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VESDEC (Vietnam Environmental Science and Development Institute) is a Non-Governmental Organization established from the former Environmental Protection Center, set up in 1995. VESDEC has obtained an updated License N 237/DK-KHCN permitted to carry out business in environmental science and engineering in Vietnam and other countries.
The major services in environmental sciences and engineering of VESDEC are as follow:
1. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) for development projects and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for strategies/plans/policies.
2. Environmental monitoring/supervision for regions and/or projects. Environmental audit for international and national projects.
3. Environmental planning to integrate environmental protection into socio-economic development planning.
4.  Consultancy in environmental pollution control.
5.  Research and consultancy in sustainable development.
6.  Training in environmental science and technology.
7.  International co-operation in the above mentioned fields.
VESDEC includes:
           Head Quarter/Southern Branch: 179, Bachdang, Ward 2, Tanbinh Dist., Ho Chi Minh City.
 Phone:(84-8)38489284; Fax :(84-8)38489285 ; E.mail: vesdec@yahoo.com  and
 Northern Branch:  B19, Lot 9, Dinhcong New Urban Quarter, Hoangmai Dist., Hanoi.
 Phone:  (84-4) 22133668 E. mail: vesdec@yahoo.com; hanoi@vesdec.com.vn
 Representative Office in Central Region: 92, Thanhhai, Haichau Dist., Danang City
 Phone: 0511-3824547, E.mail : lta78@yahoo.com.vn
VESDEC Director: Phone:098-2619336; E.mail: trinh.vesdec@yahoo.com and
          VESDEC Management Board:
- Director:  Le Trinh, Ass. Prof. Dr., Senior Environmentalist, Deputy President of  Vietnam Association of Environmental Impact Assessment.
- Deputy Director: Nguyen Duy Cuong, MSc. Env. Engineering, Director of ENVITECH Co.
- Director of Northern Branch:  Pham Tien Dzung, MSc., Env. Science.
-  Head of Representative Office in the Central Region: Le Ky Nam, Engineer.

VESDEC Scientific Council:

  1. Le Thac Can, Prof. Dr., Chairman (Hanoi)
  2. Le Trinh, Ass. Prof. Dr., Deputy Chairman (Ho Chi Minh City)
  3. Dang Trung Thuan, Prof. Dr. (Hanoi)
  4. Nguyen Ky Phung, Prof. Dr. (Ho Chi Minh City)
  5. Nguyen Huu Chiem, Ass. Prof. Dr. (Cantho)
  6. Pham Van Mien, Senior Ecologist (Ho Chi Minh City)
  7. Nguyen Duy Cuong, MSc. Env. Engineering (Ho Chi Minh City)
In 2015 the Institute for Environmental Science and Development (VESDEC) with effective cooperation from national and international specialists has properly implemented various national and international projects/assignments in research and consultancy in environmental monitoring, impact assessment and training. Summaries of the main projects and assignments are given below.
1.  Research and Consultancy in Environmental Science and Technology
1. Implement of External Environmental Monitoring for the ADB Funded “Benluc- Longthanh Expressway Project - Construction Stage”
The “Benluc - Longthanh Expressway Project funded by ADB and JICA (Japan) with a cost of over USD 1.7 billion is the most expensive road transport project in Vietnam.  This includes construction of 58.5 km of 4 lane road and construction of 2 very large bridges and a number of small bridges. After bidding process, VESDEC was selected by ADB and Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) to be an Independent Environmental Monitoring Consultant in a duration of 5 years (2015 -2019) with a frequency of one month/year.
From 25th April to 30th May 2015 VESDEC international and national monitoring specialists have implemented the “Environmental Due Diligence” required by ADB to assess the compliance of the Project Management Unit (PMU), the Contractors and Environmental Monitoring Consultants on the ADB environmental requirements in the EMP and particularly on the damage of mangrove forest.
From the data and information obtained from field surveys at the road construction sites, mangrove forest areas, public consultation and checking the environmental documents of the PMU and Contractors VESDEC Team has prepared a report on the results of the Environmental Due Diligence Implementation. Evaluation of the compliance of the relevant units is detailed and clear. The report was finalized in September 2015 and it was cleared by ADB and VEC.
        Alignment of Benluc-Longthanh Expressway   Environmental supervision at spoil disposal site
        Operation of bored pile: unproper spoil mamagement  Public environmental consultation meeting
        Monitoring mangrove forest at the project area      Proposed location for mangrove replanting
2. Implementation of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Preparation of Land Acquisition Policy Framework (LAPF) for the JICA Study on Improvement of Living Conditions for Workers Around Industrial Zones

At present, living conditions of workers around industrial zones in Vietnam are poor in water and electrical supply, environmental sanitation, cultural activity etc. Therefore, JICA (Japan) supported this study. The study is implemented by a Consortium of Japanese consulting firms led by Nine Steps Co. and VESDEC was selected to be a National Consultant in EIA and LAPF studies. The study area is located in Myhao District, Hungyen Province.
In June 2015 VESDEC EIA and LAPF teams have started to conduct field survey, collection of environmental samples and analysis of the air, surface water, groundwater and soil samples in laboratories. Surveys to collect data in socioeconomic conditions at the project communes was implemented. SEA and LAPF reports were prepared in November 2015. The studies will be completed in January 2016.
        Water sampling at the study area        Study on biological environment at the project area

