Environment and natural resources policy and administration

Overview of policy and legal framework

Explainer: What is ecocide?

What is ecocide? In short, ecocide refers to the mass destruction of ecosystems. Formally, it is defined as “unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and either widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by those acts”. ...

Kate Yeo

Environmental management innovation needed to reduce pollution

The environment is suffering great pressure from socio-economic activities with an increase in environmental pollution both in quantity and scale, calling for more effective solutions to handle the issue. The appearance of extreme weather, pollution hotspots at river basins and air pollution are among the main ...

Minh Nguyệt

Online workshop on physical inspection of timber shipments in the Lower Mekong Region hosted by the CITES Secretariat

The Lower Mekong Region is home to around 100 CITES-listed tree species. These include CITES Appendix-II timber-producing species of rosewoods (genus Dalbergia), yew trees (genus Taxus spp.), and agarwood (genus Aquilaria), some of which are highly valuable for international trade. This has made some of these species a target ...

All Thai factories ordered to go ‘green’ by 2025

All Thai factories should have Green Industry certification by 2025, according to a deadline set by Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit on Tuesday. Suriya ordered the Department of Industrial Works (DIW) to push all 71,130 industrial plants across the country to achieve Green Industry standards developed by ...

Hanoi takes initiative in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Joining the Ambitious City Promises project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, since October 2017, Hanoi is making every effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  According to Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and ...

Groundwater Resources Dept and National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Dept to study groundwater resources for ecosystem and wildlife conservation

The Department of Groundwater Resources and the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has conduct a study on the development of groundwater resources for the conservation of ecosystem and wildlife. The study project is being piloted at four national parks with 20 ponds ...

Plain of Jars ready for submission for UNESCO certification next year

L aos will make a submission to UNESCO to include the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang province on the world heritage list early next year after the government approves related documents by the end of this year. The government has prepared all the documents ...

Institute of herb genes conservation launched in Đà Nẵng

Đà Nẵng has established central Viet Nam’s first Green Technology Institute for Herb and Agricultural Gene Conservation. The city’s Union of Science and Engineering Associations said the institute would focus on research and conservation of precious and rare genes including more than 400 genes of herbs ...

Deep-sea fishing banned in Formosa spill area

Fishermen from the central provinces, which saw the Formosa spill, have been warned not to catch species living in the deepest levels of the ocean for 20 nautical miles offshore. Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình issued this advisory on Wednesday during a meeting with ...

Dugongs face extinction in Thailand

Dugongs in Thailand’s waters face extinction unless their habitat and food sources are protected, according to a recent study. One of the most gentle marine mammals, dugongs are facing a serious threat as recent research by the Marine and Coastal Resources Department showed that only ...

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