Vincomin raises coal prices by 20-40 pct unexpectedly

As reported by VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam Coal and Mineral Industries’ (Vinacomin) proposal to raise coal prices by 20-40 percent beginning on April 1 was unexpectedly approved by the Ministry of Finance.


Asia Development Bank warns soaring food prices push millions of Asians into poverty


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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Resurgent global food prices, which posted record increases in the first two months of 2011, are again threatening to push millions of people in developing Asia into extreme poverty, says a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) titled 'Global Food Price Inflation and Developing Asia'.

Air Pollution in Vietnam

Air pollution alert

VietNamNet Bridge – “Air pollution in Vietnam is getting serious in comparison with Southeast Asia and other Asian countries,” said Dang Van Loi, Deputy Director of the Agency for Pollution Control, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.


Điện gió Bình Thuận (First large wind power plant in Vietnam)

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Việt Nam có tiềm năng gió rất lớn với tổng tiềm năng điện gió ước đạt 513.360MW, tức là bằng hơn 200 lần công suất của thuỷ điện Sơn La. 5 tuabin điện gió với tổng công suất 7,5MW của nhà máy sản xuất điện gió đầu tiên của Việt Nam đặt tại huyện Tuy Phong, tỉnh Bình Thuận vừa được đưa vào vận hành.

Film: Vietnam forests managed by local communities

Local communities provide the best hope of protecting Vietnam’s forests, but they need the right tools. That’s the message of a new film released last week by the NGO International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). [click on image below to view the film] 

IIED Film: Local people manage Vietnam forest


Southeast Asia food security threatened by climate change: poses grave threat to China says Ministry of Agriculture

BEIJING, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Climate change will compound challenges of food security for Southeast and East Asia, experts issued the warning in Beijing Tuesday [March 29, 2011].

Man Ho So, deputy regional representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said the region is still home to a quarter of the world's undernourished people and food security remains as a major concern.

Vietnam to launch earth observation satellite

Vietnam will launch its first remote sensing satellite in 2014, according to the Space Technology Institute of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.  

The Head of the Space Technology Institute, Associate Professor Doan Minh Chung said that the satellite, called VNREDSat-1, will be designed and assembled using French technology in 2013.

Vietnam signs MoU to help ensure food security in Bangladesh

Vietnam is willing to provide Bangladesh with long-term supply of rice to ensure food security in the country, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said in Hanoi on Monday.

The Vietnamese premier made the assurance when he received Bangladesh's Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, who is on a visit to Vietnam.

He also said Vietnam's consistent policy is to promote ties with Bangladesh in various areas, particularly in economic relations, trade and investment, according to a Vietnam News Agency.

Flexibility key to tackling climate change issue in Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta

Long-term vision and short-term planning should be the twin planks on which the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta should base its adaptation to climate change, Dutch experts said at a workshop yesterday.

EEPSEA Climate Change Vulnerability Map

Climate Map SE Asia

Map date: 2009

Covering 530 sub-national areas of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, this map combines different elements that contribute to vulnerability - climate-related hazards, capacity to adapt and human and ecological sensitivity - using data from organisations such as the Center for International Earth Science Information Network and the World Wildlife Fund.

All regions of the Philippines are at high risk from tropical cyclones, floods, landslides and droughts, but Jakarta is the most vulnerable city in the region - a victim of the intersection of all climate-related hazards except cyclones.

Other regions regarded as most vulnerable include Vietnam's Mekong River Delta and Bangkok, due to their exposure to sea-level rise.

Full report attached here in pdf.

NOTE: EEPSEA was established in May 1993 to support research and training in environmental and resource
economics. Its objective is to enhance local capacity to undertake the economic analysis of
environmental problems and policies. It uses a networking approach, involving courses, meetings,
technical support, access to literature and opportunities for comparative research. Member countries are
Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, China, and Papua New
EEPSEA is supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC); the Swedish
International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); and the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA).

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Prolonged drought wreaks havoc in Dak Lak

DAK LAK - Prolonged drought has left nearly 5,000 local residents in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak facing severe water shortages and damaged thousands of crops, causing estimated losses of more than VND300 billion (US$15 million).

More than 13,000ha of crops across Dak Lak had been damaged, including more than 10,000ha of coffee and 2,500ha of short-term crops, reported the local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Mekong Delta farmers brace for tough dry season - long harsh drought forecast

With meteorologists forecasting a longer, harsher drought for the Mekong Delta this summer, authorities in the region's coastal provinces are trying to provide sufficient water for both crops and daily household use.

Raising public awareness of natural disasters prevention


It is necessary to raise public awareness of the need to actively prevent natural disasters to cope with the upcoming storm season.

The Mekong Delta: Environmental changes are challenging farmers and government

About a year ago some farmers from Binh Thanh commune in Vietnam's southern rice growing heartland suspected the worst -- that their irrigation water had become too salty.


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