        Left: Air sampling and noise, vibration measurement at the study area     
        Right: A part of the study area at Phung Chi Kien Commune, Myhao District.
3. Study to Prepare Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report for Project of Construction of Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Plant at Omon District, Cantho City
This project aims at resolve municipal solid waste for Cantho City. With a treatment capacity of 495 m3/day, invested by ECOTECH Vietnam this is a largest project in solid waste treatment by incineration in the Mekong Delta Region. From July 2015 VESDEC has implemented EIA study with baseline data collection by field surveys on the environmental quality, ecology and social conditions, laboratory analysis, public consultation and studies on impact prediction by modeling (AERMOD for prediction of air pollution dispersion); proposals of mitigation measures and environmental management plan (EMP). EIA report was completed in October 2015 and submitted to MONRE in December 2015.
        Left: Location of Project Area. Right: Field survey to collect data on the present air pollution at the project area.
        Some results on prediction of areas polluted by NO2 (left) and dust (right) in cases of without treatment of air emission from the incinerators.
4. Study to Prepare Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report for Project of “Construction of New International Terminal at Danang International Airport”

Danang International Airport (DIA) has a very important role in Vietnam and regional air transport. However, with the present technical facilities and terminals DIA will not meet the rapid increase of number of passengers in the near future which is predicted as 14.5 mil in 2025 and 20 mil (6,0 mil. of international passengers) in 2030. Therefore, construction of a new international terminal is urgently required  by the Government and Ministry of Transport. The Project of “Construction of New International Terminal at Danang International Airport” is invested by JV AHT Corp. and its EIA study is implemented by VESDEC.
From November 2015 VESDEC in collaboration with Danang Center for Environmental Technology has implemented data collection by field surveys on the environmental quality, ecology and social conditions, laboratory analysis. VESDEC specialists have implemented prediction of water, air, soil pollution, green house gas emission, ecological and social impacts. Particularly, prediction of the increased noise (road traffic noise and aircraft noise)  is implemented using internationally accepted models (SOUND32 for road traffic noise and Lden and WECPNL noise models for prediction of areas impacted by aircraft noise).
Mitigation measures and environmental management plan (EMP) were suggested. EIA report was completed in 31/December /2015.
        Left: International terminal in the future  Right: Location of environmental monitoring for EIA study.
        Left: Aquatic organism sampling at the lakes receiving runoff water from the airport 
        Right: Results of noise monitoring at present time.
        Left: Result of prediction of NO2 pollution area by increased road traffic in 2030; Right: Result of prediction of noise pollution area by increased road traffic in 2030.
        Left: Result of prediction of Lden noise pollution area at Danang central districts by airplane landing down and taking off  in 2030. Right: Result of prediction of WECPNL noise pollution area at wide area of Quangnam and Danang provinces by airplanes in 2030.
5. Completion of EIA Study for the Project of Rod Steel Plant and 2 Waste Treatment Stations in Formosa Steel Complex

This Project with a cost of USD 350 mil., invested by Formosa Steel Company in Vungang Economic Zone in Hatinh Province includes a rod steel plant of 2.14 million ton/year, a sludge treatment station and a steel waste treatment station. The EIA for this project was conducted by VESDEC from June 2014 and the draft EIA report was reviewed by Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) in October 2014. After revision the final EIA report was approved by MONRE in June 2015
        VESDEC EIA Study Team at the Formosa Steel Complex in Hatinh Province    Field survey at the project site.
6.  Study and Preparation of  Environmental Monitoring Report for the “Detailed Environmental Protection Project for Condao Airport”
Condao airport located on Condao Island of Baria – Vungtau Province is used for both civil and military aircrafts. Based on the requirements of the “Detailed Environmental Protection Project for Condao Airport” in 2015 VESDEC has implemented quarterly environmental monitoring program for the airport. Quarterly monitoring reports were prepared indicated the air, water and wastewater quality and suggestion of pollution control measures to comply with the National Environmental Technical Regulations.
All environmental monitoring reports were cleared by Baria – Vungtau Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
        Left: Noise, microclimate measurements and air sampling at the airport in October 2015
        Right: Location of wastewater sampling sites at Condao airport.
7.  Implementation of the Project of Preparing Report on the State of the Environment of Thainguyen Province, Period 2011 -2015
This important project has been implementing by VESDEC in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Sub-Department of the DONRE of Thainguyen Province from October 2014. Based on the annual environmental monitoring data provided by the Provincial Environmental Monitoring Centre combining with the additional data collected by VESDEC from field surveys at the ecological zones of the province and environmental analysis a Report on the Provincial State of the Environment from 2011 to 2015 has prepared. The DPSIR (Drive – Pressure – State – Impact - Response) model was applied in the study. Workshops for evaluation of the study results were held in July. October and December 2015.
        Discussion on the DPSIR methodology     Present landscape of Thansa-Phuonghoang Nature Reserve in Vonhai District.
        Air emission sampling by VESDEC Team at Quangson Cement Plant    Present Thainguyen Stell Complex - one of the largest pollution sources in Thainguyen Province.
        Left: Change of BOD values at the water quality monitoring stations from 2011 to 2014.
        Right: Change TSP concentrations at the air quality monitoring stations from 2011 to 2014.
8. Implementation of the Project of “Developing Models for Management of Wastes Containing Pesticides in Thainguyen Province”
Wastes containing pesticides is a serious environmental problem in rural areas of Thainguyen Province. Therefore, in 2014 the Provincial People Committee has decided to study for setting up appropriate measures and models for proper management of this type of hazardous wastes. The Provincial DONRE is charged as a Project Manager and VESDEC was selected to be a consulting firm for this Project.
Based on the results of field surveys and filling questionnaires by over 300 households at 9 selected communes in 3 typical cultivation patterns (tea, rice and vegetable cultivation) combining with environmental analysis the Project has identified the bad and good measures applied at present for disposal and treatment of wastes containing pesticides. Some good models for hazardous waste management at 3 typical cultivation zones were proposed by VESDEC. A report on the Project results was drafted.
        Tea field at Phoyen District              Pesticide containers are unsafely disposed after use
        Left: Percentages of types of wastes containing pesticides management in Thainguyen Province;
        Right: Percentages of access of Thainguyen farmers on information about pesticides.

