The environment ministry has yet to approve a proposal on the dumping of 2.5 million cubic metres of waste mud into the sea (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) has yet to approve a proposal from a thermo electric power project on the dumping of 2.5 million cubic metres of waste mud into the local sea. The project on building infrastructure for the Quang Trach electricity power complex in the central province of Quang Binh, is seeking permission from governmental agencies to dump the mud, which is dredged during the construction of a harbour for the transport of coal for the power plants in the complex. Nguyen The Dong, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Environmental Administration, said when approving the project’s report on environmental impact assessment in December last year, the ministry had not permitted the dumping and required the project’s investor to continue assessing environmental impacts of the … [Read more...] about Ministry not yet allow dumping of 2.5 million cu.m of mud into sea
Workers sort waste at a waste treatment factory (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – As domestic solid waste has long been piling up and become an acute issue in Vietnam for a long time, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) is developing a project to improve waste treatment and management in both rural and urban areas. According to deputy head of the MoNRE’s Vietnam Environment Administration Hoang Van Thuc, increased mounds of rubbish have posed great challenges to treatment process across all localities. He explained how the average daily disposal of solid waste is 0.4kg per person in rural areas. The amount recorded in Red River and Mekong Delta regions is 0.5kg due to intensive farming activities. Meanwhile, that in northern mountainous localities is estimated at 0.3kg. The classification of solid waste before treatment has been carried out in such localities as Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Hanoi, Thua Thien-Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, and Can Tho city; however, it … [Read more...] about Vietnam takes measures to treat increase in domestic waste
The direction of typhoon Bebinca (Photo: nchmf.gov.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – Typhoon Bebinca, the fourth storm to hit Vietnam this year, made landfall in the north central province of Thanh Hoa and weakened into a tropical low pressure early August 17, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. The north and north central regions have seen moderate to heavy rain (rainfall from 50mm to 150mm) since August 16 evening, posing a risk of flash flood and landslides in mountainous localities, especially Lai Chau, Son La, Hoa Binh, Yen Bai, Phu tho, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An. The centre also warned of floods in low-lying areas and urban areas in the Red River Delta and the north central provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An. On August 16, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung made a field trip to Thanh Hoa to inspect its preparation for the storm, urging the province to mobilise all resources in order to protect the lives and property of local residents. He asked … [Read more...] about Typhoon Bebinca makes landfall in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge - The legal provision that breeding elephants could be subject to court proceedings has raised controversy. Hoang Thi Minh Huong, Deputy Judge of the Lam Dong People's Court The Judges Council of the Supreme People's Court, with Change and WildlifeAid, recently organized a workshop about its draft resolution that guides the implementation of several Penal Code provisions on wildlife related crimes. The draft resolution stipulates that from January 1, 2018, persons who illegally store wild animals or parts of their bodies, or products of wild, endangered, rare and precious animals (such as ivory) will be examined for penal liability as defined in Article 234 and Article 244 of the 2015 Penal Code. Hoang Thi Minh Huong, Deputy Judge of the Lam Dong provincial People's Court, said there are many forests in this locality, including the Cat Tien National Park. However, in the last four years, the provincial court has only tried two cases related to breeding in captivity … [Read more...] about Does a new law prohibit elephant breeding?
Primary students plant herbal trees in their school garden. — VNS Photo Tố NhưViet Nam News HA NOI — Students at Phụng Thượng Primary School in Hà Nội’s Phúc Thọ District have started a campaign to stop the use of bear bile by planting medicinal shrubs as a replacement. The campaign launched by the Animals Asia Foundation in collaboration with Hà Nội’s Forest Management Department aims to stop the use of bear bile and protect the wild animals. The students were instructed by forest rangers and animal experts to plant more than 32 medicinal species in the school’s 200sq.m-botanical garden. The plants shared similar properties to bear bile, according to a book published by the Việt Nam Traditional Medicine Organisation. According to a foundation representative, the garden would help the students to learn about the medicinal effects of plants. The students also plan to campaign in the … [Read more...] about Primary students campaign to stop use of bear gall