How environmental crime became an EU security priority for 2018-21

The next goal for conservation NGOs is to ensure the EU’s raw ivory export ban is actually implemented. An EU public consultation on ivory is expected soon. [USFWS Mountain-Prairie / Flickr]

euractive_In May 2017, EU justice ministers decided that environmental crimes – including wildlife trafficking and waste crimes – would be one of the EU’s ten priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-21 policy cycle. Catherine Bearder evokes how this decision came to being.
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Flood death toll rises to 73

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Update: October, 16/2017 – 17:00

Search and rescue efforts look for missing people washed away by the flood water in northern Yên Bái Province. – VNA/VNS Photo Thế Duyệt

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HÀ NỘI — The casualty toll in the devastated flood in Việt Nam’s northern and central regions has increased to 73, whilst another 30 remain missing.

The National Search and Rescue Committee and the Ministry of National Defence’s Department of Rescue on Sunday released the latest joint updates on the disaster that struck and left eight provinces in misery five days ago. Continue reading “Flood death toll rises to 73”

54 dead, 39 missing after depression

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Update: October, 14/2017 – 08:00

Rapidly increasing water levels in Đáy River has submerged Yên Bằng Commune, Ý Yên District, in the northern province of Nam Định. VNA/VNS Photo Công Luật
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — At least 54 people died, 31 others were injured and 39 are missing due to heavy rains and floods triggered by a tropical depression hitting northern and central localities in recent days, according to National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention. Continue reading “54 dead, 39 missing after depression”

Air quality getting worse as legal loopholes still exists

Last update 14:17 | 11/10/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The air pollution in Vietnam is increasing in urban areas and industrial zones, mostly due to legal loopholes. vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, air pollution, MONRE, Hanoi

The air quality measured at different monitoring stations in Hanoi and HCMC has been continuously ‘unhealthy’.

At 8am on October 6, the air quality index (AQI) measured at the US Embassy area in Hanoi was 126, meaning it is ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’. Continue reading “Air quality getting worse as legal loopholes still exists”

What will Vietnam’s seafood industry do if it receives yellow card from the EU?

 Last update 08:00 | 11/10/2017
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Ngo Viet Hoai, deputy general director of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Seafood Processing & Import/Export Company, said if the EU gives a yellow card warning, 100 percent of seafood containers to be exported to the EU will be subject to inspection in terms of fishing sources. Continue reading “What will Vietnam’s seafood industry do if it receives yellow card from the EU?”

Factories secretly dump wastewater into heavily polluted Ho Chi Minh City canal

The Ba Bo Canal has varied in color from murky to foamy since 2003

By Tuoi Tre News

October 10, 2017, 18:00 GMT+7

Factories secretly dump wastewater into heavily polluted Ho Chi Minh City canal
A section of the Ba Bo Canal that runs through Provincial Highway No. 43 in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, is filled with white foam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Factories in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring Binh Duong Province have secretly been dumping industrial wastewater into an already seriously contaminated canal, leaving local officials scratching their heads.

The heavily polluted Ba Bo Canal, which snakes along from Binh Duong Province, approximately 30km from Ho Chi Minh City, to the southern hub’s Thu Duc District, has been a serious issue for a decade.

The water’s condition has remained mostly unchanged despite a costly project to ‘clean’ the channel that began in 2008. Continue reading “Factories secretly dump wastewater into heavily polluted Ho Chi Minh City canal”

Man responsible for deforestation arrested

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Update: October, 10/2017 – 15:00

As many as 61ha of natural forest in An Lão District was totally destroyed. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
Viet Nam News BÌNH ĐỊNH — The general director of Thương Thảo Joint Stock Company, Lê Văn Thiệt, was placed under temporary detention for investigation into deforestation activities, the police of central Bình Định Province said.

Thiệt will remain in custody for four months. Continue reading “Man responsible for deforestation arrested”

Nóng bỏng chuyện đấu giá gỗ cao su

Trong khi giá mủ cao su đang lên dần, thì giá gỗ cao su cũng không ngừng tăng sau khi Thủ tướng ra lệnh đóng hoàn toàn việc khai thác gỗ rừng tự nhiên. Tình trạng khan hiếm nguồn gỗ nguyên liệu cho công nghiệp chế biến, xuất khẩu khiến việc lùng mua và các chiêu trò can thiệp vào những phiên đấu giá gỗ cao su trở nên phức tạp, nhộn nhạo chưa từng có.

