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Published on 1 March 2016
In China, it was believed that the changes to rivers predicted the rise and fall of dynasties. It’s a belief that became so ingrained, Emperors sacrificed vast resources to control rivers in the hope of staving off war or revolution. Similarly, governments in the Mekong are now attempting to harness the river’s power. The river serves the livelihoods of over 60 million people –…
Published on 22 February 2016
Hoang Duc Cuong, Director of the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting (NCHMF), issued the forecast at a conference held late last week to review the national program on natural disaster and flood prevention, and prepare a plan for 2016-2020. This year, El Niño's weather pattern is expected to have a negative impact on natural disasters in the country, according to Cuong. Cuong also revealed…
Published on 1 February 2016
In a statement (vn) released on 19th January, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated the government’s intention to “review development plans of all new coal plants and halt any new coal power development”. In addition, the Premier stated that Vietnam needs to “responsibly implement all international commitments in cutting down greenhouse gas emissions; and to accelerate investment in renewable energy.” an implied reference…
Published on 4 January 2016
Dressed in red, Madam Dam Thi Quyen, a 57-year-old mother of three grown-up children, sits by her shack on the road south of Can Tho city among the green rice paddies, shrimp farms and deep rivers of Vietnam's Mekong Delta. She has a problem, she says - her 1.5ha of rice fields are on the "wrong side of the dyke". "I have to…
Published on 14 December 2015
In a statement yesterday, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Spokesman Le Hai Binh said that the ratification of the deal at the 2015 United National Climate Change Conference on Saturday night was also an important step in global efforts in dealing with climate change. "The world community needs to have strong political determination and effective co-operation to seriously and appropriately implement the Paris deal," Binh said…
Published on 1 December 2015
The reductions will rise to 25 percent if the country receives help from the international community. The report also discusses adaptation to climate change, which includes ongoing activities, addressing missing links in institutions, policies, finance, human resources, technology and climate change-adapting measures for 2021 to 2030. The report was compiled by ministries and research agencies in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, international organizations and development…
Published on 16 November 2015
Bui Van Sim, a farmer in Le Giao village, Thoi Binh district of Ca Mau Province, explained: "This year's crop is totally lost. Saltwater has appeared everywhere. There is no rain; almost 100% of the rice has died." Ca Mau is a lowland, of which some parts are about to be under sea level, so flooding and seawater encroachment happen frequently. In recent years…
Published on 9 November 2015
At a recent seminar on promoting tech parks and resource recovery in HCMC, experts discussed the feasibility of developing eco-IPs (EIPs) and ways to find funding for environmental projects in Vietnam. The seminar was organized by the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Support Center 2 (SMEDEC 2) and the Taiwan Green Productivity Foundation (TGPF). Yi-Fan Liao of TGPF presented models of building new EIPs…
Published on 9 November 2015
The event was organized to encourage all parties involved in the 2015 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), including Vietnam, to ensure the rights and benefits of ethnic minorities were protected, as well as their ability to participate in climate change response. Vietnamese ethnic groups including the Tay, Nung and Thai are facing critical impacts of climate change, such as flooding…
Published on 2 November 2015
At the seminar on Vietnam’s contributions to mitigating the impact of climate change, Nguyen Khac Hieu, deputy head of the Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, said Vietnam’s GHG emissions reduction projects are mostly in the fields of energy, agriculture, land use and waste treatment. Total greenhouse gas emissions in Vietnam are forecast to amount to around 787 million tons of carbon dioxide…
Published on 12 October 2015 Vietnam
The city is drawing up a Climate Change Action Plan for 2016-2020. Assisting in the task is a computer simulation model developed by the Japan National Institute for Environment Research, Kyoto University and other Asia-Pacific institutes. The goal of the Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM) is to design and evaluate global climate stability policy in general and in the Asia-Pacific in particular. AIM has helped…
Published on 12 October 2015 Vietnam
The event is part of activities to complete the readiness package (R-package) report, which enables Vietnam to join the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), before it is submitted to the FCPF in January 2016. The FCPF is funding REDD+ readiness preparation support in Vietnam with 3.8 million USD from 2013-2015. Participants at the conference agreed that thanks to the early formation of the National…
Published on 5 October 2015 Vietnam
The tough issues were discussed yesterday at the 4th National Environmental Conference's plenary session held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment every five years to evaluate environmental progress and map out new goals. Head of the Viet Nam Environment Administration Nguyen Van Tai said that challenges were made more complicated by the developing impact of climate change. He also spoke of the…
Published on 28 September 2015 Vietnam
The Facing the Climate exhibition in Vietnam is presented by the Swedish Institute, Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi, Manzi and the National Library of Vietnam. “Facing the Climate” is part of a concerted drive, conceptualized by the Swedish Institute, to promote critical sustainable development under the heading “Facing the Future – Sustainability the Swedish Way”. The initiative began in December 2009 in…
Published on 21 September 2015 Vietnam
He made it clear that countries’ joint effort to cut down greenhouse gas emissions should be based on their specific capacity and conditions and take into account the development demand of developing nations and the historical responsibility of developed ones. An agreement expected to be reached at COP 21 must reflect the principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and cover adaptation…
Published on 14 September 2015 Vietnam
Due low incomes leading to weak construction and being located near a path for heavy storms, the citizens of Duc Tho have spent the past decade rebuilding structures they know could disappear the next day. RE-AINBOW has entered the community to serve as a permanent, storm-proof structure with both static and dynamic qualities. As a static station, it offers permanent aid for citizens in…
Published on 18 August 2015
The international project aims to maintain crop productivity in the face of climate change, disease resistance and salt tolerance – and to potentially develop higher-value rice varieties for the global market. As part of the Newton Fund, TGAC has been awarded over £50,000 by The British Council to develop the bioinformatics capabilities. These will inform next-generation rice genomics in Vietnam to aid precision…
Published on 31 July 2015
There have been warnings about such a situation for years, but authorities in Vietnam have failed to work out measures to solve the issue. Climate change has become more serious and its adverse impacts can be seen now in the region, not just in forecasts as before. Many areas have no fresh water, and saline water has increased amid the rainy season. Other areas…
Published on 31 July 2015
That means almost double 2010's levels of 246.8 million tons of CO2-equivalents, according to deputy director of the Industrial Safety Techniques and Environment Department, Tran Van Luong. The event reviewed the Ministry of Industry and Trade's implementation of the National Target Programme To Respond to Climate Change in the 2010-15 period. Luong noted that the energy sector contributed the largest amount, with 141 million…
Published on 29 July 2015
At the same time these storms and floods are wreaking havoc on the country’s infrastructure and economy as they devastate dikes, canals, livestock and thousands of hectares of crops annually. "We have to quicken our actions on mitigation, reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and adaptation," said Hoang Van Thang, deputy minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) at a recent…
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