Sine 2006, 14 hydroelectric projects in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Kon Tum have been built on 1,000 ha of land of special-use and protective forests, according to the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Investors have not taken steps to replant the forests.
LAO DONG (Labour)
VND170 billion slated for dyke systems
The HCM City People's Committee has approved VND170 billion (US$38 million) for 45 projects to build dyke systems and lines of communication to improve the growing problem of flood and land erosion in riverbank areas, according to the city's Flood and Storm Prevention Office. The dyke systems are about 38 kilometres long.
Weak dykes and land erosion have occurred recently because of floods in rural areas, which have claimed human lives and destroyed property.
(Youth) TUOI TRE
City needs VND7 trillion for hunger relief
At least VND7 trillion (US$333 million) is needed for the city's hunger alleviation and poverty reduction programme for the 2014-15 period, according to the city's People's Committee. The city targets building 1,000 charity houses and loans to help poor households upgrade their homes. If the target is reached, the number of households living under poverty line would fall to zero.
SAI GON GIAI PHONG (Liberated Sai Gon)
Over 1,000 Mekong Delta firms to close
The Ministry of Planning and Investment reported that nearly 1,630 enterprises in the Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta registered to stop operations this year. Of that number, 866 enterprises have decided to cease operations next year.
The region has 50 industrial parks with a total of 353 foreign-direct investment projects with registered capital of US$3.5 billion. The parks have created 200,000 jobs, mostly for local residents.
NGUOI LAO DONG (The Labourer)