Deforestation haunts Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 06/23/2017 18:00 GMT + 7

Severe deforestation in Quang Son Commune, Dak G’Long District, located in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong


Countless hectares of forest in Vietnam’s Central Highlands are being destroyed as the result of industrial and agricultural activities conducted by local businesses and residents at such a rate that authorities are unable to prevent the situation.

Businesses, residents, and even immigrants in the Central Highlands region are exploiting the local forests for its natural resources.

Meanwhile competent authorities have been unable to manage the excessive exploitation, with some even caught abetting the harmful activities. Tiếp tục đọc

Sand exploitation vessels on Chu River a grave concern


Update: June, 23/2017 – 18:30

An illegal sand exploitation vessel on Chu River. — Photo

THANH HOÁ — Several illegal sand exploitation vessels have been found operating along Chu River in the central province of Thanh Hoá.However, local authorised agencies are finding it difficult to deter vessels owing to inadequate and weak human resources.As a result, banks along the river have suffered serious erosion, narrowing the cultivable area of residents and threatening people’s safety.

On the river between Thiệu Toán and Thiệu Vũ communes in Thiệu Hoá District, some vessels were caught exploiting sand from the riverbed. Upon being chased by the inspectors’ vessel, they sped away at their fastest speed. Tiếp tục đọc

Nông dân đổi nghề vì năng lượng trên sông Srepok

Ngày 23/6/2017, trong hội thảo “Nơi dòng sông chảy ngược: Nước, giới và phát triển” tổng kết dự án “Đánh giá tác động giới từ các công trình thủy điện trên sông Srepok” do Oxfam tài trợ, tổ chức tại TP Buôn Ma Thuột, Trung tâm Nghiên cứu và Phát triển xã hội (CSRD) trao giải Ảnh đẹp cho nhiều tác giả nông dân đã được dự án tặng máy ảnh, hướng dẫn cách chụp để tự kể về câu chuyện của cộng đồng qua ảnh, góp hơn 100 ảnh để triển lãm, in sách.

Các nhóm nông dân được dự án tài trợ chụp ảnh lưu niệm cùng đại biểu

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HCM City calls for private investment in waste water treatment

Last update 08:20 | 22/06/2017
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Experts participating in a workshop on water drainage and waste water treatment management in mid-June agreed that investment in the sector is coming in dribs and drabs.

Nguyen Kim Hoang from the Can Tho City Construction Department said except for the KfW-funded concentrated waste water treatment plant with capacity of 30,000 cubic meters per day, which is under execution, other waste water treatment projects in the city still have not received capital. Tiếp tục đọc

Ducks, fish die en masse in central Vietnamese village

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 06/21/2017 11:18 GMT + 7

Countless farm-raised ducks and fish from a village in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam have been found dead overnight, with the cause yet to be concluded.

The deaths were discovered on Tuesday morning in a section of a stream in An Chanh Village, Dai Tan Commune, Dai Loc District.

After finding out about the mass deaths, local residents gathered at the People’s Committee headquarters in Dai Tan to report the situation.

Ho Minh Hoang, a duck farmer in the area, recalled that he had noticed the water turning opaque as well as an unpleasant odor on Monday night. Tiếp tục đọc

Vietnam’s environment protection chief dismissed over Formosa disaster

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 06/21/2017 18:16 GMT + 7

Luong Duy Hanh is seen in this file photo.

A chief of environmental protection operations under Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been dismissed for his management oversight that had led to the Formosa disaster last year.

Luong Duy Hanh, director of the Department of Control of Environmental Protection Activities, has been removed from his position, a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper said, quoting the decision of the Vietnam Environment Administration.

Results from the Central Inspection Committee showed that Hanh, during his time in office, failed to correctly monitor the activities of the Vietnamese steel subsidiary of Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Group in the north-central province of Ha Tinh. Tiếp tục đọc

Cyclists to challenge the Sơn Trà Mountain Race


Update: June, 21/2017 – 17:00

A zigzag road of Sơn Trà Mountain offers scenic bike race for riders. — VNS Photo Công Thành

ĐÀ NẴNG — More than 100 amateur cyclists will partake in the Sơn Trà Mountain race on Sunday (June 25) promoting the protection of the red-shanked douc langur in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve.

Chairman of the city’s bicycling association Đỗ Anh Tuấn told Việt Nam News that the race aims to encourage local residents and tourists to help protect nature and wildlife in Sơn Trà Nature Reserve. Tiếp tục đọc

Peak oil in the South China Sea (part 2)

China’s crude oil production has apparently peaked and is back to where it was at the beginning of 2010.

