|Vietnam Moving Forward with AQM|
The Clean Air Partnership, the local network of CAI-Asia, participated in the Teambuilding 2006 workshop held on 13-18 January 2006, Philippines.
CAI-Asia has been instrumental in helping Vietnam achieve better understanding of air pollution and air quality management. Vietnam Register, for its part, has acknowledged the CAI-Asia's direct or indirect influence in the following activities:
- Integrated Action Plan for Reduction of Vehicle Emissions (NAP-VE)
- Driver Manual (Chapter on environmental issues)
- Developing a road map for achieving Euro standards in new vehicles and fuel to improve air quality in Vietnam (on-going, US-AEP grant)
- Clean motorcycle pilot project (Swisscontact)
- Vehicle emission inventory and measures focusing on motorcycles, buses, and trucks (World Bank, preparing)
In addition, stakeholders from Vietnam met in Agra, India during a local networking session of BAQ 2004 to discuss feasible actions to improve air quality. The session -- which was chaired by Phan Quynh Nhu -- resulted in specific commitments to be implemented over the next two years.
|Measures urged to curb traffic pollution|
Transportation, which is responsible for 70 per cent of urban pollution, should be made more eco-friendly to achieve sustainable development, a senior official said.
|Transport department wants single agency on traffic lights|
The HCM City Department of Transport is seeking permission from the municipal People’s Committee for setting up a single control centre that will take over the work of operating traffic signals and surveillance cameras that are done by two agencies now.
|Right of way: making sense of urban traffic|
Seven months after Ha Noi authorities admitted the failure of dividing Dai Co Viet-Tran Khat Chan Road into dedicated lanes for automobiles, motorbikes and bicycles – previously undertaken on a trial basis – the city Department of Transport last Sunday restarted the project. By Ngoc Bich
|Viet Nam logistics infrastructure still lagging|
Experts have said that logistics will be a key element to enhance Viet Nam’s competitiveness, as the country is expected to become a hub for both logistics and port operation. However, there are some concerns about the development of this sector.
|World Carfree Day (Sept 22) in Vietnam|
Echoing to the World Carfree Day, the Bicycling Club for Environment and the Club Green Vietnam have co-operated with other clubs in organizing activities on "pollution from transport and community actions" in the following cities: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, Hue, and Khanh Hoa. By Nguyen Hoang Yen, VCAP
|Environment goes up in smoke|
Vietnam’s speedy industrialisation and urbanisation is filling the nation’s lung with heavy air pollution which cannot be cured overnight. Thanh Tung reports.
|Workshop On "Climate Change Issue By Journalists" |
On August 28-29, 2008, the Vietnam Forum of Environmental Journalists (VFEJ), a member of the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE), held a workshop entitled "Climate Change Issue by Journalists," in Ha Tinh province to raise the awareness of journalists on the issue of climate change.
|Vietnam's love for motorbike sours|
Ever since this once-impoverished communist country’s economy began taking off in the 1990s, the motorbike has been an icon of wealth and modernization. By Matt Steinglass
|Trans-Vietnam Cycling for Environment Program|
The Trans-Vietnam Cycling for Environment Program was implemented by the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) and its member - the Cycling for Environment (C4E) Club from July 29 to August 8, 2008. By Nguyen Hoang Yen, VCAP
|VCAP participates in Intern Exchange for AQM |
The president of the Vietnam Clean Air Partnership (VCAP), Prof.Dr.Sc. Pham Ngoc Dang, has signed a Partnership Agreement on the exchange of interns under the Fredskorpset South - South Program. By Nguyen Hoang Yen, VCAP
|Workshop on Odor Pollution Control in Vietnam |
On August 5, 2008, in Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) in cooperation with SEMLA and PCDA projects of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a workshop on "Standards and Technologies for smell pollution control in Vietnam".
|Suburban population "living together" with garbage |
The Hue province is suffering from terrible odor and heavy existence of flies coming from open garbage dumps, including the modern ward South Vy Da (Hue City) and hundreds of households in suburban Phu Thuong commune, Phu Vang district, Thua Thien. By Hoai Thuong Thua Thien, Hue Newspaper
|Urban areas grow without rhyme or reason |
While urbanisation roars ahead in Vietnam, a lack of strategic and synchronised plans is leading to chaotic construction, unworkable traffic systems and high environmental pollution, particularly in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
|HCM City – super pollution|
HCM City, with a population of nearly 8 million, plans to develop itself into a super-city, but this future super-city is at danger of being super polluted.
|Kitchen smoke silent killer in poor Asia|
Luong Van Inh is among a neglected group of Asians threatened by an environmental hazard rarely considered: indoor air pollution. Caused by burning wood, coal or other cheap fuels in kitchens, it kills about 1.5 million people worldwide each year.
