Thai Binh Economic Zone established

Addressing the ceremony, Mr Triet called on the entire Party, army and people to join in the tree planting and forest protection movement to meet the requirements for socio-economic development, security and national defence. He noted that thanks to tree planting and protection efforts in 2007 the country’s coverage of forests, especially protective and special-use forests, had increased significantly, thereby supporting socio-economic development and national defence. However, he reminded the localities of serious forest fires and asked for comprehensive forest development and zoning plans. The State President urged local Party committees, administrations and mass organizations to pay more attention to afforestation and strive to develop the forestry sector into an important economic sector. He planted a tree at a coastal protective forest area in Thai Do commune, Thai Thuy district. President Ho Chi Minh launched the first tree planting festival in 1960 and since then it has become a fine tradition of the Vietnamese people every spring. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with its long coastline, Vietnam will be badly affected by global warming, especially high tidal surges and tropical storms. Therefore, coastal forests will help protect the dyke embankment system, construction projects and fishing villages, as well as developing aquatic resources. In 2007 more than 204,000 hectares of forests were planted across the country, bringing total forest acreage to 12.87 million hectares and raising national forest coverage to nearly 39 percent.... [read more]

Viet Nam News THÁI BÌNH - Thái Bình Province aims to plant more than 1,320 hectares of coastal forests in the next five years and protect almost 4,000ha of forest. The plan by the province's authorities aims to recover lost forest areas, consolidate existing forest areas and grow new forests in coastal areas. In addition, the plantation will bring much-needed benefits to the local populace, like creating jobs, generating additional livelihoods, and ensure national security and bolster defence. VNĐ392 billion (US$18.7 million) is the estimated capital required to complete the plan, of which, VNĐ386 billion will be used to plant trees and build support components. Land illegally encroached upon by industrial zones and urban areas as well as land used by ineffective seafood farms located near sea dykes will be reclaimed and converted to forests, thus enclosing the forest belt. More technology will be used in forestry, including researching suitable plants for each type of terrain and researching new methods to control pests in mangroves, hence raising the trees' survival rates. In the next five years, Thái Bình Province will prioritise the implementation of some key projects, according to the province's authorities. The recovery and sustainable development of mangrove forest ecosystem project, with total investment of $2 million, was funded mostly by the South Korean government. The project to mitigate seawave impacts, stabilise seashores, and plant mangrove forests to protect sea dyke No 5 & No 6 will also be high on the agenda. According to the province's Department of…... [read more]

A mangrove forest (Photo: VNA) Ca Mau (VNA) – The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the southernmost province of Ca Mau has taken measures to effectively protect coastal protective forests. Accordingly, the department has urged the provincial Forest Management Department and sub-departments of Ngoc Hien, Nam Can, Dam Doi and Phu Tan districts to launch activities to raise local people’s awareness of protecting protective forests and aquatic resources. The department also joins hands with the Forest Management Board, local authorities, border guards and relevant agencies to increase patrols to prevent deforestation and illegal exploitation of forest products. Ca Mau is also paying special attention to improving the efficiency of forest management. The province has banned local farmers from illegally residing in and near the protective forests. Head of provincial Forest Management Department Le Van Hai highlighted the stable forest management and development of Ca Mau as violating cases dropped over years. The mangrove forest of the Ca Mau National Park, which was damaged severely during 2012-2013, has improved with tight management, he added. However, illegal forest exploitation and coal cellar building still exist in some areas of the province, along with forest product trafficking. Over the last five years, Ca Mau province has reported more than 1,300 cases of forest product transport and deforestation. In the first 10 months of 2016, local authorities handled 196 forest protection violations.-VNA East Sea... [read more]

