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Experts blame Da Lat’s serious flooding on greenhouses, garbage, concrete

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Many experts attributed the recent flooding in Vietnam’s Da Lat City, which shocked both residents and visitors, to the increasing numbers of greenhouses, construction works, and garbage.

A downpour lashed Da Lat City in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong on Thursday afternoon, causing Cam Ly stream to overflow and submerging many nearby streets.

Although the flooding lasted only about 30 minutes, the rainwater rose too fast for local residents and tourists to react.

The Da Lat People’s Committee said that the city was partially flooded in a short time, citing problems related to greenhouses and drainage systems, which local authorities have been trying to deal with.

Local residents remove garbage from a drain along Cam Ly Stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Local residents remove garbage from a drain along Cam Ly stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, September 1, 2022. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Many experts believed that the large number of net houses and greenhouses, as well as the increase of concrete in the inner city have reduced the permeability of soil.

The increasing frequency of flooding in the city has something to do with the rapid expansion of agricultural production and greenhouses, especially along Cam Ly, a 70-kilometer stream flowing through Da Lat.

Statistics from the Lam Dong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development show that Da Lat has about 18,000 hectares of land for flower and vegetable production, of which greenhouses and net houses cover 10,000 hectares.

Most of the greenhouses are located along Cam Ly stream.

Rubbish is being removed from Cam Ly Stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Rubbish is removed from Cam Ly stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

“In theory, the soil in areas with greenhouses has zero ability to absorb water, which means that all of the rainwater will pour into the stream,” said Nguyen Mong Sinh, former president of the Lam Dong Union of Science and Technology Associations.

Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters also noticed that many residents tend to dump garbage into Cam Ly.

Phan Cong Ngon, a former irrigation official, previously voiced his concern about the pressure of domestic and agricultural waste on the drainage capacity of the stream.

Construction works along Cam Ly Stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Construction works along Cam Ly stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Meanwhile, Lam Ngoc Tuan, former environmental studies lecturer at Da Lat University, the increase of concrete houses and buildings has a negative impact on the city’s drainage system.

Da Lat was originally planned for about 20,000 people, but the local population is now more than 200,000.

If visitors are taken into account, the number of people in the city can reach 300,000, Tuan elaborated.

Da Lat’s drainage system was previously renovated, but it is still not enough for the current volume of concrete in the city, he added.

A house is being built in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

A house is being built in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Garbage along a section of Cam Ly Stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Garbage along a section of Cam Ly stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Garbage along a section of Cam Ly Stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Garbage along a section of Cam Ly stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Garbage along a section of Cam Ly Stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

Garbage along a section of Cam Ly stream in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tien Phong

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Northern Vietnam to remain cold, downpours to lash central provinces

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An enhanced cold front is forecast to continue bringing cold weather to northern and north-central Vietnam over the next few days, while the country’s central provinces will be lashed by heavy rains until Friday.

As of Sunday afternoon, the cold spell was already affecting most of northern Vietnam as well as some areas in the north-central region, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Northern and north-central provinces will remain cold until Tuesday, with average lows of around 13-15 degrees Celsius in the Red River Delta and 10-13 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas.

The temperature could drop to below five degrees Celsius on high mountains.

Showers and winds of up to 20km an hour will also be recorded in the northern and north-central regions.

Due to the influence of the enhanced cold snap, rains of 100-180 millimeters will batter the locations from north-central Ha Tinh Province to south-central Khanh Hoa Province from Sunday night to Tuesday.

From Wednesday to Friday, central Vietnam will continue to experience downpours of 100-200 millimeters.

The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control suggested that the provinces from Ha Tinh to Khanh Hoa take measures to prevent damage from flooding, especially flash floods and landslides.

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An enhanced cold front is forecast to continue bringing cold weather to northern and north-central Vietnam over the next few days, while the country’s central provinces will be lashed by heavy rains until Friday.

As of Sunday afternoon, the cold spell was already affecting most of northern Vietnam as well as some areas in the north-central region, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Northern and north-central provinces will remain cold until Tuesday, with average lows of around 13-15 degrees Celsius in the Red River Delta and 10-13 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas.

The temperature could drop to below five degrees Celsius on high mountains.

Showers and winds of up to 20km an hour will also be recorded in the northern and north-central regions.

Due to the influence of the enhanced cold snap, rains of 100-180 millimeters will batter the locations from north-central Ha Tinh Province to south-central Khanh Hoa Province from Sunday night to Tuesday.

