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Vietnam has second Disney Conservation Hero



The Fauna & Flora International (FFI) on January 15 announced a decision to recognise Le Van Hien as a Disney Conservation Hero by the Disney Conservation Fund.

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Le Van Hien (middle) has become the second Disney Conservation Hero of Vietnam (Photo: VNA)

Hien, born in 1961, a member of the community-based preservation group of Kim Bang district of the northern Ha Nam province, used to be a hunter who gave up hunting activities and became an active factor in wildlife protection and forest researching in Kim Bang.

He has acquired deep knowledge of fauna and flora in Kim Bang forest, and enthusiastically supported researchers in the local forest.

In 2016, he worked as a guide for experts from the FFI in their research on Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) in Kim Bang forest. The information he provided helped the experts discover the second largest Delacour’s langur community in the world in Kim Bang.

In 2017, the FFI in collaboration with the Ha Nam Department of Agriculture and Rural Development launched a project to preserve Delacour’s langur.

Thanks to efforts of Hien and members of the group, from 2016-2018, the number of Delacour’s langur in Kim Bang expanded from 40 to more than 100.

According to FFI Director Josh Kempinski, Hien takes an important part in the protection of biodiversity and the conservation of Delacour’s langur in Kim Bang.

Since 1995, Disney Conservation Fund was formed in 1995 with an aim to protect nature worldwide. So far, it has honoured 180 individuals from 50 countries and territories.

In Vietnam, Hien has been the second to receive the Disney Conservation Hero title. Earlier in 2017, from nomination of FFI, forest ranger Hoang Van Tue was selected as Disney Conservation Hero 2017 by the Conservation Fund./.VNA



Youth4Climate Initiative launched in Vietnam



UNDP in Vienam, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union co-organised the Youth4Climate Conference, which marked the kick-off of the Youth4Climate Initiative in Vietnam.

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Youth4Climate Conference (Photo courtesy of organising board)

The Youth4Climate Initiative is implemented under UNDP “Climate Promise,” a global programme through which UNDP is committed to supporting 115 countries in enhancing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), by 2020.

In Vietnam, the Youth4Climate Initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of existing youth representatives and networks to advance climate actions at national and international forums, through consistent and coordinated efforts and enhanced collaboration with the Government, UN agencies, development partners, private sector, and civil society organisations in future climate initiatives and policies.

At the Conference, the results of the recent global UNDP’s survey – “People’s Climate Vote” – were shared. Similar to the majority of respondents across the world, 64 percent of respondents from Vietnam declared that they are facing a global climate emergency, with 60 percent of them suggesting urgent responses. The Peoples’ Climate Vote is the largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted, with the participation of 1.2 million people from 50 different countries.

In his remarks, Pham Van Tan, Deputy Director-General of the MONRE’s Department of Climate Change, said climate change response has remained among of the top missions of the whole political system. Vietnam adopted and enforced the Paris Agreement shortly after it was signed in 2015, he said.

He further noted that Vietnam’s commitments to the global response to climate change were also included in the revised Law on Environmental Protection adopted by the National Assembly last November.

“In order to implement the NDC targets, we need a strong will, determination, efforts and join collaboration from all socio-economic groups, of which Youth Union members and youth, as our future leaders, are playing an important role,” Tan noted.

“Youth are the powerhouse for innovation and action, and it is our role, as UNDP Vietnam, to help them reach capacity,” Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, highlighted. By empowering young people, Vietnam can unleash new potential for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and its NDCs in the future, she added.

Nguyen Ngoc Luong, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union shared that “we are willing to introduce new creative initiatives that can attract the mass participation of youth and generate momentum for youth to respond to climate change as part of their self-awareness and continuous lifestyle.”

During the conference, youth presented the key findings of the Special Report ‘Youth for Climate Action in Vietnam’, which is the first report fully led and co-written by 20 outstanding youth at the National Writeshop organised in December 2020. The co-authors were selected based on their outstanding performance during the three regional Youth4Climate consultations from July to November 2020.

The Special Report depicts the bottlenecks youth have faced in undertaking climate action as well as the accelerators they identified to fast track their contributions to the NDC implementation and the transition to a greener and low-carbon Vietnam in four key thematic areas: (i) Climate Mitigation, (ii) Climate Adaptation, (iii) Nature-based Solutions, and (ii) Climate Policies.

