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Vietnam to plant extra 20,000ha coastal forest to cope with climate change

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Vietnam will plant 20,000ha of forests as part of a project to protect and develop coastal forests in response to climate change and to push green growth over the next 10 years.

Vietnam to plant extra 20,000ha coastal forest to cope with climate change
An aerial view of a mangrove in Quang Dien District of the central province of Thua Thien Hue. — VNA/VNS Ho Cau

The project has been approved by Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh, to achieve sustainable management, protection and use of existing and newly planted forests between now and 2030.

It also aims to effectively promote the role and functions of forests in coastal defence, environment protection and coastal infrastructure systems as well as prevent desertification and land degradation while conserving biodiversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as creating jobs for people in coastal areas.

The project will also contribute to socio-economic development, protecting the environment, strengthening national defence and security, while reducing natural disasters and effectively responding to climate change and the rise of sea levels.

Recovering and developing coastal forests are among the main tasks in the 10-year period. Among the 20,000ha to be planted, 11,000ha will be grown in the first five years.

Vietnam will also enhance the capacity and development of livelihoods for communities and local people who help protect the forests.

To achieve these targets, the country will strengthen communication work to raise awareness of the roles and values of coastal forests, develop seedlings for afforestation, protect and develop mangroves especially in Mekong Delta region, and grow forests to combat sand storms, among many others.

Between 2015-2017, Vietnam planted a total 12,385ha of coastal forests in response to climate change and the coastal forest protection project for 2015-2020. However, the figure has fulfilled only 22 per cent of the target set, which aimed to grow 46,058ha of forests by 2020.

According to a report of World Bank, Vietnam is highly vulnerable to sea level rises and storms along the coast, highlighting, the critical importance of mangrove and coastal forests.

Source: Vietnam News

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/vietnam-to-plant-extra-20-000ha-coastal-forest-to-cope-with-climate-change-782326.html

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Hanoi faces waste storage crisis

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Xuan Son Landfill in Hanoi’s Son Tay Town stopped receiving waste from October 6 due to overloading. Local authorities have had to move all rubbish to the Nam Son Landfill in Soc Son District which is also reaching full capacity.

Xuan Son Landfill has closed due to overloading


The city is facing a rubbish treatment crisis.

In an urgent report announced by the managers of the Xuan Son Landfill, all three tailings ponds built to contain wastewater from buried rubbish at the landfill have already reached their capacity. The ponds now contain about 54,000 cubic metres of wastewater while some 3,000 cubic metres more are kept in temporary containers.

“We’ve been trying to collect the wastewater spill from the overloaded tailings ponds,” the report said. “The problems have been temporarily curbed and we have started a 10-day pilot plan to receive 500 tonnes of waste a day from October 20.”

The managers have also proposed to build more tailings ponds on a 5.6-hectare area in Ba Vi District.

Over the past two weeks, authorities in Son Tay Town have had to gather rubbish in temporary areas while the Xuan Son Landfill closed. Families in some areas have been asked to keep rubbish in their homes as there were no public places to put the waste.

At present, the capital has two landfills, Xuan Son and Nam Son, which are all treating waste by burying. Both of these landfills have constantly operated beyond their capacity and are now already overloaded.

The Xuan Son Landfill used to deal with 1,400 tonnes of rubbish a day which was 230 tonnes higher than their capacity.

In an effort to deal with the problem, Hanoi People’s Committee Vice-Chairman Nguyen Trong Dong has asked the construction department to build a new 2.2-hectare dumping site in Ba Vi District.

Meanwhile, the Soc Son Waste-to-Energy project in Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex which was expected to deal with 90 percent of waste at the Nam Son Landfill failed to finish construction as expected in September.

The project was approved in late 2017 with a total investment of VND7 trillion (USD303 million). Once completed, it will be the largest in Vietnam and the second largest in the world with a capacity of handling 4,000 tonnes of dry solid waste per day.

Speaking with the Tien Phong Newspaper, a representative from the project investor, the Hanoi-based Thien Y Environmental Energy JSC, said that they faced difficulties in employing staff due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak.

Vice-Chairman Nguyen Trong Dong urged the investor to try to put the plant into operation by March next year.

Source: Dtinews

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/hanoi-faces-waste-storage-crisis-785070.html

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Investigation launched to find killers of endangered langurs in Quảng Ngãi

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The corpses of five grey-shanked douc langurs (pygathrix cinerea) who are one of the world’s 25 most critically endangered primates. — Photo courtesy of Chí Đại 

QUẢNG NGÃI — Local ranger and police forces have been tracking illegal hunters who killed five grey-shanked douc langurs (pygathrix cinerea). The remains of the critically endangered species were found at Kon Căng forest in Kon Dốc commune of the central province’s Ba Tơ District.

The grey-shanked douc langur is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list as one of the world’s 25 most critically endangered primates. The primates can only be found in Việt Nam.

Head of Ba Tơ forest protection section, Ngô Vĩnh Phong, said remains of the five endangered primates were found by a patrol on October 8. The local rangers, police and militia recovered valuable evidence left behind by the hunters which they hope will aid their investigation. 

He said hunters had left the forest when rangers came, leaving the five corpses, one motorbike, an air tank, 53 dust shots and a silencer at the site.

Phong said the illegal hunters used handmade air guns to kill the primates, based on an examination of the bodies.  

The forest is under the management of Ba Tơ forestry private company, he added.

It’s the worst illegal hunting case of endangered wildlife in the province since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Frankfurt Zoological Society, some 1,000 grey-shanked doucs have been found in forests of Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Bình Định, Kon Tum and Gia Lai.

According to the provincial forest department, at least three illegal logging cases have been found in protected forest areas in Phổ Phong Commune of Đức Phổ Town, Sơn Long Commune of Sơn Tây District and Long Môn Village in Minh Long District between late September and early October.

The province plans to allocate 6ha of coastal forest protection area for the development of the Dung Quất-Sa Huỳnh Road. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/environment/1063234/investigation-launched-to-find-killers-of-endangered-langurs-in-quang-ngai.html

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About 800 delegates to attend virtual Vietnam Security Summit 2021

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The Vietnam Security Summit 2021 will be held via videoconference on October 27-28, with the participation of about 800 delegates across various fields.

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A teacher gives a lesson online. 

Endorsed by the Ministry of Information and Communications, it is the largest annual cyber security conference and expo in Vietnam.

Themed ‘Cyber Security in the Digital Age: Challenges and Solutions’, the event offers chances for policymakers, experts and security solution companies at home and abroad to meet and share experience so as to improve capacity to cope with risks in cyberspace, protect information system in digital transformation, and develop e-Government.

The event comprises three thematic sessions related to cloud computing, protection of key information network and enterprise information system.

A virtual exhibition on cyberspace safety is to be held in the framework of the event, which will be attended by more than 20 leading security solution providers of the region and the world such as Kapersky, Viettel Cyber Security and Cloudflare.

More information of the event can be found at www.securitysummit.vn./.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/about-800-delegates-to-attend-virtual-vietnam-security-summit-2021-784748.html

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