VietNamNet Bridge - The fish caught from the Mekong River alone make up 3.1 percent of Vietnam’s GDP. In a recent publication, scientists, together with the Mekong River Commission (MRC), said the Mekong River, the 12th longest in the world, will be affected by hydropower dams proposed on the river’s upper course. The fisheries alone can bring $17 billion a year, making up about 3 percent of GDP of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, said the MRC. The figures were based on the report that 4.4 million tons of aquatic products are caught from the river every year. The total value of the global fisheries was $130 billion in 2015 as reported, while the Mekong alone brought 13 percent. The report shows Vietnam earns $5.74 billion from fisheries on the Mekong, or 3.1 percent of the country’s GDP. Meanwhile, Thailand earns $6.72 billion, or 1.8 percent of its GDP. The role played by the Mekong in smaller economies proves to be even more important. Fishing and … [Read more...] about How much economic value does the Mekong River bring to Vietnam?
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VN, US in agreement on boosting relations (04-07-2009) Ambassador Michael Michalak spoke to Viet Nam News on the occasion of Independence Day in the United States. Did you consider the past year as a successful year for the relationship between Viet Nam and the US in terms of both trade and politics? Let me begin first by wishing everyone a Happy US Independence Day. The Fourth of July is a very special day for Americans, a truly happy day. In the US, it is a day for friends and families, for barbecues and picnics and fireworks. Everyone celebrates. It's not quite like any other holiday I know and it's a lot of fun. We do it differently overseas of course, and here in Viet Nam I am honoured to mark the day with Senior Vietnamese Government officials and fellow diplomats. I am moved by the fact that as the representative of a country once at war with Viet Nam, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and I can now raise a toast to our two countries, with genuine wishes … [Read more...] about VN, US in agreement on boosting relations
This, which is the central theme proposed in the annual flagship report of the world’s leading development organisation, is a reflection that at every level climate change considerations impact on the development process must be taken into account. The WDR urges us to "Act Now, Act Together, Act Differently". The development challenges of climate change are more or less significant in each country and in each sector. The bank considers that the likely negative impacts of climate change place Vietnam among the countries where this is of most concern for the national growth and development. If it is a certainty that we need to do something, it is also true that the world has never faced such an urgent challenge for which so much uncertainty reigns. There is increasing scientific consensus around predictions of what will happen to the world’s climate over the next 100 years. But, we are dealing with very complex systems and changes and there is a small chance that they could … [Read more...] about Act Now, Together and Differently
Garbage in Vietnam is a current concern. Along with economic development, population growth plus the waste of resources in the living habits of people, waste is an increasing number, its components become more complex and potentially more toxic risk harmful to the environment and human health. Statistics show that the growth rate of household waste in both urban and rural, industrial waste, health in our country faster than other countries, from 2003 to 2008 increase 2 times. The situation in recent times has become urgent, especially in the three largest cities: Hanoi, Ho. Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. According to statistics in Hanoi, the volume of waste increased by an average 15%/year, with total estimated 5000 tons/day, and expected only in 2012 can no more room for garbage. Ho Chi Minh City has over 7,000 tons per day waste each year to 235 billion for treat. Recently, the situation of indiscriminate littering as well as gaps in the processing of waste into landfill problem in … [Read more...] about Waste and stories relating to waste
Southeast Asia plays an important position in the discussions about the global environment, because of the complex issues in terms of politics, economics and society, this region are still facing with many environmental issues across borders, including with transboundary haze and pollution, water resources management in the Mekong sub-region, environmental issues in the South China Sea and the trade exchangeof natural resources. Transboundary haze and pollution Forest fire is considered one of the reasons causing biodiversity degradation in Southeast Asia. Because forest fires will generate smog and then it spreads to other countries. Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand had been impacted severelyby forest fires in Indonesia. It is noteworthy that, forest fires in Indonesia come from large-scale oil palm plantations for commercial purposes. The problem which needs to be solved is that the economic benefits and environmental damage - a trade-offs of a country has caused impacts … [Read more...] about How to cope with environmental issues across borders?