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Ca Mau’s 150-hectare mangrove forest to be replanted

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HSBC Vietnam and WWF-Vietnam are collaborating to regenerate 150 hectares of mangrove forest in Ca Mau Province – PHOTO: COURTESY OF WWF

HCMC – HSBC Vietnam is partnering with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Vietnam to execute a five-year VND10 billion mangrove forest restoration project at the Mui Ca Mau National Park in mainland Vietnam’s southernmost province of Ca Mau that will regenerate 150 hectares of mangrove forest.

This in turn will help address serious socio-environmental challenges such as climate change, water security, water pollution, food security, human health and disaster risk management.

According to HSBC’s recent report “Tackling the next crisis” for Asia, climate change is defined as the crisis of the century and Vietnam is among the countries that can be the most impacted. Deforestation has become a major contributor to climate change.

According to CEO of HSBC Vietnam Tim Evans, the mangrove forest restoration project will contribute to building Vietnam’s resilience against natural disasters and climate change so that families, communities and businesses can thrive in the future.

Within the scope of the project, HSBC Vietnam will work alongside conservationist experts from WWF-Vietnam to develop an innovative program that will nurture the vulnerable ecology of the Mui Ca Mau National Park, the Mekong Delta and beyond.

The 150-hectare mangrove forest will be regenerated by applying newly developed natural mangrove regeneration technology to ensure the highest possibility of tree growth. When it reaches maturity, the forest will be able to sequestrate at least 20,000 tons of carbon per year, reducing carbon dioxide levels.

The mangrove trees will also form a buffer between the land, sea and rivers, helping maintain this patch of the Mekong Delta and shield it from natural disasters. In addition, this new forest area will provide ecosystem services to protect more than 10,000 households from flooding.

Another component of the project will feature an education program on forest protection and biodiversity conservation for some 3,000 households in the core zone of the national park, raising their awareness over conservation issues.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/79117/ca-mau%e2%80%99s-150-hectare-mangrove-forest-to-be-replanted-.html

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19 couples get married together in Thái Nguyên

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As weddings are expensive, nineteen couples tied the knot together in the northern province of Thái Nguyên on November 28. They are all low-income factory workers who are unable to pay for their own weddings. All of the expenses were covered by their companies and the local labour union, and each couple was given gold as a gift, and a night’s stay at a local resort.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/818928/19-couples-get-married-together-in-thai-nguyen.html

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Đà Lạt’s first opera house opens

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The Đà Lạt Opera House, the first concert theatre in Đà Lạt City in Lâm Đồng Province, will open next week. The theatre has three storeys with a concert hall. A modern outdoor auditorium with 850 seats is also included. (Photo courtesy of the theatre)

HCM CITY— The Đà Lạt Opera House, the first concert theatre in the  resort city of Đà Lạt in Lâm Đồng Province, will open next week.

The theatre, located on 2,080sq.m, has three storeys with a concert hall. A modern outdoor auditorium with 850 seats is also included. 

The concert hall is designed for live music events, including classical and acoustic music performances.

The building, worth more than VNĐ70 billion (US$3 million), has display areas for cultural and arts activities and exhibitions.

“We’re working to create Đà Lạt as one of the country’s most attractive tourist cities. We hope the Đà Lạt Opera House will be the place to organise quality cultural programmes targeting music and theatre that meets the taste of residents, and domestic and foreign tourists,” said Nguyễn Viết Vân, director of the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. 

According to Vân, the theatre will host the year’s biggest international event in Đà Lạt, called The Korean Cultural Day in Đà Lạt, this month.

 

The Đà Lạt Opera House, worth more than VNĐ70 billion (US$3 million), has display areas for cultural and arts activities and exhibitions. (Photo courtesy of the theatre)

 Đà Lạt, the provincial capital of Lâm Đồng, is located 1,500m above sea level on the Langbian Plateau in the southern part of Central Highlands region. First discovered by the French in the 19th century, the area has since been among the country’s most popular tourist destinations.

As a locality where the economy depends heavily on tourism, the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the socio-economic development of Đà Lạt.

In the first eight months of the year, the total number of tourists to Đà Lạt was slightly more than 2 million, down by half compared to the figure in the same period last year.

Local authorities have implemented many activities to stimulate tourism demand such as tourism promotions and discounts. Many agencies providing tourism services such as dining, accommodation, and sightseeing have offered discounts of 30 to 50 per cent compared to normal days, while many flights to Đà Lạt have also offered similar discounts. 

Lâm Đồng now is considered a safe destination as there have been no cases of COVID-19 infection in recent months.

Dozens of famous singers, such as pop stars Đàm Vĩnh Hưng and Hà Anh Tuấn, have organised concerts in Đà Lạt this year. 

The Đà Lạt Opera House is located at Lâm Viên Square near Xuân Hương Lake. 

The theatre’s opening ceremony, starring pop idol Uyên Linh, and pianists Phi Phi and Tuấn Mạnh, is expected to begin at 8pm on December 12.— 

 

 

 

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/818813/da-lats-first-opera-house-opens.html

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Music festival to raise funds for needy children

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Music band Cat Pylon will perform at the HCWA Fundraiser Music Festival to raise funds for the city’s oldest charity organisations for children. File photo from the artist’s Facenbook page

The HCWA Fundraiser Music Festival will be held at Saigon Outcast and Soma on December 12 to raise funds for the city’s oldest charity organisations for children.

The event will feature local DJs from Banana Hustle, Saigon Dub Station and Funk Sessions, together with bands Hem Hem, Vibe Mechanics, Green Means Go, Cat Pylon, and Abby Chambers and Friends Acoustic.

There will be funny acts from JK Hobson Comedy, chilling show from Haus of Gore group, and a fire performance from Saigon Circus Skills.

Dozens of stalls and games will include clothes and handmade cards, a 3D Interactive winter garden, circus skills corner, and bubble station.

All money from the festival will go to the Little Rose Shelter, the Green Bamboo Centre, the Cầu Hàn Project, and the HCM City Child Welfare Association to help poor and abused children in difficult situations.

The festival will take place from 11am-9pm at Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng Street in District 2, and continue at Soma, 6 Lê Văn Miến Street in District 2 till late.

Entrance fee at each venue is VNĐ100,000. — 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/expat-corner/818833/music-festival-to-raise-funds-for-needy-children.html

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