Welcome to the first trend report for ACLED Asia. In these periodic publications, the ACLED Asia team will discuss and analyze the real-time conflict event trends that are occurring throughout South and South-East Asia. ACLED Asia will release real-time data for eleven states with various conflict profiles. These states include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,
Thailand and Myanmar. See Figure 1. Data for January and February 2015 are now available from the CEPSA website and the ACLED website.
HCM CITY (VNS) — Severe drought and the resultant intrusion of seawater tides deep into the Mekong Delta are badly affecting the daily life of people there.
According to the Southern Hydrometeorology Station, saltwater has entered up to 60km in some places — with the highest salinity levels recorded in the provinces of Kien Giang, An Giang and Soc Trang — despite the fact that all dykes in the Long Xuyen quadrangular region remain closed to prevent just this eventuality.
This paper reviews the available data on men’s and women’s land rights, identifies what can and cannot be measured by these data, and uses these measures to assess the gaps in the land rights of women and men. Building on the conceptual framework developed in 2014 by Doss et al., we utilize nationally representative individual- and plot-level data from Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste to calculate five indicators: incidence of ownership by sex; distribution of ownership by sex; and distribution of plots, mean plot size, and distribution of land area, all by sex of owner.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has decided to establish the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, of which the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is the permanent organ. The Central Steering Committee will be headed by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD).
The committee is established with an aim of coordinating inter-ministries, agencies in organizing and directing the work of natural disaster prevention, control as well as recovery works of consequences of natural disasters.
By Major Jacky Ly, Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam | March 19, 2015
QUANG NAM PROVINCE, Vietnam -- Brig. Gen. John O’Neil, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) Director of Logistics, Engineering, and Security Cooperation, handed over a newly constructed two story extension of a Disaster Management Coordination Center (DMCC) to Mr. Nguyen Chin, Vice Chairman of the Peoples Provincial Committee of Quang Nam province, Vietnam, March 3, 2015.
On 16 March 2015, the Viet Nam Red Cross Society, together with the Viet Nam Disaster Management Centre (DMC), organized the workshop to provide inputs for the regulatory guide (circular) on the implementation of the national community based disaster risk management (CBDRM) and community awareness raising project (project 1002).
Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.
UNDP recognizes governance as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration and the reduction of disaster risk. With the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience, UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk.
Six countries in Asia are taking the lead in collaboration with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization to deliver “blue growth” – a regional initiative which aims to promote the intensification of aquaculture production in an ecological and sustainable way, FAO officials announced today.
The six countries, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are taking the lead to pilot plans to upgrade aquaculture in order to help meet the food security needs of a growing global population – expected to top nine billion people by 2050.
From adapting to climate change in the Himalayas to improving maternal health care for women in Vietnam, exploring how to defuse violence in Pakistani cities, or building new skills for better jobs in Bangladesh, the 2015 edition of Asia Research News provides a snapshot of IDRC-funded research in Asia.
A warm welcome for child refugees
Unaccompanied child refugees flee to Britain escaping war and persecution. They have often experienced significant trauma; including witnessing the death of a loved one or suffering abuse or exploitation themselves.
Unsurprisingly, child refugees are usually extremely frightened and completely bewildered when they arrive on British shores.
China (No Update)
The cumulative number of reported dengue cases in 2014 was 47,331. This is about ten times and eighty times higher compared with the number in 2013 and 2012 respectively due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong in end of 2014. In January 2015, 19 dengue cases were reported. This number is one-tenth of the previous month (December 2015), and almost the same as the same period in 2013 and 2012
Vietnamshould play a more active role in international efforts to respond to climate change, instead of just calling for assistance from international organisations, said Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang.
In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on prioritised response programmes in 2015, the minister said responding to climate change is both an urgent and long-term task for the country, citing forecasts that Vietnam is one of the 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change by the end of this century.
This report provides a UK perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014, and examples of what the government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which our work is organised.
One of the most striking trends of 2014 was the pressure put by governments on civil society organisations in many parts of the world, damaging human rights and the economic interests of those same countries.
by Phuoc Buu
QUANG TRI (VNS) — A sudden downpour on a sunny spring day sends Nguyen Mot scurrying into his house.
But he is not trying to escape the rain. He darts about, shutting all the doors and windows in a vain bid to keep out the noxious odour that comes up with vapour sent up by the sudden rain.
"Pesticides," he says, ruefully.
Mot is a resident of Trieu Phong District in the central province of Quang Tri.
"We have endured this for decades. The odour is quite light now, but it gets much stronger on hot summer days.
RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Tianyi Luo, Andrew Maddocks, Charles Iceland, Philip Ward and Hessel Winsemius - March
This blog was co-written with Hessel Winsemius and Philip Ward. Hessel is a researcher at Deltares. Philip is a senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam.
Last September, Hamberton Nongtdu woke to a loudspeaker at a nearby mosque blaring a warning: Floods were coming.