Some 5,000 craft villages across the country have been seriously polluting the environment and threatening the health of residents in surrounding areas.
A resident of Nghệ An Province has released a huge turtle back into nature, despite attractive offers from a meat trader who wanted to buy it.
With drowning still a major problem in Việt Nam, Nguyễn Phi Hậu turned his village's pond into a "pool" to teach local residents to swim.
Bắc Giang Province authorities have ordered a copper-producing factory to halt its operations immediately due to violations in its wastewater discharges.
Ha Noi authorities have sped up the construction of waste treatment projects as well as preparing to put new plants into operation.