2.  Training in Environmental Assessement
1.  Sida Programme: Internatioanal SEA Training for Asian Countries in Halong City
This International Training funded by Sida (Sweden) was joinly implemented by NIRAS (Sweden) and VESDEC from 17th May to 29th May 2015 in Halong City (Vietnam). The lecturers in Halong included Anna Olsson, Gunila Wingkwit (Sweden), David Annandale (Canada), Jiri Dusik (Czesk); Le Trinh, Do Thanh Bai, Le Hoang Lan and Pham Anh Dzung (Vietnam). Mr. Le Trinh, Ass. Prof., Dr. was a Technical Advisor. 25 participants from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam attended the training programme lasting 2 weeks in Sweden (October 2014) and 2 weeks in Halong, Vietnam.
The programme combining lectures, group works and field trips has provided updated knowledge in strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in  the World and experiences and  lessons in SEA in Asia and Vietnam. The programme was sucessfully organized and international participants were very happy to obtain new knowledge and experiences in SEA and they had very good chance to know Vietnamese people, landscape, culture and economic development.

        Right: Ms. Anna Olsson, Programme Manager, opening the SEA Course;  Left: Dr. L.Trinh presenting a SEA case study for Master Plan of Vandon Coastal Economic Zone.
        Right: Field trip at coastal ecological zone  Left: Lecturers and participants from Cambodia.
2. Participation into the WB Training of Trainers Programme on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA ToT Training Programme)

The ESIA ToT Training Programme supported by the World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and DFAT (Australia) aims at improving knowledge, experiences in ESIA following the WB and ADB Safeguard Policies. This is the first programme on ESIA joinly organized in Vietnam by these international organizations for trainers and environmental consultants. In this programme, Mr. Le Trinh, VESDEC senior environmentalist as a National Consultant has prepared and presented 5 lectures in ESIA Backgrounds, Impact Analysis, Impact Mitigation and Monitoring, Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Audit. The WB, ADB and US EPA specialists have presented Safeguard Policies of the international donors, Cumulative Impacts and Social Impact Assessment. A lot of team works were done by participants, a field trip to identify impacts of transport construction projects was conducted. The Programme held in AIT Vietnam from 8th June to 17th June 2015 was sucessfully organized and the participnts obtained very useful knowledge in ESIA.
        Participants and lecturers in the ESIA ToT Program   Some of lecturers of the Program
        Discussion in a group work                             A field trip at the Hanoi Metro Line 3 Project
9.  Writing a Book on “Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for National and International Investment Projects”

In order to improve quality in study, teaching and consultancy in environmental assessment for National and/or International investment projects in 2015 Mr. Le Trinh, VESDEC senior environmentalist has written a book with a title of “Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for National and International Investment Projects”. This book introduces the new guidelines of the Government and MONRE of Vietnam in environmental impact assessment (EIA) issued in 2005. Especially, the book presents the update concepts, procedures and methodologies of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other international organizations in environmental and social assessment. Therefore, the book, included 375 pages, published by Science and Technology Publishing House in November 2015, is useful for lecturers, environmental managers and consultants in EIA study and practice.
3.  Obtaining Diplomas on Activities in Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development
With the active contribution in activities for environmental studies and services for many years, in December 2015 Mr. Le Trinh, VESDEC Director, senior environmentalist, has been awarded with two diplomas signed by the President of Vietnam Union of Scientific and Technological Associations (VUSTA) and the President of Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE). The awards are the recognition for not only his constribution but also VESDEC achievements in study and development in environmental protection and sustainable development.


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