For reference THE GOVERNMENT ------- SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAMIndependence - Freedom - Happiness --------------- No. 89/NQ-CP Ha Noi, October 10, 2016 RESOLUTION THE GOVERNMENT’S REGULAR MEETING - SEPTEMBER 2016 THE GOVERNMENT Pursuant to the Law on Organization of the Government dated June 19, 2015; Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 08/2012/ND-CP dated February 16, 2012 promulgating the working regulation of the Government; Based on the discussion of the Cabinet members and the conclusion of the Prime Minister at the Government’s regular meeting in September 2016, held on October 03 and 04, 2016, RESOLVES: 1. Regarding the draft Law on Technology Transfer (revised) The Ministry of Science and Technology shall lead and coordinate with the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Justice, the Government Office and other relevant ministries and agencies to collect opinions of the Cabinet members, then adjust and finalize the draft Law. In particular, attention shall be paid to the review and strict application of rules on the appraisal, inspection and surveillance of technologies in investment projects to ensure their consistency and synchronization with legal regulations on investment and cost norms while limiting and preventing outdated technologies which could cause negative environmental impacts and affect sustainable development; amend regulations on the management of technology transfer contracts towards compulsory registration of contracts for outbound and inbound technology transfer and transfer of domestic technologies that use the state capital. The Minister of Science and Technology shall be authorized by the Prime Minister and act on behalf of…... [read more]

Protective forest can help delta survive climate change By Ngoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Local and international experts at a forum that wrapped up in Ben Tre Province on Monday advised the Mekong Delta to develop a coastal protective forest system to help cope with negative impacts of climate change. Nguyen Tri Hoang from Hanoi University of Education said the delta should maintain a protective forest system, including mangrove forests, a dyke system along the sea, bindweed and grass. This will help the region remain as the rice cultivation and aquaculture center of Vietnam, he told the forum, held by the Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) of UNESCO and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Vo Chi Chung, a member of MAB of UNESCO, said it is necessary to protect mangrove and protective forests in Tra Vinh and Soc Trang provinces to facilitate projects to dredge passages from the East Sea to Quan Chanh Bo Canal in Tra Vinh Province, and from Dinh An estuary to Cai Cui Port in Can Tho City. Ben Tre Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said salinity intrusion has pushed over 60 kilometers deeper into the mainland given climate change in recent years. As a result, nearly 133,000 households suffer water shortages while a vast amount of crops and seafood farming areas have been destroyed. Ben Tre government therefore has plans to restore its coastal protective forest system to deal with climate change impacts.... [read more]

Viet Nam News KIÊN GIANG - Coastal communities in the south are in danger of losing their livelihoods to increasing land erosion resulting from the loss of a natural buffer - mangrove forests. For many years now, landslides have become a common phenomenon in Kiên Giang Province's Hòn Đất District, with Thổ Sơn, Lình Huỳnh, and Bình Giang communes among the worst hit. The most gravely affected area is the strip of coastal land stretching from Hòn Quéo Hamlet in Thổ Sơn Commune to Bình Hoà Hamlet, Bình Giang Commune. Mangrove forests have completely disappeared in some sections here. Without the protection of mangroves, waves and tides are hitting the sea dyke harder, hastening erosion and increasing the risk of breaches. Trần Trọng Thân, a resident of Hòn Me hamlet, said he'd been allotted a coastal mangrove forest area of six hectares 13 years ago. Erosion has reduced this to a little over 1.5 hectares at the moment. Similarly, Nguyễn Văn Thụ of Bình Hoà Hamlet said that in the past two years alone, the coastal protection forest assigned to his family has lost some 30 metres to the sea. Two layers The mangrove forests of An Biên and An Minh Districts stretch through 10 communes with total length of 60 kilometres, covering an area of 4,000 hectares, and are divided into primary and secondary protection layers. The primary protection layer is a 1.120 ha area of white mangroves (avicennia marina), and the secondary layer is a 3,000ha area of…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - If anywhere in Vietnam could be described as the "Vietnamese Riviera," it would surely be Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Below are the top destinations in this southern province: Vung Tau City Vung Tau is HCM City's closest beach resort, and can be reached by a picturesque hydrofoil ride down the Saigon River or by a rather circuitous highway route. Those suffering from burn out during an extended stay in Ho Chi Minh City will enjoy Vung Tau during the week. To most tourists, Vung Tau is one of the most interesting destinations and loved for its extensive beaches. Tourists always prefer sightseeing at Front Beach (Bai Truoc) and going swimming in Back Beach (Bai Sau). The first beach is front beach, in the West of the city, where the sun goes down. The Front Beach is considered the facade of Vung Tau city. It is also called by other names such as Tam Duong beach or Hang Dua bay. Besides the best location, the beach is also preferred for having many restaurants and elegant hotels. Sparking, colorful and bright light boulevard make the Front Beach more beautiful. Opposite to the Front Beach is Back beach (Thuy Van beach or Bai Sau in Vietnamese). Back Beach is well-known for its over 10 kilometers of fine sand seaside. The beach is busy with tourists both from the city itself and the world. At weekends or on holidays, thousands of people often come here for swimming and entertainment. Other beautiful beaches…... [read more]

