.m of untreated waste each day into the Vam Co Dong river.

Test results from samples of the released waste water revealed that the chemical oxygen demand (COD) in the river was 14.6 times more than permitted levels. Additionally, the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) during the five-day test was 5.98 times higher than permitted levels


Vietnamese agriculture sector aims to cut CO2 emissions

Date of Release: 
Oct 6 2014

It was important to come up with ways to mitigate CO2 emissions in agriculture, which produces approximately 43 percent of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said at a recent seminar.

Doanh announced that the ministry had already set up a working group in charge of pushing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to achieve this goal. The group was set up under the framework of a three-year project launched in March that organises training courses for policymakers and experts on developing NAMA plans.


Tay Ninh to suspend polluting firms

Date of Release: 
Jul 18 2014

Tapioca and rubber manufacturers that polluted the environment in the southwestern province of Tay Ninh would be suspended from operations, said the local Department of Natural Resources and Environment director, Nguyen Dinh Xuan.

"There are 74 tapioca and 27 rubber manufacturers in Tay Ninh, but only 31 of them have installed A-level wastewater treatment systems," said Xuan.

The municipal People's Committee had ordered the remaining manufacturers to install the system by late June or face suspension, but they failed to meet the deadline.


Exhaust fumes take toll on HCM City air quality

Date of Release: 
Jul 16 2014

Air pollution has been a serious problem in HCM City for a long time now, but polluters face no serious punishment because of a toothless Environment Law and lack of adequate equipment to measure the pollution they cause.

Exhaust fumes from vehicles, industry, and construction impact air quality the worst.

According to the latest study, air quality in six out of the city's 12 industrial and processing zones — Cat Lai, Linh Trung 1 and 2, Tan Binh, Tan Tao, and North-western Cu Chi — has worsened since last year.


Hanoi suffers from lacklustre waste management

Date of Release: 
Jul 7 2014

Speaking at a meeting on waste water treatment last week, Nghi also suggested increasing the fine for environmental violations, arguing the city's pollution levels were caused by a lack of awareness.

Environment pollution and waste water have greatly hindered sustainable development in the capital, according to a report by the Ha Noi's People's Committee unveiled at the meeting.

The report said huge volumes of waste, measuring about 6,500 tonnes per day, were pushing up the price of waste collection and transport to landfill and recycling plants located outside the city.


Ha Noi suffers from poor waste collection

Date of Release: 
Jun 14 2014

They also said leakage of waste water from trucks that collect rubbish from septic tanks in the city pollute the environment.

Additionally, waste collection points are often overloaded with different types of rubbish. Meanwhile, rubbish is often held at collection points for an entire day before being removed to garbage dumps, spreading offensive odors throughout surrounding areas.

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