From Wednesday to Friday, central Vietnam will continue to experience downpours of 100-200 millimeters.

The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control suggested that the provinces from Ha Tinh to Khanh Hoa take measures to prevent damage from flooding, especially flash floods and landslides.

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UNESCO recognizes pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group

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The pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

This is one of the main items on the agenda of the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week.

This year, four traditions were added to the list.

As for Vietnam, this is the first Vietnamese traditional craft to be honored on the UNESCO list.

However, the Cham people’s pottery is the 15th intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam to be included in such a list, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO of the 2003 Convention in the Kingdom of Morocco. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

Vietnam attended the conference as a state member of the committee, which was elected by state parties gathered in the general assembly according to the principles of equitable geographical representation and rotation. 

This is the second time in the last ten years that Vietnam has become a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention. The Southeast Asian country’s term lasts from 2022 to 2027.

According to the resolution adopted at the conference, the UNESCO committee classified the pottery art of the Cham people in Vietnam as intangible world cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

In addition, three other traditions have been honored, including the black pottery art of Chile’s Quinchamali and Santa Cruz de Cuca, the traditional stonework of the Ahlat in Turkey, and the Xhubleta, or skills, crafts, and forms of use from Albania that relate to an Albanian traditional costume. 

According to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Vietnamese documents on the pottery art of the Cham ethnic group show that the tradition meets the standards set by the committee for intangible cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

Cham pottery art is cultivated by women who make pottery without a potter’s wheel and decorate it with enamel.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine, Bau Truc Street, Phuoc Dan City, Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery art.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of the pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine in Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam is shown in this photo, provided the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

Practicing and passing on the art of pottery helps Cham women play a more important role in modern society.

In addition, the tradition helps to preserve the art of traditional folklore performance and communication, including the special ritual in honor of the first founder of the craft Po Klaong Can.

Currently, there are only a few craftsmen, potters, and apprentices left in two Cham villages.

Although many efforts have been made to preserve and maintain the pottery craft, the Cham tradition is threatened with extinction for various reasons.

One of the challenges is urbanization, which has a tremendous impact on the space and landscape of traditional craft villages. 

There is still no planning strategy for an area where pottery is produced, and the cost of raw materials is still high.

What is more, the oldest craftsmen are gradually dying out and there are few young people who want to continue the traditional crafts of their ancestors.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo provided by the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

UNESCO’s decision to include Vietnamese pottery in the list of intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of protection shows that the United Nations recognizes the diversity of cultural characteristics of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

The listing also promotes the role of women in modern society and respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, which is in line with the goals and principles that UNESCO has always upheld.

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The pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

This is one of the main items on the agenda of the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week.

This year, four traditions were added to the list.

As for Vietnam, this is the first Vietnamese traditional craft to be honored on the UNESCO list.

However, the Cham people’s pottery is the 15th intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam to be included in such a list, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO of the 2003 Convention in the Kingdom of Morocco. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

Vietnam attended the conference as a state member of the committee, which was elected by state parties gathered in the general assembly according to the principles of equitable geographical representation and rotation. 

This is the second time in the last ten years that Vietnam has become a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention. The Southeast Asian country’s term lasts from 2022 to 2027.

According to the resolution adopted at the conference, the UNESCO committee classified the pottery art of the Cham people in Vietnam as intangible world cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

In addition, three other traditions have been honored, including the black pottery art of Chile’s Quinchamali and Santa Cruz de Cuca, the traditional stonework of the Ahlat in Turkey, and the Xhubleta, or skills, crafts, and forms of use from Albania that relate to an Albanian traditional costume. 

According to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Vietnamese documents on the pottery art of the Cham ethnic group show that the tradition meets the standards set by the committee for intangible cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

Cham pottery art is cultivated by women who make pottery without a potter’s wheel and decorate it with enamel.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine, Bau Truc Street, Phuoc Dan City, Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery art.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of the pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine in Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam is shown in this photo, provided the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

Practicing and passing on the art of pottery helps Cham women play a more important role in modern society.

In addition, the tradition helps to preserve the art of traditional folklore performance and communication, including the special ritual in honor of the first founder of the craft Po Klaong Can.

Currently, there are only a few craftsmen, potters, and apprentices left in two Cham villages.

Although many efforts have been made to preserve and maintain the pottery craft, the Cham tradition is threatened with extinction for various reasons.

