Urbanization worsens environment along Huong River

Last update 08:28 | 03/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Along Huong River, from mountain to estuary, the environment is at risk of being disrupted by natural disasters and urbanization.

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With its geographic characteristics, Thua Thien Hue has played an important role in the development of Vietnam.

More than 350 years ago, on the banks of the Perfume River, there was an urban area called Kim Long-Kieng Hue, the capital of Dang Trong kingdom (an area of Vietnamese southwards expansion during the 17th century Trinh–Nguyen War). Continue reading “Urbanization worsens environment along Huong River”


World Bank to cease financing upstream oil and gas after 2019

December 12, 2017 / 7:58 AM
Reuters Staff

PARIS (Reuters) – The World Bank will no longer finance upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, apart from certain gas projects in the poorest countries in exceptional circumstances, it said on Tuesday, drawing praise from environmental groups. Continue reading “World Bank to cease financing upstream oil and gas after 2019”

Đà Nẵng beaches face worst erosion in decades

vietnamnews Update: December, 08/2017 – 16:00

Temporary concrete blocks are set up to prevent beach erosion in Đà Nẵng City. — VNS Photo Công Thành
Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG — A 500m section of beach in Ngũ Hành Sơn District of the central city of Đà Nẵng has been seriously eroded by uninterrupted rain and rising sea waves in the last two months.

Water has approached an under-construction resort and washed away 500m of sand on the beach.

The owner of the Song Đà Nẵng beach villa project set up a line of concrete blocks to limit the erosion, but it continued to reach towards the villas. Continue reading “Đà Nẵng beaches face worst erosion in decades”

Tây Nguyên giao rừng tràn lan – 4 bài


Tây Nguyên giao rừng tràn lan
Bài 1: Rừng cộng đồng bị… “cộng đồng” phá!

Trong thời gian qua, các tỉnh Tây Nguyên đã giao nhiều diện tích rừng tự nhiên cho cộng đồng, cá nhân, nhóm hộ… để bảo vệ, quản lý và phát triển rừng. Nhưng mô hình giao rừng này đã nhanh chóng thất bại vì chủ nhân được giao rừng lại phá rừng hoặc bỏ mặc rừng bị phá.

Rừng Tây Nguyên có vai trò đặc biệt quan trọng, không những cho nội vùng mà còn chi phối rất lớn đến nguồn nước, môi trường sinh thái và phát triển kinh tế – xã hội của các tỉnh ven biển miền Trung, Đông Nam bộ và ĐBSCL. Trong những năm qua, các tỉnh Tây Nguyên đã thực hiện nhiều chính sách giao đất, giao rừng cho người dân và doanh nghiệp để bảo vệ rừng. Lợi dụng các chính sách này, nhiều cá nhân và doanh nghiệp đã ngang nhiên chặt phá, chuyển đổi rừng tràn lan để lấy đất sản xuất nông nghiệp.

Inspection on Đà Nẵng’s projects begins

vietnamnews Update: December, 07/2017 – 08:30

An embankement of the Đa Phước International Urban Project is built on coastal Nguyễn Tất Thành Street, Đà Nẵng City. The project will be inspected by Government agencies for possible of violations. — VNS Photo Công Thành
ĐÀ NẴNG — The Government Inspectorate of Việt Nam (GIV) will begin inspection on the controversial Đa Phước International Urban project, along with all investment and construction projects on the protected Sơn Trà Peninsula.The inspection will consider land use and land management practices and forest and environmental protection on the peninsula, 10km from the city. Continue reading “Inspection on Đà Nẵng’s projects begins”

Ministry takes action in response to EU’s warning of IUU fishing


Update: December, 04/2017 – 09:00

A processing line of frozen shrimp for exports. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved a plan to implement urgent solutions in response to the European Union’s (EU’s) warning about illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Many solutions have been devised according to the EU’s recommendations. They include aligning the legal framework with regional and international regulations, implementing effectively the amended legal regulations for IUU fishing, and implementing effectively the international regulations and management measures through strict punishment. Continue reading “Ministry takes action in response to EU’s warning of IUU fishing”

New forestry law looks beyond protection to development

Last update 15:51 | 26/11/2017

Ha Cong Tuan, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, speaks to the Vietnam Economic Times about his ministry’s resolve to make forests a key resource for national economic development.

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How does the 2017 Law on Forestry compare to the 2004 Law on Forestry Protection and Development?

