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Understanding Vietnam: Environmental

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Vietnam.

At A Glance


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The central coast of Vietnam is home to historical sites and long shorelines of sandy beaches. It boasts a thriving tourist and fishing industry. Beginning early April 2016, local farmers in Ha Tinh, a province north of Hue, shares about their perspectives on the changed scenery. 

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Can Tho on the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam. Building more dams along the Mekong River will destroy the livelihoods of millions of people, according to a report commissioned by the Vietnamese government. Learn how plans to construct new dams will damage crops with salt water intrusion, particularly in the South where the Mekong finishes its journey.


This section explores the environmental aspects in Vietnam.

Learn the impact of Vietnam, 35 years after the end of the war. Generations of Vietnamese continue to be born with birth defects and other illnesses believed to be the result of exposure to herbicide Agent Orange.

Coal-fired thermal power has devastated environmental and human health in Binh Thuan province of Vietnam. Yet, money and corruption have long suppressed victims’ voices, while continuing to feed coal expansion and worsen climate change effects altogether. Through this documentary, it creates a public platform that broadcasts the voices of coal victims in Binh Thuan, Vietnam.


Soil degradation is a major challenge for Vietnam's farmers. Find out how Biochar is going to be the solution forward.

The Global Wildlife Program, led by the World Bank and funded by the Global Environment Facility is working with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Vietnam to enhance national capacity to implement and enforce wildlife laws and protect the remaining wildlife populations in Vietnam. Follow the forest rangers in Son Tra Peninsula in Vietnam on their daily patrol in the forest.

Vietnam Electricity (EVN) modernizes with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) devices, which supports international standard (IEC 61850) and are built for the harsh environments of Vietnam. Learn how EVN improved reliability while drastically reducing costs at the same time.

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