New home for rescued capitive bears in Vinh Phuc

Last update 17:11 | 17/05/2017

 Vietnam Bear Sanctuary in Tam Dao National Park, Vinh Phuc, the first of its kind in the country, is opening for visitors to raise public awareness of protecting the endangered species.


Operating since April 2008, the sanctuary spans 1.2 hectares and can accommodate 200 bears.
Two newly-inaugurated semi-natural outdoor enclosures linked with two double bear houses cover a total area of more than 5,600 square metres. Continue reading “New home for rescued capitive bears in Vinh Phuc”
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Thatched houses village in Ha Giang

Last update 16:35 | 16/05/2017

Tha and Ha Thanh villages in Phuong Do commune, Ha Giang city, the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, are well-known for thatched houses.


Tha village is home to over 100 stilt houses with thatched-roof of the Tay ethnic group
A typical Tay wooden house on stilts in Tha village with palm roof and fish pond Continue reading “Thatched houses village in Ha Giang”

Vietnam – Asia silk festival to take place in Hoi An

Last update 10:44 | 17/05/2017

The Vietnam – Asia silk culture festival is scheduled to run in Hoi An silk village in the central province of Quang Nam between June 11 and 14.

The event aims at promoting and preserving the value of traditional silk villages across Vietnam, including Van Phuc (Hanoi), Hoi An and Ma Chau (Quang Nam), and Bao Loc (the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong), among others.

It will also connect craftsmen with potential business partners from Japan, India, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Europe. Continue reading “Vietnam – Asia silk festival to take place in Hoi An”

Mekong Delta faces increased risk of landslides as sediment loss continues

Last update 07:40 | 17/05/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Every year, 55 million tons of sediment is lost from the rivers in Mekong Delta, 90 percent of which is sand. 

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Nguyen Huu Thien, an independent expert, said the Mekong Delta has been taking shape for the last 6,000 years thanks to alluvial accretion. But the volume of sediment in the river and canal system has decreased gradually, leading to an increased risk of landslides.

The coastal provinces in the western part of the southern region are also directly affected by the change.

The alluvium from river mouths to the sea has the function of protecting the coast, easing the impact from waves hitting the coast. When there is not enough silt, the sea water will cause erosion. Continue reading “Mekong Delta faces increased risk of landslides as sediment loss continues”

HCM City aims for “smart city” status

Last update 13:00 | 12/03/2017

Ho Chi Minh City plans to become a smart city, and the task requires concerted efforts by the administration and information technology community, a city leader has said.

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HCM City plans to become a smart city, and the task requires concerted efforts by the administration and information technology community, a top city leader has said

Speaking at a March 10 meeting with information technology executives, Tran Vinh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said: “Information technology is the most important factor in successfully building a smart city, and the city would like to seek solutions and contributions from information technology companies.” Continue reading “HCM City aims for “smart city” status”

Japanese NGO assists Vietnamese farmers in producing safe greens

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Updated : 05/15/2017 09:31 GMT + 7

Environmentally conscious farmers in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre are eagerly adopting a Japanese-sponsored model of producing safe greens to ensure a sustainable livelihood for locals.

Over the past six months, specialists from the Japanese non-profit Seed to Table have been wholeheartedly helping farmers in An Hoa Tay Commune in Binh Dai District make the switch to organic farming and animal husbandry.

The NGO, with sponsorship from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is dedicated to the promotion of eco-friendly agricultural practices as a means of supporting community development in Vietnam, according to its website. Continue reading “Japanese NGO assists Vietnamese farmers in producing safe greens”

Two pedestrian bridges to connect Ho Chi Minh City’s D1, D2

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Updated : 05/17/2017 16:50 GMT + 7

Two pedestrian bridges connecting Bach Dang riverside park in District 1 with the Thu Thiem peninsula in District 2 will be built to establish a pedestrian-friendly link.

The bridges are part of a plan to improve the appeal of Bach Dang Park and transform it into a cultural rendezvous for residents.

The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has tasked local travel firm Saigontourist and Saigon An Phat investment firm to complete planning for the park. Continue reading “Two pedestrian bridges to connect Ho Chi Minh City’s D1, D2”

Two railway routes to be built in capital city

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Update: May, 15/2017 – 09:00

A computer-generated illustration of urban railway route number 3, which will connect the Hà Nội Railway Station on Lê Duẩn Street with urban Hoàng Mai District. — Photo courtesy of the Hà Nội Urban Railway Project Management Board
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Some VNĐ62 trillion (US$2.7 billion) of official development aid (ODA) is the amount proposed by the Hà Nội People’s Committee to build two new railway routes in the city.

The 6km urban railway route number 2, connecting downtown Trần Hưng Đạo Street and the Thượng Định Ward in Thanh Xuân District, is expected to cost some VNĐ35 trillion ($1.5 billion), of which $1.3 billion will be funded through aid from Japan.
Continue reading “Two railway routes to be built in capital city”

World Bank funds US$155 Million to Support Autonomous Higher Education in Việt Nam

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Update: May, 16/2017 – 18:00

A World Bank project will support the financing of new facilities and equipment for teaching and research.—VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News WASHINGTON — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today US$155 million in financing to strengthen the research, teaching, and institutional capacity of three universities and improve the management of Việt Nam’s higher education system.

