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.
The arc where mountains meet the plains via the Mekong and other major river valleys form the Indo-Burma hotspot that includes Laos is well known as an area of immense natural and ecological value.
Garbage, including dumped plastic products, piles up throughout the Mekong Delta region.
Vietnamese consumers’ demonstrated a willingness to pay for rice produced and labeled under the national sustainable production standard “VietGAP”.
Leaders of the Mekong nations have raised concerns over the development of hydropower along the river system following the collapse of a major dam in Laos in July.
Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is one of the world’s most at-risk areas from the effects of climate change, posing challenges both for its environment and population in years to come. Photos credit: Luke Duggleby
Despite knowing the damage she was causing, Nguyen Thi Vang still walks through the coral reef in the Tam Hai sea to collect seaweed for her daily meals. “When I walk, I heard its broken sound and I feel painful,” said Nguyen.