“We would like to apply our experience to a larger set of cities in Vietnam to create a nationally representative city resilience index.”
Because of climate change, Vietnam’s Kien Giang province is struggling to maintain its place as the country’s biggest rice producer, a distinction it has held for nearly two decades.
Villagers appreciate that the PFES program helps to restore forests. However, they are disappointed that its objective of lifting people out of poverty is still far from being realized.
China has dammed and now controls the flow of the Mekong River, yet omplaints about the Mekong have been muffled, in part because China has little to fear from smaller countries like Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia.
Nearly 9,000 imported scrap containers remain at the country’s ports, but now must be moved out of the country immediately as any delay could pose a risk of serious environmental pollution.
Vietnam will apply higher environmental protection taxes on oil and petroleum products from Jan. 1, 2019 to increase tax collection by over 15,700 billion Vietnamese dong (682.6 million U.S. dollars) a year.
The Mekong delta is home to 17 million people, a major source of rice for the region and it underpins a quarter of Vietnam’s GDP – yet most of it is sinking.
Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has requested the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment strengthen inspections on environmental protection in mineral mining.
Despite increasing demand for clean agricultural products, the production of clean agricultural products remains insignificant and the majority of consumers find it difficult to get access to clean farm produce.
But now, so many people are getting rich by taking sand from the riverbed, draining underground water, excavating the earth for mining, and cutting down forests for timber, just taking as much as they can.