Mai Hoang, the youthlead reporter said she hopes the report will be widely shared with the Government of Vietnam and other stakeholders for our voices to be heard.”/.VNA


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HCM City to spend VND6 trillion to execute five environment projects



The environment sector of HCMC has planned to invest some VND6 trillion in building a landfill, a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant, and a cemetery park, alongside tackling toxic waste and replacing waste collection vehicles in the next five years.

HCM City to spend VND6 trillion to execute five environment projects
An artist’s impression of a WTE plant which will be built in HCMC’s outlying district of Cu Chi. The city’s environment sector has planned to invest some VND6 trillion in five environment projects in the next five years – Photo: Courtesy of CITENCO

These five projects are part of a plan jointly released on Tuesday, February 23, by the HCMC Urban Environment Co., Ltd and the HCMC Finance and Investment State-owned Company (HFIC), aimed at deploying advanced technology for waste treatment and recycling to promote sustainable economic growth, reported VnExpress.

Of the five projects, the one to complete Landfill No.3 at the Phuoc Hiep waste treatment complex in HCMC’s outlying district of Cu Chi will get off the ground this quarter and will reach completion after three months.

This VND200-billion landfill covers an area of 20 hectares and can treat 2,000 tons of waste per day using South Korean technology. This is a backup landfill of the city in case the existing landfills get overloaded or stop operations.

Besides this, a VND3-trillion WTE plant applying German’s Martin technology will be built at Landfill No.3 for treating household garbage in the city, with a daily capacity of 1,000 tons of waste. The volume of electricity generated from the plant will be supplied to the national power grid.

A project to relocate a toxic waste treatment plant from Dong Thanh Commune of Hoc Mon District to Phuoc Hiep Commune of Cu Chi District will be implemented in the 2021-2023 period. The project will also increase the waste treatment capacity of the plant to 1,000 tons of hazardous, medical and industrial waste. It requires some VND400-600 billion in investment.

Further, the second phase of the Da Phuoc cemetery project in Binh Chanh District will cost approximately VND2 trillion in investment, covering an area of 46 hectares with over 46,000 graves. The project is aimed at developing a cemetery park to meet the burial, reburial and exhumation demand.

Apart from that, to replace garbage trucks, slurry pumps and flush pumps, the sector is set to purchase 50-100 vehicles, with a total investment of VND100-200 billion.

Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, chairman of HFIC, said that more than 50% of the total investment for the five projects had been prepared, while the remaining amount will be mobilized at home and abroad. 



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Users object to Zalo’s use of their images and personal data



Many Zalo users are sharing posts regarding their claims about the right to use personal data. They do not want Zalo to collect and use personal images and data when they use this social network.

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In the past few days, many Zalo users have spread the same message on their personal accounts: “I do not allow Zalo or any organizations or individuals related to Zalo to use my images, information, messages or posts, both in the past, at the present and the future.”

They wrote: “With this statement, I prohibit Zalo from disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any other actions against me based on this personal page and/or its content. The content of this profile is private and confidential. Violation of privacy can be punished by the law.”

In fact, this is not the first time the trend to “claim to protect personal data” has appeared in Vietnam. In late 2019, a similar trend emerged on Facebook, attracting many users.

Like Facebook, Zalo users have to agree to share their information with the Zalo developer from the moment they accept the social network’s terms of use.

Accordingly, in section 7 in Zalo’s terms of use, when using the service of this provider, the user acknowledges that Zalo has the right to use the system APIs to access data on the phone.

These APIs include access to phone contacts, getting the current location with consent, writing application data to a memory card, and accessing the Internet from the device. Along with access right, Zalo will collect information such as personal information, general information, location information, and contacts. However, the developer also commits not to use any means to track the content of the message, exchange or track users.

Today’s Internet platforms force users to agree to rules that are beneficial to these companies if they want to use their products.

From the time they download the app to create an account, users are required to agree to rules and terms. Therefore, it can be said that the claims made by Zalo users do not have much legal value.

However, through these rights-demanding movements, it can be seen that Vietnamese users are increasingly paying more attention to the protection of personal data. This shows a change in perception on the part of the Vietnamese people.

This is a positive movement of the online community because even though the the Internet is virtual, all activities on it are real and have the ability to directly affect anyone in the real world.

Trong Dat


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