NIRAS’ first climate change adaptation project in Vietnam

Published: 19-07-2016

Vietnamese women will benefit from NIRAS capabilities in comprehensive water planning (HELVA) at a new, local pilot projectExploiting Synergies between Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and Urban Farming in Vinh Yen, Vietnam – such is the title of HELVAs first international project.

Local women in Vinh Yen will be involved in an urban farming initiative, where water for the vegetables will come from a SUDS system (local drainage of rain water, which is picked up locally, instead of being discharged into the sewer).

The project will run for 2.5 years and has a budget of approximately 500.000 EUR, of which about 63.000 EUR will be allocated to constructing the pilot project.

Preventing floods

The purpose of the project is to make the urban area more resilient to flooding, but also to benefit the local community’s social resilience by giving local women the opportunity to grow vegetables, herbs and spices.

“We hope that a low-budget system like this can inspire other local authorities and the local population to build SUDS systems that do not require large investments, but will add value to the local population,” says Morten Pedersen from water and utility division VAFO in NIRAS.

The project also hope to inspire similar solutions in the rest of Vietnam.

”The project and its ideas have potential for wide application in Viet Nam given the increasing flooding situation and heat island in cities due to both climate change and rapid urbanization. Willingness of the public and local authorities as well as innovative mechanisms for maintaining such a system play a crucial role in the sustainability and success of the project, “ says Luu Duc Cuong from the Ministry of Construction in Vietnam.

Interdisciplinary collaboration

NIRAS won the project in an international competition at Nordic Climate Facility (NCF), which is organized under the Nordic Development Nordic Development Fund (NDF). The project is a result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between:

• Morten Pedersen, water and utility, NIRAS
• Anja Wejs, water and energy, NIRAS
• NIRAS Vietnam (RCCE)
• Vietnam Institute for Urban and Rural Planning (VIUP) and
• Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction
• The City of Vinh Yen

Thai king strips wanted monk of his rank

The symbolic step comes more than two weeks after police surrounded the scandal-hit Dhammakaya temple and began searching for Phra Dhammachayo, who is accused of money laundering.

The standoff at the temple represents one of the biggest challenges to the authority of Thailand’s junta since it took power in 2014. The former abbot has not turned himself in and police say his followers have hampered the search. Tiếp tục đọc “Thai king strips wanted monk of his rank”

Chinese protest against South Korea’s Lotte Group after land deal for THAAD missile-defense system

AFP-JIJI, Reuters Mar 5, 2017

Dozens of people holding posters showing late Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong protested in northeastern Jilin province on Sunday, calling for a boycott of South Korean goods as part of a backlash against the country’s Lotte Group.

The retail giant has faced growing opposition in China since signing a deal last Tuesday to provide land for a U.S. missile-defense system.

The plan to install the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was prompted by threats from North Korea, but Beijing fears the move will undermine its own military capabilities.

“No to THAAD! Boycott Korean goods!” chanted the protesters. Tiếp tục đọc “Chinese protest against South Korea’s Lotte Group after land deal for THAAD missile-defense system”

Malaysia expels North Korea Ambassador Kang Chol

Kang Chol declared persona non grata following the alleged murder of North Korean leader’s half-brother in Kuala Lumpur.

Kang Chol says Malaysia colluded with 'hostile forces' [File: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]
Kang Chol says Malaysia colluded with ‘hostile forces’ [File: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]

Malaysia has declared North Korea’s ambassador persona non grata over the alleged murder of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un‘s half-brother and ordered the diplomat to leave the country within the next 48 hours.

Kang Chol’s expulsion came on Saturday, just weeks after Kim Jong-nam was allegedly poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.

“The expulsion of the DPRK [North Korea] ambassador is… an indication of the government’s concern that Malaysia may have been used for illegal activities,” Malaysia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The decision was made after he failed to appear at Malaysia’s foreign ministry at 6pm local time on Saturday despite being summoned, said Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi, reporting from Kuala Lumpur. Tiếp tục đọc “Malaysia expels North Korea Ambassador Kang Chol”

Molecular Breeding to Improve Salt Tolerance of Rice (Oryza sativa L.) in the Red River Delta of Vietnam

International Journal of Plant Genomics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 949038, 9 pages

Research Article
Molecular Breeding to Improve Salt Tolerance of Rice (Oryza sativa L.) in the Red River Delta of Vietnam
Le Hung Linh,1 Ta Hong Linh,1 Tran Dang Xuan,2 Le Huy Ham,1 Abdelbagi M. Ismail,3 and Tran Dang Khanh1

1Agricultural Genetics Institute, Tu Liem, Hanoi, Vietnam
2Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 739-8529, Japan
3International Rice Research Institute, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Received 13 July 2012; Revised 13 September 2012; Accepted 14 November 2012

Academic Editor: Akhilesh Kumar Tyagi

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Đà Nẵng: trường mới bàn giao đã nứt do… gạch không nung

06/09/2016 10:45 GMT+7

TTO – Liên quan đến việc Trường tiểu học An Khê (Q.Thanh Khê, TP Đà Nẵng) mới bàn giao gần một tháng đã bị nứt, sáng 6-9 báo Tuổi Trẻ đã nhận được văn bản phản hồi của UBND quận Thanh Khê.

Đà Nẵng: trường mới bàn giao đã nứt do… gạch không nung
Trường tiểu học An Khê mới đưa vào sử dụng – Ảnh: ĐOÀN CƯỜNG

Theo đó, UBND quận Thanh Khê cho biết theo chỉ thị của UBND TP Đà Nẵng, từ năm 2013 đến nay đã sử dụng tường xây bằng gạch không nung vào các công trình xây dựng trên địa bàn. Tiếp tục đọc “Đà Nẵng: trường mới bàn giao đã nứt do… gạch không nung”

Chương trình phát triển vật liệu không nung vượt mục tiêu

TT – 04/03/2017 14:04 GMT+7

Hết năm 2016, sản lượng vật liệu xây dựng không nung đạt gần 6,17 tỷ viên/24,5 tỷ viên vật liệu xây dựng với tỉ lệ 25%, đạt chỉ tiêu đề ra.

Bộ Xây dựng cho biết chương trình 567 về phát triển vật liệu xây dựng không nung đã đạt và vượt mục tiêu đề ra cả về công suất thiết kế, sản lượng sản xuất. Tiếp tục đọc “Chương trình phát triển vật liệu không nung vượt mục tiêu”