Staring at the clean, minimalist space with garden alcoves and natural light to spare, it is hard to imagine that this quiet pocket of calm exists in Hanoi; let alone on Trang Thi, one of the busiest and noisiest areas near Hoan Kiem Lake.
The Saigon Flea Market is back on Sunday May 27 from 1pm until 8pm, with the usual haul of vendors who will gather at Boomerang Bistro Saigon with a special "go green" theme.
While “green” is so often used as a marketing buzz word, Pascale Herry, from Buffalo Tours Agency, says that those claiming to be “eco” should meet some criteria, which includes a lodge being located at least 1,000 metres from a village so as not to interfere with local life.
More than any other region in Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is the most in need of green development to mitigate the effects of climate change and upstream damming. Despite its relatively small size — it covers 12 percent of the country — the region is responsible for the production of almost 50 percent of the country’s rice and 90 percent of Vietnam’s rice exports. However, according to projections, 19 to 38 percent of The Delta’s land mass could become submerged if predicted rises in the sea level become reality.
The past 20 years in Vietnam have been remarkable. The economy has expanded by an average of 7 percent annually since the mid-1990s and according to the Vietnam Development Report 2011, “poverty has fallen drastically from 60 percent in 1993 to 14 percent in 2008”. In 2009, Vietnam was reclassified as a “lower-middle-income country”. But much of the economic expansion and inertia has been fueled by the use of domestic natural resources.
The last Javan rhinoceros in Vietnam is dead. After extensive genetic analysis, the World Wildlife Fund confirmed on Oct. 25, 2011 what many in the conservation community have been dreading.
“I disagree when people say Vietnam is not green,” says Phillipe Perruchot, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design architect for Greenspace Property in Vietnam.
The four crew members from Switzerland, Germany, and France seek to focus public attention on the importance of renewable energies. It is scheduled to leave Nha Trang for Singapore on Sep. 3.
Saigon Bus said the CNG buses are expected to save 30 percent of fuel cost and help reduce environmental pollution. While the fuel cost for a diesel-fueled bus is VND500,000 on a 100-km route, the CNG counterpart needs only VND340,000 worth of fuel to cover the same distance, the company informed.