|HCM City: air polluted with lead|
The volume of lead in the air of HCM City has doubled, from 0.5ìg/m3 to more than 1ìg/m3. Scientists suspect that the sale of leaded gas in the market recently is the reason for the abnormal increase of lead in the air.
|HCMC to Have Tight Control on Vehicle Emission|
To achieve goals concerning cleaner fuels and vehicles in Viet Nam, the Viet Nam Register and the HCMC Department of Environment and Natural Resources have cooperated to launch an inspection campaign on local vehicles, especially motorbikes.
|Vietnam Clean Air Partnership now has a Coordinator and Executive Officer|
With the assistance and encouragement of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) and financial support from the Swiss–Vietnam Clean Air Project, Phase 1 (SVCAP I), since 1 August 2007, the Vietnam Clean Air Partnership (VCAP) now has a permanent staff functioning as a Coordinator cum Executive Officer to support VCAP activities.
|Need to impose air pollution charge |
Recently, in Ward 10, District 6 HCMC, the emission from a workshop was too much that a resident living near by packed the pollution components in an envelop and sent it to the Central Party and State office in HCMC which made an official opening the envelop faint immediately.
|Air pollution tax a breath of fresh air|
The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry’s Vice Director of Environmental Protection, Nguyen Van Tai, talked to Tin Tuc (News) newspaper about a proposed tax on gas emissions.
|Air pollution fast becoming an issue in booming Vietnam|
A decade ago, bicycles and three-wheeled pedal taxis rode quietly down the tree-lined streets of Vietnam's capital. Today, 1.8 million motorcycles and scooters buzz through Hanoi in a confused and unrelieved cacophony. By Thomas Fuller International Herald Tribune
|Seminar “Journalists and Ambient Air Environmental Problems: Needs and Approaches”|
On the occasion of the Vietnamese Revolution Press Day on 21/6/2007, Vietnam Environmental Protection Agency (VEPA) in collaboration with Swiss-Vietnamese Clean Air Program (SVCAP) held a seminar entitled “Journalists and ambient air environment: needs and approaches” with the participation of environment journalists, environment management authorities, environment scientists and experts on 22, 23/6/2007 in Dai Lai, Vnh Phuc.
|Nation may lose 12% of land to rising sea levels|
More than 12 per cent of Viet Nam’s land area, including some of its most fertile agricultural land, would likely be lost if the world’s sea levels continue to rise at current rates, warned Setsuko Yamazaki, the UN Development Programme country director in Viet Nam, at a meeting held yesterday in the city of Da Nang to note World Environment Day.
|Urbanisation must include green spaces|
Hanoians raised cries of protest when they read newspaper articles stating that a new project was going to convert Thong Nhat (Reunification) Park into an entertainment centre modelled after Disneyland. By Thu Huong
|Botched eco-project brings urban misery|
After seven years of shoddy implementation, over three quarters of the HCM City Environmental Improvement Project, which was scheduled to be completed in late 2005, remains unfinished. By Le Hung Vong
|Women's Union targets smokers|
Ten per cent of Vietnamese will die from health problems related to cigarette smoking, according to a research by the Viet Nam Women’s Union Study Centre.
|Viet Nam Law on Environmental Protection (2005) |
DISCLAIMER: CAI-Asia can not assure that this is an official English translation of the Law. This version was taken from this link - http://www.dpi.hochiminhcity.gov.vn/invest/html/Law-on-Environment.html
|Capacity Building for Hanoi in Air Quality Management |
On 23-26 June 2008, the Swiss-Vietnamese Clean Air Program (SVCAP), in cooperation with Hanoi Department for Natural Resources, Environment and Housing (DONREH), the Vietnam Environmental Protection Agency (VEPA), and the CAI-Asia Center, held a training course on “Integrated approaches for Air Quality Management” in Do Son, Hai Phong. By Dang Kim Chi, VCAP
|Workshop on Mobile Source Emissions Inventory in Hanoi|
On September 12, 2008, the Vietnam General Department of Environment, in coordination with the Swiss -Vietnamese Clean Air Program (SVCAP), organized a Technical Workshop on Mobile Source Emission Inventory in Hanoi. By Phan Quynh Nhu, SVCAP
|The full success of Earth Hour in Hue City|
Following the World Wide Fund for nature (WWF) about Earth Hour, the Department of Environmental Resource and Institute of Biotechnology organized Earth Hour in Hue City.
|Vietnam National Target Program to Response to Climate Change |
Vietnam launched a National Target Program on Climate Change Response for a period from 2009 – 2015. MONRE shall assist the National Executive Board to coordinate activities of Ministries, sectors, provinces in managing and implementing the NT