Updated 12/10/20

One of IRD's missions is to disseminate the results of the research works  that it carries with its partners, to many audiences: students in international and Vietnamese schools, decision-makers, and even the general public. All media (books and comic strips, exhibitions, and above all films) are thus mobilized to enable the greatest number of people to access quality scientific information on the major issues of sustainable development. This mediation effort also involves the participation of IRD staff in public events or in broadcasts and interviews in the Vietnamese media.

 

Books

  • The adventures of 3Rs

    Three children find themselves on the edge of a lake invaded by garbage. They then become aware of the fragility of the environment and decide to investigate this abundant waste.

    Their adventures will lead them to (re)discover their daily life, their habits, the job of the "ve chai", their city and to explore its surroundings?

    The book in French and in Vietnamese is co-published by HAU, IRD, AUF and the French Embassy in Hanoi within the framework of JEAI RECYCURBS. 

     

  • Hà Nội, a Metropolis in the Making - The Breakdown in Urban Integration of Villages
    Atlas of Hanoi

     

     

    Built on 'the bend in the Red River', Hà Nội is among Southeast Asia's most ancient capitals. Over the centuries, it took shape in part from a dense substratum of villages. With the economic liberalisation of the 1980s, it encountered several obstacles to its expansion: absence of a real land market, high population densities, the government's food self-suffciency policy that limits expropriations of land and the water management constraints of this very vulnerable delta.

    Since the beginning of the new millennium, the change in speed brought about by the state and by property developers in the construction and urban planning of the province-capital poses the problem of integration of in situ urbanised villages, the importance of preserving a green belt around Hà Nội and the necessity of protection from flooding. The harmonious fusion of city and countryside, which has always constituted the Red River Delta's defining feature, appears to be in jeopardy.

    Working from a rich body of maps and field studies, this collective work reveals how this grass-roots urbanisation encounters 'top-down' urbanisation, or metropolisation. By combining a variety of disciplinary approaches on several different scales, through a study of spatial issues and social dynamics, this atlas not only enables the reader to gauge the impact of major projects on the lives of villages integrated into the city's fabric but also to re-establish the peri-urban village stratum as a fully-fledged actor in the diversity of this emerging metropolis.

    This book is available in French, in English and in Vietnamese.

  • Discovering Craft Villages in Vietnam: Ten Initiatives around Hanoi
    discovering craft villages

     

    The villages around Ha Noi possess a rich capital of cultural, architectural and craft heritage. Less than one hour's journey from the capital are over 500 specialist craft villages, producing an array of religious and artistic objects, as well as food products, industrial goods, textiles, basketwork and much more. Despite the ordeals that Vietnam has endured, these traditions have survived; today they constitute the basis of material social and spiritual culture among the village communities of the Red River Delta. 

    The artisans themselves and their local institutions perceive cultural tourism as a way of further improving the fortunes of craft village communities. They also see it as an opportunity to attract wider attention to their heritage. Until recently, few guides or tourists had ventured into these villages, some of which are lost beyond a maze of roads and tracks amid the rice paddies of the Ha Noi hinterland. Little is commonly known of their history and the skills they have maintained. Few of these villages are signposted, yet collectively they are home to the lion's share of the architectural, religious and craft heritage of the Upper Delta. 

    This book, the fruit of several years' research by Vietnam specialists, comprises ten itineraries, blending potted histories, legends, descriptions of craft techniques, signposted walks and maps, designed to introduce readers to 40 or so craft villages around Ha Noi, You are probably familiar with the wide variety of Vietnamese handicrafts on sale in the shops of Ha Noi's Old Quarter or in Western cities. This book will give you the chance to meet the anonymous artisans who made these things and to learn something of their lives and their enduring skills.

    This book is available in French, in English and in Vietnamese.

Exhibitions

These mobile exhibitions are intended to be shown as widely as possible and can be loaned, even for long periods, to anyone who requests them: please contact vietnam@ird.fr if you wish to borrow and exhibit them.

  • "Black Carbon: the dark side of human activity"
    Exposition "Black Carbon : la face sombre de l'activité humaine"

     

    This bilingual exhibition for the general public aims to provide an overview of what is known about anthropogenic fine particulate matter air pollution, and to present the health and environmental issues for both Vietnam and Thailand, and SEA as a whole. For several years, Vietnam and Thailand have been experiencing severe episodes of fine particulate matter air pollution, with concentrations in the atmosphere far exceeding the health recommendations of the World Health Organization. The increase in frequency and intensity of these air pollution episodes in major Asian metropolises as well as on a regional scale is accompanied by an increase in awareness of the populations (especially urban populations) and local decision-makers on the magnitude of the problem. Moreover, given the increase in emissions of these fine particles expected for the coming decades, especially in SEA, it is crucial to raise awareness and provide the concerned public and decision-makers with the necessary information for the implementation of prevention and mitigation policies.

