Illustration by Đàm Minh Chí by Thu Trang Milk flowers, or hoa sữa, are a familiar sight for Hanoians. They are praised as a symbol of the capital city’s beauty, besides other famous spots like Hoàn Kiếm (Returned Sword) Lake, Văn Miếu-Quốc Tử Giám (Temple of Literature) and the Old Quarter. The flower is also mentioned in famous songs and poems such as Nhớ mùa thu Hà Nội (Remember Hà Nội’s autumn) by Trịnh Công Sơn, Em ơi Hà Nội phố (My dear, Hà Nội Streets) by Phú Quang and Phan Vũ and Hoa sữa (Milk flower) by Hồng Đăng. When news broke that nearly 100 milk flower trees along Trích Sài Street near the West Lake will be moved to the Nam Sơn rubbish dump in Sóc Sơn District, many people were surprised and disgusted. Đỗ Tuấn Anh, chairman … [Read more...] about Are flowers suitable for planting in a rubbish dump?
Tourists visit an organic garden in Thanh Đông Village in Hội An. The farm has become a favourite site for educational trips and tourists as well as a source of safe food for local residents. VNS Photo Chu Mạnh Trinh by Bùi Hoài Nam A group of farmers in Thanh Đông Village, nestled in the busy suburban tourist destination of Hội An's Cẩm Thanh Commune, have transformed their land into a healthy organic garden and a favourite rendezvous for nature lovers by moving away from their prolonged use of pesticides and fertiliser. It was one of the first villages in the suburbs of Hội An that completely stopped using chemical-based nutrients and protective substances, setting the stage for the development of a unique organic agricultural destination. Now, the one-hectare garden in Thanh Đông Village supplies certified organic vegetables for the residents … [Read more...] about Village fields turn organic
Volunteers collect rubbish in Hạ Long Bay. — Photo courtesy of the IUCN QUẢNG NINH — Environmental protection could only be sustainable if authorities, community and businesses work together, according to experts. One example of this is in Hạ Long Bay in northern Quảng Ninh Province where local authorities have banned single-use plastics from September 1. The Hạ Long Bay Management Board has stepped up communications and encouraged tourists to limit the use of plastic bottles and nylon bags while visitng the bay. Service providers were asked to use paper cups, straws and bags to serve their customers, according to vice chairman of the Hạ Long Bay Management Board Phạm Đình Huỳnh. The provincial People’s Committee has also requested all cruise boats to properly treat waste water and port owners to provide waste water treatment services and banned the use of polystyrenes for … [Read more...] about Hạ Long-Cát Bà alliance helps protect heritage environment
Volunteers collect rubbish from Trúc Bạch Lake, Hà Nội. — Photo hanoimoi.com.vn HÀ NỘI — A week-long series of activities to raise awareness about climate change is set to kick off on Friday across Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng and Hội An. The European Union Climate Diplomacy Week 2019, co-organised by the Delegation of European Union (EU) to Việt Nam and the embassies of EU member states, aims to educate young Vietnamese generations about climate change and its impacts on their future. “We want to show our support to the youth and value their efforts in bringing awareness to such a worrying and pressing issue like climate change,” the Delegation of EU in Việt Nam chargée d'Affaires Axelle Nicaise said. “Earth's future depends on our engagement, and so does life as we know it. We have seen last Friday millions of people around the world held a global climate strike, … [Read more...] about Climate change awareness week launched in Việt Nam
An old woman uses paper packages for her cakes on the Chàm Islands. The site is considered the first tourism hub in Việt Nam to say no to plastic. — VNS Photo Công Thành Công Thành QUẢNG NAM — The owners of 44 hotels, homestays, villas and restaurants as well as travel agencies in the central province of Quảng Nam have agreed to take action to reduce the plastic waste their businesses release into the environment. The 'Zero plastic waste tourism' campaign was promoted at a conference in the province's Hội An City earlier this week with the participation of 200 representatives of NGOs, UNESCO and businesses. Recycled paper, bamboo and wood are used to produce non-plastic products. — VNS Photo Lan Anh As well as boosting communications on plastic waste, some members of the Quảng Nam provincial tourism association (QTA) have applied their own solutions to reduce and recycle waste … [Read more...] about Central province to promote zero waste tourism