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Students, enterprises work to reduce plastic waste in VN

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An exhibition on plastic waste held at the Dialogue between Young People and Enterprises to Work on Reducing Plastic Waste in Việt Nam in Hà Nội. — Photo courtesy of For Vietnamese Stature Foundation

HCM CITY — Nguyễn Thị Ngọc, a student at Hà Nội University of Science and Technology and a member of the Green Eye Group in the Youth for Environment Project, has proposed that customers should be allowed to take their used milk cartons or bottles and electronic devices to stores where they initially bought them and receive a discount for future purchases. 

The milk and electronics producers of the items would then receive them for reuse or recycling.

Ngọc presented her idea at a dialogue between youth and enterprises held last Saturday in Hà Nội. The Green Eye Group in the Youth for the Environment project, of which she is a member, receives funding from the 2020 Asia Pacific Media Grant given by the Earth Journalism Network, a global network established in 2004 to promote media activities related to environmental issues, and from the Bắc Á Commercial Joint Stock Bank.

The project aims to help young people build a communication channel for environmental issues and establish partnerships, connect with other stakeholders, such as policymakers, journalists, researchers, activists, and businesses, to mobilise resources to jointly resolve environmental issues.

Speaking at the Dialogue between Young People and Enterprises to Work on Reducing Plastic Waste in Việt Nam, Ngọc said that manufacturers could take back electronic waste and milk carton packages or bottles via shippers.

Ngô Thùy Dương, a student at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities-Việt Nam National University in Hà Nội, suggested that young people should be encouraged to classify plastic waste which could then be brought to manufacturers for recycling.

Tạ Bảo Long, head of public communication at Tetra Pak Vietnam, said the company was ready to co-operate with young people in reducing plastic waste to protect the environment.

At the dialogue, Tetra Pak Vietnam and other enterprises presented their plans on environmental protection.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, Việt Nam is one of the top four countries with the highest amount of plastic waste discharged into the ocean. The amount of plastic waste and plastic bags in the country accounts for about 8-12 per cent of total solid waste.

The dialogue was organised by For Vietnamese Stature Foundation in co-operation with the Việt Nam Business for Environment (VB4E) Alliance last Saturday in Hà Nội. It was held to enhance co-operation between enterprises, young people and agencies in the development of ideas to reduce plastic waste in the country. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/environment/803731/students-enterprises-work-to-reduce-plastic-waste-in-vn.html

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Vietnam masters 90 percent of ecosystem of cyber security products

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Vietnam has to date mastered about 90 percent of the ecosystem of cyber security products serving Party and State agencies, and is likely to be one among few countries mastering 100 percent of the ecosystem, 

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung has said.

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Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung 

Speaking at the Vietnam Information Security Day 2020 International Conference and Exhibition on December 2, Minister Hung said that Vietnam must assert national sovereignty and prosperity on cyberspace and everyone has the responsibility to protect that environment.

To make the safety of the country’s IT system, products and services be assured at the highest level, Vietnam has to have competent experts on this field.

President of the Vietnam Information Security Association Nguyen Thanh Hung (VNISA) said that cyber security with “Make in Vietnam” technologies is a key factor in national digital transformation.

The event, themed “Cybersecurity Ecosystem Make in Vietnam – Key Success Factor for National Digital Transformation,” aimed at connecting cyber security businesses, units using cyber security products and services, and policymaking agencies so as to better handle issues related to cyber security of all individuals, organisations and businesses by Vietnamese people’s solutions, Hung stated.

He also emphasised the need for relevant agencies, organisations, enterprises and associations to join hands in training more experts on cyber security and safety.

Representatives from many businesses shared opinions on issues involved in digital platforms and solutions available in Vietnam.

They said that Vietnam is lacking senior experts on cyber security and safety.

On the day, the organising board announced “Make in Vietnam” Cloud platforms./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/vietnam-masters-90-percent-of-ecosystem-of-cyber-security-products-694487.html

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Da Nang monkeys flood city in search of food

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Hundreds of monkeys from the Son Tra Peninsula in Danang City have recently flocked into the city to seek food.

A monkey climbs on the car on a street in Danang.

The monkeys used to gather at Linh Ung Pagoda to beg for food from visitors in Son Tra Peninsula. But now they have flocked to the city streets. The monkeys have got used to humans and many of them casually rummage through the bags of visitors to find food. When no-one is around they go to rubbish sites.

Some of the monkeys have been killed and injured in traffic accidents when running across the streets.

The monkeys are no afraid of tourists.

A photographer in the area, Nguyen Van Tuan, said children and women might be in danger if they were surrounded by the monkeys. However, several visitors have been entertained by the animals and teased the monkeys.

“They have used food to encourage the monkeys to get closer to them but then would take the food away,” Tuan said. “This has angered the monkeys and they have attacked visitors.”


Son Tra Peninsula and Danang Beaches Management Board has put up warning signs asking visitors to not feed wild animals at several locations. Dtinews/Tienphong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/da-nang-monkeys-flood-city-in-search-of-food-694247.html

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HCM City needs VND29 trillion for solid waste treatment

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HCMC will need nearly VND29 trillion in the next five years to implement a solid waste treatment scheme, which is aimed at enhancing the management, classification, collection, and recycling of solid waste in the city.

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Waste collection vehicles are seen on a street in HCMC. The city will need nearly VND29 trillion in the next five years to implement a solid waste treatment scheme – Photo: TNO

The city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment has just sent to the municipal government a scheme to treat solid waste by 2025 with a vision toward 2050. The scheme will be sent to the Ministry of Construction for appraisal and then to the Prime Minister for approval after it receives a green light from the city government.

The scheme will be financed by the city’s budget, official development assistance loans, and other private sources. Of the total funding, approximately VND14.5 trillion will be used for technology transfer activities to treat solid waste, VND5 trillion for building a waste treatment plant, VND3 trillion for developing waste transfer stations, VND1.2 trillion for setting up waste collection points along roads and VND500 billion for arranging waste collector teams.

According to goals set by the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment, all industrial and medical waste shall be collected and treated by 2025; 90% of construction waste will be treated, with 60% recycled. By 2023, 60% of households in the city are expected to sort waste at source and the figure could jump up yearly.

Around 9,300 tons of household waste are daily discharged in the city. In February this year, the municipal government passed an adjusted plan to classify waste at source into two groups: recyclable and the rest, instead of the previous three groups: organic, inorganic, recyclable. The change was made to be in line with the waste-to-energy technology currently adopted by the city and to reduce landfill waste.  SGT

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/hcm-city-needs-vnd29-trillion-for-solid-waste-treatment-693480.html

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