Fig 1: China’s crude oil production

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Bi kịch của 300 nghìn hỗ trợ/tháng để “hít bụi” cả chục năm

– 135 QUANG ĐẠI 7:36 AM, 13/06/2017 

Tàu chở xăng dầu tại cảng Xuân Hải, “thủ phạm” gây ra mùi hôi “tra tấn” người dân. Ảnh: QĐ

“Chúng tôi không muốn nói nữa, vì kiến nghị đã quá nhiều, tại các hội nghị tiếp xúc cử tri các cấp, các đoàn về kiểm tra cũng đã quá nhiều, công ty họ cũng đã hứa sẽ di dời. Nhưng rồi tất cả đâu lại vào đấy, máy cứ nổ, bụi vẫn bay, dân vẫn cứ chịu khổ, không ăn, không ngủ được…” – ông Nguyễn Văn Vân – Bí thư chi bộ thôn Lam Long, xã Xuân Hải (Nghi Xuân, Hà Tĩnh) – kêu cứu với phóng viên Lao Động.

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Vietnam’s rice granary endangered by water shortage

Last update 10:54 | 20/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – The weaker water flow towards the downstream Mekong River has caused drought in  The Mekong Delta, affecting the livelihood of millions of people in the area.

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The rains in June 2017 helped cool down the land in the Delta. The Central Hydrometeorological Forecast Center said the floods this year may be a little higher than previous years.

This is a great opportunity for locals to store water in the context of big changes in the Mekong water flow due to water exploitation in the upper course by hydropower plants and water diversion projects. Tiếp tục đọc

PM orders probe into Dak Lak illegal logging

Last update 16:58 | 16/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked Dak Lak Province’s People’s Committee to investigate illegal logging in Ea Sup District.

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Timbers cut down by illegal loggers seized by Dak Lak Province’s forest protection division. — Photo

The PM’s order has been prompted by several reports in local newspapers since early March about large-scale deforestation in the district. For example, the Nhan dan (People) newspaper reported that forest rangers had seized nearly 100 cubic metres of wood cut down by illegal loggers in a two-month period. Tiếp tục đọc

CGIAR WLE Mekong resources

CGIAR: Consultative Group for International Agriculture Research

WLE: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

Greater Mekong: The Greater Mekong Region


WLE Greater Mekong resources include:

Resource Repository

A searchable repository of resource outputs including papers, posters, videos and presentations. Many from the 12 years (2002-2014) of CPWF. Access here.

State of Knowledge Papers

Highlighted separately, this series presents easy-to-read and comprehensive papers about subjects relevant to Mekong hydropower development. Access here


The Dams Map and Portal displays all known dams in our four focus river basins. Here you can also find access to our dams database. Access here.


3 lý do tại sao Quyền sở hữu tài sản là tối cần thiết cho hệ sinh thái môi trường lành mạnh.

English: 3 Reasons Property Rights Are Essential for Healthy Ecosystems

Chúng ta đều nghe đến những con số thống kê về sự sụp đổ hệ sinh thái. Hơn một tỉ người sống ở vùng khan hiếm nước. 30% rừng trên thế giới đã bị phá huỷ, và 20% bị suy thoái. Và gần 500 triệu người sống ở những vùng đất khô cằn ngày càng dễ bị ảnh hưởng bởi biến đổi khí hậu.

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Developing small-scale hydropower is a big mistake: experts

Last update 07:50 | 19/06/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – As requested by the National Assembly, in 2013 the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) decided to remove 400 small-scale hydropower projects out of the hydropower development program. But many projects were then carried out in the mountainous provinces of Ha Giang and Cao Bang.

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In other countries, small-scale hydropower plants with capacity of several megawatts which serve a small number of households are located in areas far from the national grid. The don’t interfere with agricultural production.

Twenty years ago, Vietnam was thirsty for capital and power and called for investments in the power sector from different sources.

As requested by the National Assembly, in 2013 the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) decided to remove 400 small-scale hydropower projects out of the hydropower development program.

In the first years of the 21st century, thousands of hydropower projects were approved, designed and executed on thousands of rivers and streams.

Many projects were still on paper, but the supporting works were completed: the forests were felled to create roads to the sites and agricultural land was taken back to make room for the project.

As the people’s lives were upset, scientists and local authorities reported the problems to the National Assembly. The government in 2013 submitted to the National Assembly a list of small-scale hydropower projects to be removed from the hydropower development plan. Tiếp tục đọc