Forest protection and afforestation

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has asked the forestry sector to make efforts to ensure three major goals for sustainable forestry development in the coming time. The Deputy PM made the statement at a conference held in Hanoi on July 20 to implement the sustainable forestry development target programme for 2016-2020 and review the four-year implementation of the National Forest Inventory and Protection Project in the 2013-2016 period. The three goals include forest protection and natural preservation; forestry development to increase forest coverage and improve productivity and quality of forests; and raising the productivity, quality and efficiency of forestry products to improve the people’s lives, protect the environment and ensure security and defence. In order to fulfil the goals, Deputy PM Dung urged the forestry sector to urgently complete institutions, policies and laws, creating a favourable legal environment for forest conservation and development. It is essential to improve the quality of forest and forest land management and planning activities as well as make an overall review and evaluation of forests throughout the country in order to increase the State’s management capacity in managing and monitoring natural resources, he added. The Deputy PM also noted that forest planning needs to be associated with forestry restructuring in order to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the sector. In addition, management agencies should pay much attention to climate change and tourism development as well as preservation of cultural values and population relocation, he said. He called for the participation of…... [read more]

The plant, the most modern of its kind so far in Southeast Asia, has a total investment of US$500 million. It will have a capacity of 8,800 cubic metres per year of wooden slats and 400,000 cubic metres per year of MDF planks. Designed by Japan’s New CC Construction Consultants and managed by Royal Haskoning firm from the Netherlands, the plant will use advanced technology and production lines provided by Germany’s Diffenbacher Group, the world’s leading supplier of wood processing equipment. It is expected to become a model of sustainable forestry development for environmental protection, that helps generate jobs and raise incomes for people in the western districts of the province. The first phase of the plant is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2014 and its second phase in 2017.... [read more]

IPs near Hanoi looking popular Three South Korean investors recently put down the deposit to lease a 70,000-square metre space at Dong Van 4 Industrial Park (IP) in the northern province of Ha Nam. The IP developer is Viglacera, the largest state-owned construction materials producer who received the investment certificate to invest in Ha Nam province less than a month ago. It is significant to note that Viglacera will only commence construction of the IP later this month or early next month, meaning that the Korean investors' decision to lease the vast land area in the prospective IP shows great trust. "The three Korean investors leasing land to build production plants at the unfinished Dong Van 4 IP has surpassed our expectations. The investors' trust has inspired us to soon finalise the investment and construction to hand over cleared land to our investors," said Tran Ngoc Anh, director of Viglacera Land. The director also unveiled that two of the three Korean investors produce electronic components for use in cars, fridges, washing machines, and ovens, and are reliable partners of global brands like Samsung, LG, Rinnai, Hyundai, Kia, Ford or Toshiba. According to developer Viglacera, with the favourable location and attractive rental charges, the IP is expected to attract tens of businesses by the end of this year. Since early this year, businesses leasing land at IPs adjoining Hanoi are mostly electronics and apparel producers. Besides the advantage in low-cost workforce, the investors' renown for professionalism in IP development is a…... [read more]

The Prime Minister has decided to approve the national target program on sustainable poverty reduction for the period 2016-2020. Poverty reduction is a priority policy for Vietnam to improve poor people's living conditions, narrow the development gap and implement the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The program set up a detailed plan cutting down the country's poverty households by 1-1.5 percent a year. Apart from which, the rate of poverty households in disadvantaged districts must shrink by 4 percent annually and the proportion of poor households in districts of ethnic minority must drop by 3-4 percent a year as per the new program. The program targets to improve income and living quality of the poor to ensure per capita income of a poor household increasing by 1.5 times by 2020 compared to 2015 and it will increase by 2 times in disadvantaged districts. Moreover, Vietnam will strive to reduce half of extremely poor districts; 30 percent of difficult coastal and islands out of poverty; 20-30 percent of specially rugged mountainous villages and communes where ethnic minority people live. Additionally, the government will provide free vocational training to approximately 20.000 laborers in low-income families and poor households of which 60- 70 percent of them will work in abroad countries. Total expenditure for the national program on sustainable poverty reduction for the period will be VND48,397 billion (US$2,170,605). The program is carried out across the country. Coastal areas, island regions, border crossings and extreme poverty communes will be on the top priority…... [read more]

The Government has issued a Resolution ratifying the policy of investing in 21 target programs for the 2016-2020 period. Accordingly, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will take over three programs for sustainable seafood economic development, sustainable forestry development and agricultural economic restructuring, and natural disaster mitigation and prevention for the stability of inhabitants lives. Total capital for the programs is over VND638.782 trillion. The Ministry of Health will own two programs on health-population and investing and developing local health systems, with implemented capital of over VND42.913 trillion. The Ministry of Public Security will manage a program on ensuring transport safety and order, fire fighting and prevention, crime and drugs prevention, with capital of over VND9.227 trillion. The Ministry of National Defence will preside over the program of the defence industry realizing Resolution 06-NQ/TW of the Politburo, with capital of over VND27.229 trillion. The Ministry of Planning and Investment will carry out four programs on national defence and security in key areas; socio-economic development in different areas; and infrastructure investment in coastal economic zones, border gate economic zones, industrial zones, industrial clusters, hi-tech parks and hi-tech agricultural zone. The four programs will be carried out with total capital of over VND281.922 trillion. The Ministry of Education and Training will handle a target program on education in mountainous areas, ethnic minority areas and difficult areas, with capital of VND5.1 trillion. The Ministry of Labor, War-Invalids and Social Affairs will implement two programs on vocational education, jobs and labor security and…... [read more]

