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Published on 7 June 2017
According to the Global Risk Index 2017, Viet Nam ranks among the top 10 countries affected by the impacts of weather-related events. Since the 1970s, disasters have caused more than 500 deaths annually in Viet Nam, and cost more than 1.5 per cent of GDP in economic losses. These costs could well rise to 3-5 per cent of GDP by 2030. UNDP Deputy Country…
Published on 7 June 2017
The only time a higher temperature was recorded in the city was 42.8C in May 1926. But this temperature reading is unreliable. The combination of high temperatures - in excess of 40C - and humidity rendered the area around Hoan Kiem Lake, a popular destination with locals and tourist alike, a virtual no-go area. The heatwave, brought about by a flow of warm air from…
Published on 6 June 2017
“Political will and mitigation measures need to be built within the countries sharing the Mekong River,” he said.“Some hydropower projects have been planned despite growing concern from the community. State leaders in upstream countries need to take the interest of those in downstream regions into consideration. Those projects may cause impacts on water security in the region.”Toan said more than 10 million people in the…
Published on 23 May 2017
The targets are among the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, focusing on the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) programme from 2017-2030 recently approved by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. The REDD+ programme will be implemented across the country, focused in areas prone to deforestation and forest-degradation. From now to 2020, the programme…
Published on 23 May 2017
In January, even as Environment Minister Say Sam Al told reporters in Phnom Penh that large-scale logging was all but finished in Cambodia, loggers working for Vietnamese timber traders were cutting in Ratanakkiri’s protected areas in a “systematic” cross-border raid on the eastern Kingdom’s forests. The Post’s investigations and information obtained in the past week, combined with evidence from forest monitors, villagers in the area…
Published on 19 April 2017
It also gave a chance for both domestic and foreign scientists and agencies to share knowledge about science and technology, and experience in preventing environmental disasters by practical solutions. Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Viet Thanh said that climate change has been making challenges on water resources more complicated and unpredictable. River water and ground water levels are decreasing, while the sea level…
Published on 14 March 2017
Head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Institute for Policy and Strategy of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Dai Nghia made the statement on the sidelines of the group’s meeting from February 25-27, which was part of the first Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM-1) underway in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa. According to Nghia, Vietnam…
Published on 3 March 2017
Hà Văn Siêu, Deputy General Director of the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism, said the conference would be held in June.He spoke to Vietnam News Agency reporters on the sidelines of a workshop on sustainable tourism hosted by the Tourism Working Group (TWG) as part of the first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 1) in Khánh Hòa Province on Thursday.The conference would make recommendations…
Published on 3 March 2017
Thúy Tranviet/Provided Students harvest vegetables on a farm in Bến Tre, the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. The trip was part of an interdisciplinary course, “Climate Change Awareness and Service Learning in the Mekong Delta,” led by Michael Hoffmann and Thúy Tranviet. In the fall, the students took classes that introduced them to global climate change and Vietnamese language, culture and history. From Jan. 3-18 the group…
Published on 14 November 2016
Vietnam had officially ratified the Paris Agreement, which went into force globally on Friday, the environment ministry confirmed. The ratification on October 31 showed Vietnam's efforts in joining international communities to deal with climate change, the most serious challenge to our planet, the ministry said. Under the historic agreement, countries that have ratified the accord, including the U.S. and China, have an obligation to limit…
Published on 14 November 2016
The eighth Vietwater and the second RE & EE Vietnam 2016 Expo & Forum officially kicked off on Wednesday at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, bringing new technologies in water and energy sectors. The opening event was attended by Phan Thi My Linh, Vice Minister of Construction, Cao Lai Quang, Chairman of Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association, and M.Gandhi, Managing Director ASEAN Business…
Published on 10 November 2016
The State leader expressed his delight at the developing ties between Vietnam and Israel in all fields, ranging from politics, security and defense to science-technology and agriculture. Vietnam and Israel should speed up negotiations for the signing of a bilateral trade agreement and open a direct route between the two countries, thus facilitating their economic and tourism cooperation, he said. The two sides…
Published on 10 November 2016
Climate change Heightened concerns over the Delta’s future followed an extreme drought this year that resulted in sharply higher salinity levels intruding into the delta. Rice production fell 1.1 million tons according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Sydney University professor Philip Hirsch says climate change’s impact is evident due to more extreme weather. “Climate change, sea level rise in particular, but…
Published on 19 October 2016
The event was jointly held by the Ninh Thuan People’s Committee, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Food and Agriculture and Organisation (FAO) in Vietnam. MARD Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh said Vietnam is among countries most vulnerable to climate change, which is projected to reduce Vietnam’s rice output by 7.2 million tonnes and affect nearly one third of its cultivation…
Published on 11 October 2016
Jim Yong Kim said leaders in Hanoi are considering plans for up to 40 gigawatts of new coal power, believing it will be cheaper than solar, wind and other forms of renewables. “When I ask them about using renewables they say ‘we would but it’s too expensive’,” he said. Coal is 9 cents a kilowatt hour and the tariff for solar is 12-13 cents, but…
Published on 3 October 2016
Furthermore, the province has constructed wood processing plants along with material areas while enhancing the win-win cooperation between enterprises and local people. It has piloted a project to allow State-owned businesses to manage protective forests and encouraged the growing of trees in families, residential clusters and urban areas. Thanks to these efforts, Lao Cai’s forest coverage rate increased to 53 percent in 2015…
Published on 26 September 2016
The EU Delegation to Việt Nam and embassies of some EU countries held a press conference on climate change in Hà Nội on Wednesday. The event was part of the European Climate Diplomacy Week in the country from September 19-25. Ambassador and head of the EU Delegation to Việt Nam Bruno Angelet said the EU had assisted the Vietnamese Government to build a report on…
Published on 26 September 2016
What are the negative impacts of severe weather on the power sector this year? Severe weather this year has seriously impacted the power sector. In recent years, the weather pattern has changed quite a lot. As a result, the tasks of preventing and dealing with natural calamities, and search and rescue of victims, have been incorporated into legislation. If in the past we only…
Published on 20 September 2016
A new generation of Vietnamese engineers are being introduced to the concept of green infrastructure and bioengineering that can be used to reduce the vulnerability of infrastructure to climate change. This September, ICEM team led a group of professors and students from University of Transport and Communications (UTC) on a field visit to a bioengineering demonstration site in Thai Nguyen. The roadside slope, located at…
Published on 14 September 2016
He thanked Canada for its financial assistance worth US$11.6 million, which was announced during the Canadian diplomat’s visit, to help Việt Nam fight against climate change. The President said he wished the Canadian Parliament would soon approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), creating conditions to promote high-standard free trade in the region. He proposed that the two countries expand people-to-people exchanges and co-operation in the areas…
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