Assessed as a country with diverse wetland ecosystems and 25 areas able to meet the criteria of wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, Vietnam ratified and became the 50th signatory to this convention in 1989. It was also the first in Southeast Asia to do so.
The Xe Champhone Wetland Complex is home to an abundance of aquatic biodiversity that support the livelihoods of more than 30 communities, as well as one of the world’s last remaining populations of the critically endangered Siamese crocodile, endangered turtle species, and wetland birds.
WWF-Cambodia noted that River Terns are one of the rarest bird species in Southeast Asia. In Cambodia, their numbers have declined by 80 per cent over the past 20 years, and the nationwide population was estimated at just 54 to 62 individuals in 2018.
The Tra Su cajeput forest covers over 800 hectares in Tinh Bien District, the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, just 150km from Ho Chi Minh City.
According to the MNRE, about 59%, or 6.7 million of 11.4 million tonnes of rubbish from 23 coastal provinces, were properly disposed of, while the rest was discharged into the ocean last year.
Though obvious in retrospect, it was the kind of incremental catastrophe that nobody could recognize until it was too late. That’s what makes Angkor’s abandonment so haunting. On a day-to-day timescale, people living there wouldn’t necessarily have noticed the city’s dramatic transformation.
According to the latest Global Climate Risk Index report, published in January, Vietnam’s economy is among the most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Energy Absolute Plc (EA) have signed a 1.5 billion baht (US$47.6 million) green loan to finance ongoing renewable energy projects and a countrywide electric vehicle (EV) charging network in Thailand.