One of the challenges is urbanization, which has a tremendous impact on the space and landscape of traditional craft villages. 

There is still no planning strategy for an area where pottery is produced, and the cost of raw materials is still high.

What is more, the oldest craftsmen are gradually dying out and there are few young people who want to continue the traditional crafts of their ancestors.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo provided by the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

UNESCO’s decision to include Vietnamese pottery in the list of intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of protection shows that the United Nations recognizes the diversity of cultural characteristics of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

The listing also promotes the role of women in modern society and respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, which is in line with the goals and principles that UNESCO has always upheld.

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Vietnam, Singapore join hands to support firms in Vietnam in industrial digital transformation

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The National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development under the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with Becamex IDC Corporation, which represents Vietnamese and Singaporean partners, to develop a start-up ecosystem and support industrial digital transformation in Vietnam.

The signing ceremony was part of the framework of the on-going Techfest Vietnam 2022, a national innovation start-up fest taking place between December 2 and 4 in the southern province of Binh Duong.

It was witnessed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, leaders of ministries, agencies and Binh Duong Province, and Singaporean partners.

The cooperation is aimed at building specific programs to support start-ups to turn their ideas into reality, innovate their production models to increase the value added of their products, and boost connectivity among enterprises as well as the innovative start-up ecosystem.

An innovation center will be established in Binh Duong by Becamex IDC, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Joint Venture Co. Ltd., Eastern International University, and Singaporean partners, including Singapore Polytechnic and the Smart i4.0 Transformation Alliance.

The center will include labs and equipment to support innovators and enterprises in research and innovation.

In addition, with the support of experienced partners from Singapore, the center will help enterprises improve and renovate their production with existing machines and production lines to increase governance efficiency, labor productivity, and value added.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Chinh applauded the efforts of the Ministries of Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs, the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province, as well as other relevant agencies for holding a festival to connect and motivate youngsters, enterprises, experts, managers, and policymakers.

He said after the government issued a plan to support the national innovative start-up ecosystem until 2025, most cities and provinces have drawn up action plans and set up innovative centers, and many of them have done the job well, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Binh Duong.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province Vo Van Minh said as the province is a bright spot in attracting foreign investment in Vietnam, it is now home to more than 4,000 foreign direct investment projects and over 50,000 firms.

Binh Duong has a plan to boost the cooperation of the state, schools, and enterprises to overcome the middle-income trap, a situation in which a locality or a country attains a certain income and gets stuck at that level, while improving production and the competitiveness of Vietnamese enterprises in global value chains.

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The National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development under the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with Becamex IDC Corporation, which represents Vietnamese and Singaporean partners, to develop a start-up ecosystem and support industrial digital transformation in Vietnam.

The signing ceremony was part of the framework of the on-going Techfest Vietnam 2022, a national innovation start-up fest taking place between December 2 and 4 in the southern province of Binh Duong.

It was witnessed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, leaders of ministries, agencies and Binh Duong Province, and Singaporean partners.

The cooperation is aimed at building specific programs to support start-ups to turn their ideas into reality, innovate their production models to increase the value added of their products, and boost connectivity among enterprises as well as the innovative start-up ecosystem.

An innovation center will be established in Binh Duong by Becamex IDC, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Joint Venture Co. Ltd., Eastern International University, and Singaporean partners, including Singapore Polytechnic and the Smart i4.0 Transformation Alliance.

The center will include labs and equipment to support innovators and enterprises in research and innovation.

In addition, with the support of experienced partners from Singapore, the center will help enterprises improve and renovate their production with existing machines and production lines to increase governance efficiency, labor productivity, and value added.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Chinh applauded the efforts of the Ministries of Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs, the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province, as well as other relevant agencies for holding a festival to connect and motivate youngsters, enterprises, experts, managers, and policymakers.

He said after the government issued a plan to support the national innovative start-up ecosystem until 2025, most cities and provinces have drawn up action plans and set up innovative centers, and many of them have done the job well, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Binh Duong.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province Vo Van Minh said as the province is a bright spot in attracting foreign investment in Vietnam, it is now home to more than 4,000 foreign direct investment projects and over 50,000 firms.

Binh Duong has a plan to boost the cooperation of the state, schools, and enterprises to overcome the middle-income trap, a situation in which a locality or a country attains a certain income and gets stuck at that level, while improving production and the competitiveness of Vietnamese enterprises in global value chains.

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