Programme on food safety launched in Hanoi

NDO – The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) held a ceremony on August 16 to celebrate Prof. Dr. Dang Huy Huynh’s as the ASEAN Biodiversity Hero. Huynh, President of the Heritage Tree Council and Vice President of the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE), is the first Vietnamese citizen and one of the 10 outstanding individuals from ASEAN member states to receive such a noble title on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN. The ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes are individuals with significant contributions to the ASEAN biodiversity, through their activities and initiatives, contributing actively to the socio-economic development in their respective countries and in the region. During his over 60 years of research in biology, Prof. Huynh has made many contributions to the preservation of biodiversity in Vietnam and in the surrounding region. He possesses the ability to inspire the community in biodiversity conservation and development, and is recognised as one of Vietnam’s leading scientists. Prof. Huynh has been presented with nearly 20 orders and medals of different types, including the Ho Chi Minh Award (twice) – Vietnam’s most noble award in science and technology, the Vietnam Environmental Award in 2009, and a certificate of merit from the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment in recognition of his devotions to biodiversity conservation activities in 2015, among others. Holding a myriad of positions, both appointed by the State and entrusted by the society, concerning the environment, Prof. Huynh has implemented specific and practical…... [read more]

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has rejected a proposal to shut down a major iron mine over concerns that it poses risks to the environment. The Thach Khe iron mine in the central province of Ha Tinh.  The ministry said in a press statement that the proposal by the Ministry of Investment and Planning (MPI) to immediately terminate the Thach Khe iron mine project in the central province of Ha Tinh “was not based on scientific and practical considerations”. It added that an alternative proposal would be submited to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for approval. The project was approved in 2007 but work on its was suspended in 2011 after Ha Tinh Province authorities proposed closing the mine over environmental concerns. The PM then for a review by the MPI, which also suggested stopping the iron mine project and another steel billet manufacturing project. “The Government should consider the thousands of billions of Vietnamese dong invested over the past 10 years. The termination would affect the investment and business environment in Ha Tinh Province,” the MoIT said in its response. It also called on the Government to consider the economic effectiveness of the project for Viet Nam’s industrial and economic development, its contribution to the GDP and to reducing the country’s trade deficit. The Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Association (VUSTA) held a conference on July 25 to collect opinions on the project. "Many ideas supported continuing the project. However, some still proposed more studies…... [read more]

The Thach Khe iron mine in the central province of Ha Tinh. — Photo vietnamnet.vn The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has rejected a proposal to shut down a major iron mine over concerns that it poses risks to the environment. The ministry said in a press statement that the proposal by the Ministry of Investment and Planning (MPI) to immediately terminate the Thach Khe iron mine project in the central province of Ha Tinh “was not based on scientific and practical considerations”. It added that an alternative proposal would be submited to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for approval. The project was approved in 2007 but work on its was suspended in 2011 after Ha Tinh Province authorities proposed closing the mine over environmental concerns. The PM then for a review by the MPI, which also suggested stopping the iron mine project and another steel billet manufacturing project. “The Government should consider the thousands of billions of Vietnamese dong invested over the past 10 years. The termination would affect the investment and business environment in Ha Tinh Province,” the MoIT said in its response. It also called on the Government to consider the economic effectiveness of the project for Viet Nam’s industrial and economic development, its contribution to the GDP and to reducing the country’s trade deficit. The Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Association (VUSTA) held a conference on July…... [read more]

Experts and local authorities in Ha Tinh Province have expressed concerns over environmental risks and suggested halting the Thach Khe Iron Mine project. Ha Tinh Province Vice Chairman Duong Tat Thang said they should reconsider Thach Khe Iron Mine project as the economic results are unclear while the environmental and social consequences are huge. A conference about Thach Khe Iron Mine project was held on July 27 after scientists in various fields such as mining, geology and irrigation of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations conducted impact assessments on the project. "The conference discussed mining technology, processing technology, economic efficiency and the impact on the environment as well as on the daily lives of local people," Thang said.     If the project is carried out, they will have to deal with groundwater depletion, saltwater intrusion, how to deal with 200,000 cubic metres of waste water that is discharged each day, and how to relocate the nearby residential areas that are housing thousands of people. Vu Trong Hong, former deputy minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, raised concerns about the vulnerable location of the mine. This location often has storms and a 6.1 Richter earthquake had occurred there. Finally, the project's investor, Thach Khe Iron JSC, lacks the required finance. All attendants agreed that it would be dangerous to continue the project. Dang Trung Thuan, chairman of Vietnam Geochemistry Association said Vietnam didn't have many options. It can continue to carry out the project without…... [read more]

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Xuan Cuong called on the people to make the environment healthier and cleaner with such practical deeds as cleaning streets, planting trees and protecting water resources. Present at the event were representatives of the Australian Embassy, the UNDP, UNEP, IUCN, WWF, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Vietnam Union of Scientific and Technological Associations and the Phu Tho provincial People’s Committee. Following the launch ceremony, the participants joined local people in planting trees and collecting rubbish at a park and the Me Quang resettlement area in Viet Tri city. Earlier on September 19, the authorities of the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and the Vietnam Peasants’ Association also launched activities in response to the Clean Up the World campaign. The Clean Up the World campaign was started by one Australian, named Ian Kiernan, in 1989. This year over 35 million people in 120 countries will take part in the campaign.... [read more]