Landslide at a dyke in Tran Van Thoi district in Ca Mau province (Photo: VNA) Ca Mau (VNA) – The impact of climate change and a rise in sea levels has accelerated the erosion of sea dykes in the Mekong Delta, with the southernmost province of Ca Mau being the most vulnerable. In Ca Mau, the sea is washing away land at the rate of 15m a year, though in some places it has been as much as 50m for several years now. Local government statistics show that 80 percent of the province’s eastern and western coasts are losing 450ha a year. Tran Van Thoi and U Minh districts have been the worst hit, with more than 32,100m of coastline eroded. More than 40km face the threat of eroding dykes, threatening a large area of coastal protective forests. The coast between Tieu Dua and Huong Mai in U Minh District’s Khanh Tien Commune has 2,000m of eroded dykes. To Quoc Nam, Deputy Director of the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said with weather conditions becoming more complex, erosion could become a growing threat to dykes. Studies by his department have found eight vulnerable locations in the eastern sea and four in the western sea. Ca Mau, with 254km of coast, has an ecological system with both saline and fresh water and when a dyke breaks, saltwater seeps into farmlands, badly affecting agricultural production, Nam said. The Government has approved a proposal by Ca Mau to build an eastern…... [read more]

Viet Nam News CÀ MAU - The impact of climate change and a rise in sea levels has accelerated the erosion of sea dykes in the Mekong Delta, with the southernmost province of Cà Mau being the most vulnerable. In Cà Mau, the sea is washing away land at the rate of 15m a year, though in some places it has been as much as 50m for several years now. Local government statistics show that 80 per cent of the province's eastern and western coasts are losing 450ha a year. Trần Văn Thời and U Minh districts have been the worst hit, with more than 32,100m of coastline eroded. More than 40km face the threat of eroding dykes, threatening a large area of coastal protective forests. The coast between Tiểu Dừa and Hương Mai in U Minh District's Khánh Tiến Commune has 2,000m of eroded dykes. Tô Quốc Nam, deputy director of the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said with weather conditions becoming more complex, erosion could become a growing threat to dykes. Studies by his department have found eight vulnerable locations in the eastern sea and four in the western sea. Cà Mau, with 254km of coast, has an ecological system with both saline and fresh water and when a dyke breaks, saltwater seeps into farmlands, badly affecting agricultural production, Nam said. The Government has approved a proposal by Cà Mau to build an eastern sea dyke at a cost of VNĐ1.3 trillion (US$58 million). The erosion,…... [read more]

Ca Mau Provincial People's Committee said, based on the submission of the application for funding development investment in East sea dyke construction project to adapt to climate change and rising sea level of Ca Mau province, the Government has agreed investment policies to build East sea with total capital amounted to 1.300 billion VND. The project starts this year and will continue to deploy capital annually until completion. Currently, the authorities have urgently conducted the procedures for Ca Mau sea dyke investment projects to be launched in the shortest time. Ca Mau province’s coastline is 254 km in length, including the East Sea and the West Sea. Particularly East sea dyke has a length of 100 km. If the Western sea dike was built since the 90s, the West Sea dike was not constructed. According to reports from authorities, West sea dyke has a total area of 130,000 hectares of productive land; of which, 260,000 households are living. Due to it is not invested in building so the East sea coast now is in a state of erosion, serious salinization. Coastal protection forests are ravaged, environment is heavily contaminated, the life of the people here is precarious, unsafe, especially before complicated situation by climate change and rising sea levels. Projects for East sea dyke construction Investment of Ca Mau province will last for many years; in which, many work items are interested to build soon, including sea dykes, planting protective forests, displaced people and resettlement areas, organize production in order…... [read more]




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