More than 150,000 students and 3,900 members of faculty will benefit from the investments for Việt Nam’s National University of Agriculture, the University of Science and Technology in Hà Nội, and the Industry University of Hồ Chí Minh City. Some 600,000 students and 27,000 lecturers from other higher education institutions will also gain access to a digital library at the National Economics University.

“Việt Nam’s gains in higher education are evident in the numbers: 17 times more students enrolled since 1991,” says Ousmane Dione, the World Bank Country Director for Việt Nam.

“But Việt Nam needs stronger growth in labour productivity and further significant shifts of the workforce to more productive sectors. Addressing this challenge requires different skills sets and competencies and further strengthening the access to, and quality of higher education. This is at the core of what this project aims to achieve,” he added.

The project will support the financing of new facilities and equipment for teaching and research, as well as the strengthening management systems.

Additional objectives of the project include support for the strengthening of the key components of higher education – such as the national accreditation system – as well as efforts to share the lessons learned by the beneficiary universities.

The International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for low income countries, will provide US$155 million to the US$174 million project, with the Vietnamese Government providing the remaining funds.—VNS

Japan becomes largest importer of VN’s shrimps

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Update: May, 17/2017 – 15:47

Việt Nam exported shrimp to 68 markets in the first quarter of 2017. — Photo vcci.com.vn
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Japan has become the largest market for Vietnamese shrimps, accounting for 21.9 per cent of the country’s shrimp export value in the first quarter of 2017.

The Việt Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) reported that in the first three months of this year, Việt Nam’s shrimp exports to Japan reached US$135.4 million, a year-on-year increase of 29.6 per cent. The significant growth is because of the rise of the yen, which has encouraged Japanese enterprises to move to imported shrimp. Continue reading “Japan becomes largest importer of VN’s shrimps”

Đắk Lắk scraps plans for 17 hydropower plants

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The removal of hydropower projects and potential sites is because most of them are located in forest areas, meaning hydropower plant construction would seriously affect forest resources and local ecology.—VNA/VNS Photo

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Authorities in the Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk have made the decision to scrap plans for constructing 17 small and medium hydropower plants with total capacity of 27.4 megawatts.

The province has also axed 69 sites which have potential to become future stations, with combined capacity totalling 117 megawatts.

The move comes following the Prime Minister’s directive to close natural forests in the Central Highlands to deal with climate change during the 2016-2020 period, Đắk Lắk vice chairman Y Giang Gry Nie Knong said. Continue reading “Đắk Lắk scraps plans for 17 hydropower plants”

Illegal hunter convicted for killing endangered langur

A family of the Red-Shanked Doucs (Pygathryx nemaeus) is snapped at the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve in Đà Nẵng city. The central city’s People’s Court decided to imprison illegal hunter Nguyễn Văn Lý three years in prison for killing the endangered langurs. — VNS Photo Bùi Văn Tuấn
ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city’s People’s Court rejected poacher Nguyễn Văn Lý’s appeal of a three-year conviction at a hearing on Monday.Lý was sentenced by Sơn Trà district people’s court last year for killing two Red-Shanked Doucs in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve.

The court said Lý had violated regulations on hunting and killing endangered species under the list of protected animals of the Governmental Decree No 32. Continue reading “Illegal hunter convicted for killing endangered langur”

EU backs away from trade statement in blow to China’s ‘modern Silk Road’ plan

Member states wary of Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative without guarantees on transparency, sustainability and tendering process

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The EU’s rejection of the trade statement will come as a blow to XI Jinping, who hoped the two-day summit in Beijing would bring world leaders behind his Belt and Road vision. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

The EU has dealt a blow to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s bid to lead a global infrastructure revolution, after its members refused to endorse part of the multibillion-dollar plan because it did not include commitments to social and environmental sustainability and transparency.

Xi made his latest bid for global leadership on Monday, telling leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that the world should reject protectionism, embrace globalisation and pull together like a skein of geese. Continue reading “EU backs away from trade statement in blow to China’s ‘modern Silk Road’ plan”

Toxic timebomb: why we must fight back against the world’s plague of plastic

We must reduce our dependence on plastics, especially single-use items, and seek out alternative materials

38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island

It’s everywhere. From the Mariana Trench to the floor of the Arctic Ocean, on tropical beaches and polar coasts. It’s in wildlife, seafood, sea salt and even on the surface of Mars. The world is blighted by plastic. Up to 12m tonnes of the stuff enters the world’s oceans every year (that’s one new tonne of plastic every three to 10 seconds) and it doesn’t go to that magical place called “away”.

Once in the oceans, it can float around for years, or even decades, before being swallowed by a bird or a whale. During that time, it can travel tens of thousands of kilometres, all the while absorbing contaminants from the sea water, concentrating them like a sponge. When wildlife ingest plastic, the brew of toxic chemicals can be transferred to the animal’s tissues with potentially dangerous consequences. Continue reading “Toxic timebomb: why we must fight back against the world’s plague of plastic”

China installs rocket launchers on disputed South China Sea island: Report

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Still image from a United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands

China has said military construction on the islands it controls in the South China Sea will be limited to necessary defensive requirements, and that it can do what it likes on its own territory. Continue reading “China installs rocket launchers on disputed South China Sea island: Report”