Deputies want more State attention on environment (29-10-2009) A soil stabilisation forest in Song Cau District’s Xuan Thanh Commune in central Phu Yen Province. Efficiency of a national programme to plant 5 million hectares of forests was one of the matters dealt with by NA deputies at yesterday session. — VNA/VNS Photo The Lap HA NOI — National Assembly deputies yesterday focused on protecting the environment and how Viet Nam should adapt to climate change. Many agreed that the environment had yet to get proper State attention. Deputies said this was highlighted by the establishment of several industrial zones without previous inspections on the treatment of factory waste - and the continued axeing of forest areas. Deputy Vi Trong Le of northern Phu Tho Province said that forests with a total area of 4.6 million hectares had been entrusted to 700 State-owned forest farms. However, most of these forests were being misused or cut down indiscriminately. This … [Read more...] about Deputies want more State attention on environment
How cutting down trees affects the environment
VietNamNet Bridge - The plan to chop down and replace 6,700 trees on 190 streets of Hanoi, at the cost of more than VND73 billion ($3 million), faces public a backlash. The project has already kicked off. In the last few days, hundreds of trees on Nguyen Chi Thanh Road have been cut down, to be replaced by the new ones. Under the pressure of public opinion, Chairman Nguyen The Thao of the Hanoi City People's Committee on Wednesday asked the Department of Construction to review the project. Le Van Duc, Director of the Department of Construction, said the project was approved by the municipal authorities and Nguyen Chi Thanh was chosen as the first place for implementation. "Nguyen Chi Thanh Street has 381 shade trees of 15 species. Of them, there are up to 228 milky flower trees, 81 Acacia trees, and the rest belonging to 13 different species. Due to the lack of uniformity, the Department of Construction proposed replacing these trees with vang tam trees and the Hanoi People's … [Read more...] about Public opposes Hanoi’s tree-cutting project
The Government reported that the program to plant 5 million hectares of forest from 1998-2010 has achieved significant results. All criteria have been met and forest coverage has increased from 32 percent in 1998 to 39.5 percent in 2010. The project helped raise public awareness of protecting and developing forests, improving the ecological environment and creating material zones for the timber processing industry and other forestry products. However, the hot issue is how the actual coverage affects the environment. The Government authorized the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to report on the project during the ongoing National Assembly working session. Thirteen years after the project began, 4.675 million hectares of forest have been planted or replanted, which was 93.5 percent of the plan. Forest areas increased from 10.4 million hectares in 1998 to nearly 13.4 million hectares in 2010, of which natural forest rose from 9.5 million to 10.3 million hectares, … [Read more...] about Improving the quality of forest coverage
People living along the Mekong Delta may not have ever heard about climate change, but they live with its consequences everyday. A man made dike is being enforced by mud to resist the havoc of climate change Huynh Ngoc Kieu has never heard about climate change. But she lives with its consequences. As we stop by at her house, the 33 year old woman is hard at work pulling nails out of her old floor boards; taking the house apart to move it away from the coastline - and away from the frontline of climate change. Situated on the edge of land in the Mekong Delta’s southernmost Ca Mau Province, where one of the many outflows of the vast Mekong River runs into the sea right on the border with Bac Lieu Province, it was barely four months ago since the family last moved their house away from the coastline. Huynh Ngoc Kieu has never heard of climate change, but taking the family's house apart for the second time in four months to move it out of reach of the waves, she has felt the … [Read more...] about On the frontline of climate change
VietNamNet Bridge – A tree-felling project runs foul of public opinion, highlighting Hanoians' deep, spiritual ties with the city's trees. Luong Thu Huong and Le Huong talk to a few experts about the re-greening challenges that lie ahead. Fringe benefits: A view of the Thu Le Lake in dowtown Ha Noi. The tree coverage in the city is at around 2sq.m per person. The city plans to increase this slowly, by planting 1,500-2,000 trees every year. — VNS Photos Truong Vi He could not quite put his finger on the overwhelming sadness that he felt. "The street that has been so familiar to me suddenly became completely strange," said Nguyen Tuan Anh. The student of the Ha Noi University on Nguyen Trai Street, was referring to the felling of a row of xa cu (African mahogany) trees and their replacement with a species he did not recognise. The street was at the heart of the controversy last week as the chopping of 500 streettrees provoked widespread protests by Hanoians. The … [Read more...] about Is Hanoi barking up the wrong tree?