The new forestry law consists of 12 chapters with 108 articles stipulating management, protection, development and use of forests, along with processing and trade of forest products. The law will come into force on January 1st 2019. Continue reading “New forestry law looks beyond protection to development”

Formosa exceeds emission limit after raising capacity for evaluation: Vietnam ministry

The steel business was responsible for mass fish deaths along the central coast of Vietnam in 2016

A Formosa steel plant in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Recent reports of emissions exceeding the permissible amount at Formosa steel mills in north-central Ha Tinh Province were the result of a raised capacity to evaluate the company’s emission treatment system, Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has said.

The ministry gave the explanation on Saturday afternoon following rumors that the Taiwanese steel business was once again bringing harm to Vietnam’s environment. Continue reading “Formosa exceeds emission limit after raising capacity for evaluation: Vietnam ministry”

Illegal logging destroying Cuc Phuong National Park

Last update 16:30 | 23/11/2017
Illegal logging is rampant at Cuc Phuong National Park despite “the best” efforts of forest rangers.

Cuc Phuong National Park spreads across three northern provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa, covering over 22,000 hectares. It is the first national park in Vietnam, is rich in biodiversity and home to many endangered animals.

However, in the past months, parts of the park in Thanh Yen Commune, Thanh Hoa Province have been destroyed by illegal loggers. Near the forest edge, huge trees were chopped down and next to them is a timber cutting site. The loggers chose random locations that are hundreds of metres away from each other to take down the trees in order to avoid the forest rangers. Continue reading “Illegal logging destroying Cuc Phuong National Park”

Localities urged to protect Đồng Nai River

Update: November, 25/2017 – 09:00

Attendees at the 11th meeting of the Đồng Nai River’s Environmental Protection Committee discuss solutions for environmental protection in the Đồng Nai River basin at a meeting yesterday in HCM City. — VNS Photo Gia Lộc
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment has asked authorities in HCM City and 10 provinces to develop a master plan on effective management of water resources and environmental protection in the Đồng Nai River basin. Continue reading “Localities urged to protect Đồng Nai River”

Rain, waves and rising seas erode Hội An beaches

vietnamnews Update: November, 17/2017 – 09:00

A beach resort building in Hội An is eroded by sea water. — VNS Photo Công Thành
Viet Nam News HỘI AN — Nearly 70 per cent of a newly grown protective forest and a large area of Cửa Đại Beach have been washed away by large waves, intense rains and a higher sea level since last year.

Head of the city’s natural resources and environment office Nguyễn Văn Hiền told Việt Nam News last week that 3ha out of 4.35ha of casuarinas forest have completely eroded, while waves are still smashing into a sea dyke system of Vinpearl Hội An Resort and Villas. Continue reading “Rain, waves and rising seas erode Hội An beaches”

Paper plant pushes out ancient nipa forest

vietnamnews Update: November, 17/2017 – 09:00

A paper mill is under construction in Quảng Ngãi Province. Residents are anxious at its environmental impact. — VNS Photo Công Thành

Viet Nam News QUẢNG NGÃI — Despite warnings of environmental pollution and damage to rich biodiversity, a century-old nipa palm forest in Bình Sơn District, the central province of Quảng Ngãi has approved the construction of a 87ha reservoir to provide water for a wood-pulp plant, VNT19, and other industrial projects in Dung Quất Economic Zone in the district. Continue reading “Paper plant pushes out ancient nipa forest”

HCM City sets environmental protection legal framework

vietnamnews Update: November, 18/2017 – 09:00

A resident of HCM City’s Bình Tân District collects rubbish from Liên Phường Canal. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Dự
HCM CITY — HCM City has improved environmental protection by completing a legal framework for the purpose and, in recent times, refusing licences for polluting plants and generally tightening environment management and oversight, and improving management of rivers and canals.The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has held a series of workshops on environment management, penalised environmental violators, especially those dumping untreated waste directly into water bodies. Continue reading “HCM City sets environmental protection legal framework”

Mekong River Facts


Upstream Mekong River changes through dam building and water usage could have serious consequences on downstream environments, in particular the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Considered the rice basket of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is already at grave risk through climate change sea level rise and intense local development. Mekong Delta citizens are concerned about these risks but and are determined to adapt and survive.

The Mekong has many names.


In China, it is known as the Lancang Jiang, meaning ‘turbulent river’. The Thai and the Lao refer to it as Mae Kong or Mae Nam Kong, meaning ‘mother water’. In the delta, where the river splits into multiple branches, the Vietnamese refer to it as Cuu Long, meaning ‘nine dragons’. Continue reading “Mekong River Facts”