The programme was co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Training and the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA). 286 projects had been entered the contest, a year-on-year increase of 11 percent. Hanoi, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Long An, Nghe An and Ho Chi Minh City were the cities with the highest number of applicants. Of the 76 award winners Dan Khanh Linh and Dan Manh Khai from Ha Nam were applauded for their website on “learning and following Ho Chi Minh’s moral examples”, and Huynh Phuc Loi from Ho Chi Minh City also received a lot of praise for his account of the nations past with his website “History lines”. First prize for best model went to Bui Phuoc Lai from Da Nang City and Le Thanh Van from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang with “Rainbow making machine”. Pham Van Mam’s project on “Robot No.1 and No.2” was awarded a special prize and was submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organisation for the gold medal. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan praised the creativity of the younger generation and said he hoped the next competition would be just as successful.... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, who also heads the National Water Resources Council, made this statement on January 19 at a Hanoi conference with the theme ‘Water resources and sustainable development’. To deal with this challenge, Mr Hai said, the Vietnamese Government has adopted an effective and sustainable development strategy to exploit water resources economically and has enacted a Law on Water Resources. Mr Hai added that the government endorsed a national strategy on these resources toward 2020, drew up a programme of national goals on addressing climate change and is seeking to expand international cooperation in managing water resources. The Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Nguyen Thai Lai, told the conference that Vietnam’s water reserve, some 11,000m3 per capita annually, is average for the world. But he added that this amount is not equally distributed and is being seriously affected by a shortage of construction works for its regulation, by unplanned and wasteful usage and by pollution. Mr Lai emphasized that the first and foremost solution to the problem is to use water in a rational and economical way, which must go hand in hand with the protection and development of water supplies. He underscored the expansion of international cooperation as a means of maximizing resources for improving state management of water supplies. Nearly 20 speeches by local and foreign managers and scientists assessed the situation of water resources in Vietnam and the impact of polluted water sources on community health as well as proposed technological…... [read more]

Mr. Truong Tan Sang, member of the Politburo, emphasised this at the 6th National Congress of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) held in Hanoi on April 28 in the presence of the Party’s former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu, Mr. To Huy Rua and Mr. Ho Duc Viet, Politburo members, Mr. Huynh Dam, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and other high-ranking leaders of the State and Party. Mr. Sang also highlighted the important role of the Vietnamese intellectuals in the development of the country and the VUSTA. On summarizing the operation of the Union in the last office term, Secretary General Pham Van Tan said VUSTA has made great development and raised its prestige in the society. It has provided consultancy, judgement and social expertise activities to contribute a scientific perspective in making directions, policy, law, and plans of Party and State on socio-economic development, science and technology, education and training, environment protection and sustainable evelopment. As a VFF member, VUSTA has always taken the initiative in responding to VFF campaigns. The Union has made great effort in order to mobilize, gather and unite Vietnamese intellectuals in science and technology with a variety of activities and coordinate and collaborate the operation of its member associations. The VUSTA now has 125 member associations, 55 local unions of associations and 70 science associations nationwide with 1.8 million people, one third of the country’s intellectuals. However, Mr. Tan was…... [read more]

The General Department for Environment, in coordination with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) and the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), held an international conference in Hanoi on June 24-25 with the theme “Environment and Hanoi people”. Delegates shared information and practical experience in mobilising communities and building volunteer networks for environmental protection. They touched upon pollution in Hanoi and worked out measures to deal with it. VUSTA’s Chairman, Doctor Vu Hoan, said environmental pollution in Hanoi has become more and more serious, particularly solid waste, waste water, and air pollution. Hanoi is implementing a series of measures to prevent further pollution and improve the environment. Representatives from the Hanoi Women’s Union, the Hanoi Farmer’s Association, and several universities highlighted the important role of social organizations and clubs in protecting the environment. The RLS Director in Vietnam, Dorit Lahrak, said that like Vietnam, other Asian countries such as China and Malaysia are facing environmental issues. Hanoi has many beautiful lakes and parks, but the city is facing challenges in protecting them, just as Germany did 30 years ago, she observed. The Germany delegates stressed the need to encourage social organisations and individuals to join hands in dealing with environmental issues. On the sidelines of the conference, students and members of environmental protection clubs and voluntary groups organised an exhibition on the environment.... [read more]

Participants emphasized this at an annual conference, held by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations on September 20, 2010. They also proposed building new laws on associations and NGOs to create better conditions for their operation. Speaking at the conference, Nguyen Van Tien, deputy head of the National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs, said most NGOs are working very hard. However, they need to improve their operation to take advantage of corporate assistance, said Tien. It is estimated that in 2009, more than 4,000 NGOs in Vietnam, both foreign and domestic, donated over US$271 million to healthcare, education and training, socio-economic development, and natural resources. They also provided consultancy to laws projects on HIV/AIDS prevention and domestic violence prevention.... [read more]




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