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MAIN RESULTS IN SCIENTIFIC AND CONSULTING ACTIVITIES OF VESDEC IN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS (JANUARY TO JUNE), 2016

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From January to June 2016 the Institute for Environmental Science and Development (VESDEC) with offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang (Vietnam) has properly implemented various national and international projects/assignments in research and consultancy in environmental monitoring, impact assessment and training. Number of the projects is increased in comparison with the same duration in the previuos years.


 INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND DEVELOPMENT (VESDEC)

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
 hcm@vesdec.com.vn
 Northern Branch:  B19, Lot 9, Dinhcong New Urban Quarter, Hoangmai Dist., Hanoi.
 Phone:  (84-4) 22133668 E. mail: vesdec@yahoo.comhanoi@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
trinhlt@vesdec.com.vn

The main results in implementation of projects and assignments are summarized below.

1. Completion of research on “Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Land Acquisition Policy Framework (LAPF) for the JICA Study “Improvement of Living Conditions for Workers Around Industrial Zones in Vietnam”.
To improve living conditions for workers around industrial parks in Vietnam Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has supported Ministry of Planning & Investment to prepare a construction plan to establish a  worker city in Myhao, Hungyen province. 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 SEA and LAPF studies. The study area is located in Myhao District, Hungyen Province.
From June 2015 to March 2016 VESDEC SEA and LAPF teams have implemented all the given tasks. The SEA and LAPF reports prepared by VESDEC were approved by JICA.

        
                       Map of the present study area                     Survey on the present terrestrial ecosystems

        
           Air sampling, noise and vibration measurement                        Map on the predicted change in air quality 
                                  at the study area                                                            at the planned area by 2020  

2. Completion of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Project of Construction of a New International Terminal at Danang International Airport
Danang International Airport (DIA) is one of the largest airports in Vietnam, but the present terminal will be over loaded in 2016. Therefore, the Government has agreed to build new  terminals to serve 20.0 mil passengers, 6.0 mil of which is international passengers, in 2030. AHT is investor, VESDEC was selected to conduct EIA study.
In collaboration with Danang DONRE from November 2011 to March 2016 VESDEC has carried out the EIA study, included data collection, field surveys, environmental sampling and analysis; study on prediction of air pollution (by using ISCST3 và AERMOD modeling), aircraft noise pollution (by using ICAO and Japan Lden và WECPNL modeling); study on climate change, green house gases emission; environmental risks and measures for impact mitigation. EIA report and Environmental Management Plan were prepared and approved by Danang People Committee in May 2016.
Thus, in the recent 17 years VESDEC Director and his specialists have properly implemented EIA and environmental monitoring for almost all airport projects in Vietnam: Longthanh International Airport (a JICA study) ; Tansonnhat International airport (JICA Project), T2 - Noibai International Airport (JICA Project), airport projects of Vinh, Phuyen, Buon Mathuot, Dalat, Pley Ku, Cantho, Condao, Phuquoc…Therefore,  VESDEC is a leading  consulting firm in EIA and monitoring for  airport development .


        
                       Noise and vibration measrement                                      
Water and aquatic organism sampling 
                           at the study area                                  at the lakes receiving effluents from the airport

        

          The present Danang Airport and surrounding                         The future International Terminal 
                 area from airplane, Dec.2015                                               at Danang Airport


       
                     Predicted noise levels generated                                Predicted SO2 pollution generated 
                           by road traffic in 2030                                              by road traffic in 2030 

       
                        
Predicted noise WECPNL generated                                  Predicted noise WECPNL generated 
                by airplane taking off and landing down                                   by airplane at the whole taking off 
                    at the urban area of Danang city, 2030                                    and landing down corridor, 2030


3.  EIA Study for the Municipal Solid Waste Incineration Project in Cantho City
This is the largest project in the Mekong Delta with the treatment capacity of 495 ton/day aiming at treatment of almost all volume of municipal solid waste from Cantho city. ECOTECH Vietnam is an investor, VESDEC is an EIA consultant. This EIA has been started from July 2015 and completed in December 2015. In March 2013 MONRE EIA Appraisal Committee has checked environmental issues of the project at the site.
 
        
                 Predicted 
NO2 pollution distribution                    MONRE EIA Appraisal Committee has checked 
                 in case of ailure in NO2 treatment.                environmental issues of the project at the site, Mar. 2016


4. 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).


                     
                                                      Alignment of Benluc- Longthanh Expressway 

From 21st March to 30 April 2016 VESDEC international and national monitoring specialists have implemented the tasks in Independent Environmental Monitoring Environmental 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 cleared by ADB in September 2010.
From the data and information obtained from field surveys at the construction sites,  public consultation and checking the environmental documents of the EPMU, Construction Supervision Consultants  and Contractors VESDEC Team has prepared  reports on the results of the environmental supervision. Evaluation of the compliance of the relevant units is detailed and clear. The reports (English and Vietnamese) was submitted to ADB and VEC in June 2016.