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will host three programs, worth VND638,782 billion, including the sustainable aquatic development target program, sustainable forestry development target program and agricultural economic reform, natural disaster prevention and mitigation and improvement of people's lives target program. The Ministry of Health will launch the health-population target program and local health system development and investment target program with a total capital of VND42,913 billion. The traffic safety and order, fire protection and crimes and drug prevention and control target program, valued at VND9,227 billion, will be realized by the Ministry of Public Security. The national industrial defense target program implementing Resolution No.06-NQ/TW issued by the Political Bureau, worth VND27,229 billion, will be carried out by the Ministry of Defense. The Ministry of Planning and Investment will realize four target programs in terms of defense and security at key areas, regional socio-economic development, Official Development Assistance corresponding capital for localities and investment in coastal economic infrastructure zones, border gate economic zones, industrial parks and zones and high-tech parks. Total investment for these four projects is estimated at VND281,922 billion. The mountainous, ethnic minority and disadvantaged areas education target program, worth VND5,100 billion will be chaired by the Ministry of Education and Training. The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs will launch the vocational and labor safety target program and social assistance system development target program with a total capital of VND27,175 billion. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will manage the culture development target program…... [read more]

HCM City university offers M.Sc in leadership together with US school HCM City International University has tied up with the US's Northeastern University for an M.Sc degree in leadership. Students have to take a total of 12 courses, including international business management, cross culture management and developing leadership capacity. Four will be taught by HCM City International University lecturers and the rest by Northeastern faculty. The US university will also provide the curriculum. On completion, the students will get a degree from Northeastern University. HCM City International University is a member of the Việt Nam National University-HCM City. Hoài Đức chosen to become urban district by 2020 Hoài Đức District on the outskirts of Hà Nội will be developed into an urban district by 2020, said Hoàng Trung Hải, secretary of the Hà Nội Municipal Party Committee. He made the statement during a working visit to the district last weekend. Hải said Hoài Đức District connects the city's urban and suburban districts, and thus, priority should be given to the transport sector there, he said. Hoài Đức is adjacent to the districts of Bắc Từ Liêm, Nam Từ Liêm, Hà Đông, Phúc Thọ, Chương Mỹ, Đan Phượng and Quốc Oai. Several important highways, such as Thăng Long Highway, National Highway 32, as well as many interprovincial routes, run through the district. Seventeen out of 19 communes in the district met the criteria for new-style rural areas by the end of last year. Regarding the economic structure, the current trade and…... [read more]

Thanh Hoa (VNA) – Vietnam’s central Thanh Hoa province and Laos’s Houaphan province have reviewed a joint programme to protect forests and prevent and fight fires in shared border areas. Forest warden forces and authorities of the two provinces exchanged information and together educated local people on forest protection, fire prevention and sustainable forestry development. The two sides have also conducted more than 100 joint patrols along smuggling-prone border areas, seizing over 95,000 cubic metres of illegally harvested woods and 71 kilogrammes of wild animals. The provinces will continue their joint operation between 2016 and 2020 with the focus on preventing illegal forest activities, controlling forest fires, developing local forestry industry, ensuring border security and promoting solidarity and cooperation between their residents, said Le The Long, Deputy Director of the Thanh Hoa Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Thanh Hoa and Houaphan share 192 kilometres of border that is surrounded by nearly 150,000 hectares of forests and lands for forest farming.-VNA... [read more]

​A capital of over 652.7 for developed investment in the fiscal year 2016, which is sourced from the State Government, has been allocated by provincial people's committee to localities and relevant unites. ​Of which, capital of targeted programs will be 536.4 billion dong and ODA fund will be 116.2 billion dong The capital for targeted programs will be the regional socio-economic development (200 billion dong), the sustainable fishery development (22 billion dong), the sustainable forestry development (7 billion dong), the restructuring of agricultural economy and natural disaster prevention and control (22 billion dong), the electricity supply to rural, mountainous and island areas (20 billion dong), the investment in industrial clusters, seaside infrastructure systems, industrial zones (245 billion dong), and the development of tourist infrastructures and facilities (4 billion dong). Minh C​hau... [read more]

Seafood exports down in Q1 Vietnam's seafood exports are predicted to experience a year-on-year decrease of 13 percent to US$1.15 billion in the first quarter of this year. The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said the country's tra fish and shrimp exports haven't seen any promising signs so far this year. By mid-January, the country earned only US$63.38 million from tra fish exports, a year-on-year drop of 20.7 percent. Due to a sharp reduction in exports to major markets such as the European Union (EU), the US, ASEAN, Mexico and Brazil, fluctuations in domestic prices and difficult access to capital by tra fish farmers, the nation is likely to earn only US$230-250 million from tra fish exports in the first quarter of the year. In the meantime, around 30 percent of the total 300 shrimp exporting enterprises that contributed 36-38 percent of the country's seafood export value had to halt their operation for lack of capital to buy raw materials at an exorbitant price. The remaining businesses have been operating at half capacity. VASEP has forecast three scenarios for shrimp exports this year. The revenue will reach US$2.4 billion if the country properly solves the early mortality syndrome (EMS) in shrimps, the competition in buying raw materials, export market and the Ethoxyquin barrier. It will be US$2.2 billion if EMS and the Ethoxyquin barrier are solved, and US$1.9 billion if the two problems remain. Because of a likely reduction of 20-30 percent in shrimp output in the…... [read more]

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