Khai thác gỗ cao su ở huyện Krông Nô tỉnh Đắk Nông

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Sesan dam goes online, while PM dismisses environmental concerns

A worker stands in front of the Lower Sesan II Dam as it was put online yesterday in Stung Treng province. The controversial hydropower structure is expected to provide a boost to the Kingdom’s electricity supply but is also expected to cause significant damage to fisheries.

A worker stands in front of the Lower Sesan II Dam as it was put online yesterday in Stung Treng province. The controversial hydropower structure is expected to provide a boost to the Kingdom’s electricity supply but is also expected to cause significant damage to fisheries. Hong Menea
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The floodgates of the largest and most controversial dam project in the country’s history officially closed yesterday at an inauguration ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who took aim at environmentalists, ambassadors and NGOs in a wide-ranging speech.

During his one-hour address, the prime minister said the Lower Sesan II Dam, near the border with Laos in Stung Treng province, would lower electricity costs and put the Kingdom on its way to hooking up every village in the country to the electricity grid by 2022. Continue reading “Sesan dam goes online, while PM dismisses environmental concerns”

Death by dam for the Mekong

Laos’ Pak Beng dam, developed by China and supported by Thailand, has divided riparian nations over how best to manage the river’s resources

Chiang Khong, September 14, 2017 4:46 PM (UTC+8)

Water levels run low on the Mekong River. Photo: AFP Forum/Paritta Wangkiat

Water levels run low on the Mekong River. Photo: AFP Forum/Paritta Wangkiat

VN needs environmental security strategy: experts

Last update 09:40 | 07/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam needs a national strategy to combine environmental protection with socio-economic development policies, Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sinh, president of the Viet Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment said in a talk held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the Viet Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment in Ha Noi recently. 

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Despite many bilateral and multilateral co-operation mechanisms on water resource development and protection, Viet Nam still lacks the ability to maintain autonomy and satisfy its water needs. — Photo giaothongvantai.vn

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Man spends 20 years to conquer forest

Last update 07:20 | 05/08/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Living in the southern-most province of Ca Mau since his life was difficult, Tran Van Xe has spent more than 20 years here or near the area.

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Tran Van Xe has spent more than 20 years of his life to protect and plant trees in the Tam Giang Protective Forest. — Photo danviet.vn

It takes more than an hour by boat from the centre of Tam Giang Dong Commune in Nam Can District to Xe’s house.

His house is surrounded by mangroves.

Xe joined the revolutionary resistance war in 1965 and fought in the south. Then he fought in Cambodia and suffered an injury on his right leg. Continue reading “Man spends 20 years to conquer forest”

Vietnam to launch tours through Son Doong Cave as controversial ladder installation backed

Oxalis has been allowed to take tourists through Son Doong from entrance to exit from 2018

By Tuoi Tre News

October 7, 2017, 15:01 GMT+7

Vietnam to launch tours through Son Doong Cave as controversial ladder installation backed
The ladder at the ‘Vietnamese Wall’ inside Son Doong. Photo: Oxalis
Quang Binh authorities have finally approved a plan to install a ladder inside the north-central province’s famous Son Doong Cave, allowing tourists to explore through out the world’s biggest natural cave instead of returning to exit after reaching its end.

The Quang Binh administration has green-lighted the ‘ladder solution’ despite widely objections that it may destroy the stalactites that are millions of years old inside Son Doong. Continue reading “Vietnam to launch tours through Son Doong Cave as controversial ladder installation backed”

Eco-tourism should not destroy biodiversity: experts

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Update: October, 06/2017 – 09:00

Tourists go kayaking on Chày River in the Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park in Quảng Bình Province. — VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Instead of being wary about investors, tourism management authorities should collaborate with them in preserving the natural environment, says Dr Nguyễn Hoàng Trí, Secretary of the National Committee for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) in Việt Nam.

With about 2.3 million hectares of special use forests (SUF), 31 national parks and 68 natural reserves, and dozens of other forests, Việt Nam is seen as a prime eco-tourism destination.

However, rapid and haphazard development of tourism infrastructure in natural reserves and SUFs in the last few years has raised concerns that development was taking place at the expense of the environment. Continue reading “Eco-tourism should not destroy biodiversity: experts”