         
                  Supervising a batch plant of Package A2-1;             VESDEC environmentalists have a meeting 
with
                              March 2016                             the Construction Supervision Consultant  and Contractor


              
                               
Field visit at Package A2-2                            Interviewing a household owner living closely
                                                                                        to construction site of Package J2


5. Environmental Supervision for Trungson Hydropower Project (WB Project)
The Trungson Hydropower in Thanhhoa province is a biggest project in hydropower development financed by the WB. AECOM – New Zealand is a main Construction Supervision Consultant and VESDEC is a sub-consultant in external environmental monitoring (from 2012 to 2019). VESDEC has mobilized a monitoring team led by Mr. Nguyen Minh Giang to carry out this assignment.
In the early six months 2016, Vesdes has assigned continuously staff to conduct environmental supervision at Trung Son Hydropower project as a sub-consultant of AECOM Newzealand. At the moment, there are two main Contractors for main works including the civil construction of Joint-venture of Samsung C&T and Electric &Mechanical Powerchina. Supervision of EMP compliance of the Contractors has been conducted regularly. The items of environmental supervision consists of worker camps management; erosion control; dust and particulate emission control; noise control; blasting management; earthworks, cut and fill slopes; borrow pits management; disposal of construction waste; waste management; prevention of pollution; landscaping; safety and worker health; safety and community relation.
Beside supervision onsite, environmental consultant attended the weekly or monthly meetings with the Client, contractors, World Bank, EVN, Genco2, another independent environmental consultants. Generally, the Contractors comply with the EMP, and meet the environmental requirements of Vietnam as well as requirements of World Bank.

        
                Panorama of the main works, May 2016                         Waste disposal site was rehabilitated 

       

          Earth works cause soil erosion and air pollution                    Environmental training for workers

        
                         
Slope erosion prevention                                                     Clean worker camps


6. Implementation of Preparing Environmental and Social Guidelines for Small Hydropower Projects in Vietnam (SECO/WB Project)
Vietnam is endowed with rich potential of small hydropower  (SHP) with more than 1,000 sites under 30 MW totaling capacity around 4,000 MW were assessed technically viable, which could significantly contribute the RE targets. It is estimated about 190 SHPs has been developed and 456 other SHPs are under preparation with total capacity of 6,349 MW.
The SHPs are required to comply with the Government requirements on environmental and social aspects as specified in relevant Laws, Decrees and Regulations. Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) thus wishes to develop environmental and social safeguard guidelines for application by all SHPs in Vietnam improving the safeguard compliance and sustainable development of SHPs to further boost up the small hydropower development in Vietnam. The guideline is expected to be issued under a MOIT decision. VESDEC was winner in bidding to implement this assignment.
From the first week of May VESDEC with participation of environmental, ecological, hydrological, hydropower and social experts has conducted field surveys at 3 selected SHPs at Tobuong (Sonla province), Banang (Nghean province) and Sontay (Quangngai province). At present, the Guidelines are under preparation and in July 2016 they will be available and a workshop to obtain comments from the relevant agencies will be held in Hanoi.

         
           
VESDEC Consulting Team at construction site                   Downstream of Banang Hydropower
May 2016
                 of Banang Hydropower Plant, May 2016                          


         
                         “Death river” created by Dakling                  Consultation with Thai ethnic people
 about social impacts
                Hydropower Plant (Quangngai), May 2016               of Tobuong Hydropower Plant, May 2016

7. Preapration of Programme on “Training for Community Leaders in Environmental Management” for Longan Province
The project with the above title approved by Longan People Committee. VESDEC was invited to prepare lectures and conduct training for community leaders of the province.
From the results of survey on the demand in environmental management it found that 85/90 non-government organizations in the province require to get environmental training. Therefore, VESDEC has prepared 26 lessons in environmental regulations, waste management, rural environmental management, urban environmental management, community participation, environmental monitoring, impact assessment, cleaner production etc. All lectures are under review by Longan province. The training programmes will be conducted from July 2016.

         
          Demand in environmental management 
training                         Results desired by the social organizations 
                    
 of the social organizations                                                           in Longan province

8. Participation in Sida Programme: Internatioanal SEA Training for Asian Countries (ITP SEA 2015B) in Hoian City
This iternational training is funded by Sida (Sweden), NIRAS is  a consulting firm. VESDEC has signed a contract to provide specialists to conduct some lectures for the training programme lasted from 16th May to 27th May 2015 in Hoian City (Vietnam). The lecturers in the programme included Gunila Wingkwit (Sweden), David Annandale (Canada), Jiri Dusik (Czesk); Le Trinh, Do Thanh Bai, and Pham Anh Dzung (Vietnam). 27 participants from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam attended the programme.
The programme combining lectures, group works and field trips to the Vugia – Thubon river basin to study on impacts from hydropower master plan and to the costal line in Hoian to study on impacts of climate change.

        
                  In classroom, Hoian city, May 2016               Participants and lecturers visiting a hydropower 
plant  
                                                                             in the Vugia – Thubon river basin,  
Phuocson district 
                                                                                                                     Quangnam province
May 2016

        

                Observing the impacts of Dakmi 4                                    Coastal line in Hoian city strongly eroded by se
waves
      Hydropower Plant on the environmentMay 2016                is under protection by sandy sacks, May 2016 
                                                                            


Author: VESDEC Office, June 10th 2016.

Source: vesdec.com.vn

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