     

  • "Plastic Matters: Wild lives"
    Matiere plastique

    This trilingual (French, Vietnamese and English) exhibition for the general public aims to take stock of the social life of plastics in Vietnam, by following the objects from their places of production and consumption, in the intimacy of daily life, to the accumulations of waste in the aquatic environment. It is based on a scientific collaboration between French and Vietnamese researchers in social and environmental sciences: Mikaëla Le Meur (Anthropologist) - Émilie Strady (Water Geochemist) - Kiêu Lê Thuy Chung (Geologist).  Based on Elza Montalhuc's original graphic design, this exhibition makes accessible the local and global issues related to plastics: popular and democratic materials, but whose effects on the environment are increasingly worrying.

     

Movies

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A mangrove in Vietnam, knowing and understanding the difference

In most of the mangroves in the world, the mangrove trees are at the base of the food chain through the decomposing vegetable matter that they produce. In Vietnam the situation is different.

Some recent studies, conducted by a scientist from the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development and her partners, revealed the important role of benthos, these forms of life that develop on and in the soil of mangroves. It is here that is found the source of the trophic network, that is to say the food chain.

Director : Jean-Michel BORÉ – IRD IMAGES

with the participation of NGUYEN Phuong Anh – IRD Vietnam

Date : 2017 

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Dong Cao, Roots & Man

The Dong Cao River Basin, an area where all the rainwater runs down the ravines and converges towards a waterway that shapes and drains the whole of the landscape. Over the last twenty or so years, hydrologists, experts in macro fauna, in soil carbon, in flora and its roots, all these researchers from the ORSTOM, the IRD and the SFRI, have been following on from each other to gather data from this site.

Director : Jean-Michel BORÉ – IRD IMAGES

with the participation of NGUYEN Phuong Anh – IRD Vietnam

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Plastic Waste, from the visible to the invisible

According to a scientific publication by Dr Jenna JAMBECK, every year, between 4 and 12 million tons of plastic waste finds its way into the planet’s oceans, which is a consequence of the bad management of household waste by coastal populations.

In HO CHI MINH City, Vietnam’s economic capital with a population of more than 8 million inhabitants, the increased awareness of the issue by a researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development has resulted in a research programme. For the first time, the impact of plastic, on a tropical river in an emerging country, is being documented.

Director : Jean-Michel BORÉ – IRD IMAGES

with the participation of NGUYEN Phuong Anh – IRD Vietnam

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Recycling in Vietnam, đồng nát & craft villages

From the meeting between 2 women, French and Vietnamese scientifics, from their shared perspectives, a project came to light to study the specificity of a system of waste collection and its subsequent recycling, in Vietnam.

Waste collection by đồng nát, their sale in the waste depots, or bãi, and its recycling in the villages are informal activities.

However, 20% of the waste collected in Hanoi ends up there.

Director : Jean-Michel BORÉ – IRD IMAGES

with the participation of NGUYEN Phuong Anh – IRD Vietnam

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Earthworms, Profession soil engineer

In the scientific process, one of steps involves the acquisition of data: in the field, through in-situ experiments, or indeed in the laboratory using simple means or with the help of modern technology.

In Laos, in Thailand, in India, in France and in Vietnam, scientists involved in the Soil Bag programme are studying the effect of soil engineers and that of the climate on the structure of soils and water dynamics.

Director : Jean-Michel BORÉ – IRD IMAGES

with the participation of NGUYEN Phuong Anh – IRD Vietnam

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Erosion, accretion and subsidence in the Mekong Delta

Since the 1980s, the construction of hydroelectric dams on the rivers of the Mekong Delta has substantially reduced the displacement of sediment from the continent towards the sea. Coastal erosion phenomena have appeared, particularly in the Saigon-Dong Nai River region where dams are located at only one hundred kilometres from the sea.

Government authorities have initiated the construction of dykes and the implementation of measuring and monitoring equipment, and scientists from the IRD and the SIWRR have been commissioned to understand the phenomenon by bringing to the table their expertise and analysis tools.

Director : Jean-Michel BORÉ – IRD IMAGES

with the participation of NGUYEN Phuong Anh – IRD Vietnam

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Red River Delta, Complex & interconnected

Erosion, siltation, submersion, saltwater intrusion in the rice fields: in order to respond to issues raised by the Vietnamese government, scientists from the IRD, the IMER and the USTH, gathered together within the Lotus laboratory, are mobilizing themselves to understand the dynamic of the Red River.

Director : Jean-Michel BORÉ – IRD IMAGES

with the participation of NGUYEN Phuong Anh – IRD Vietnam

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Các song. L’érosion littorale au Vietnam

Partout dans le monde le littoral est particulièrement menacé par les changements climatiques. Incontestablement, il est confronté à la montée globale du niveau de la mer. Mais il doit aussi faire face au bouleversement des phénomènes climatiques comme les moussons, les changements de fréquence et d’intensité des événements extrêmes (tempêtes, typhons...etc), qui vont provoquer une érosion destructrice. Dans le cadre du programme ANR COASTVAR, pour tenter de quantifier les impacts de ces évènements climatiques majeurs et leur variabilité, les scientifiques de l’IRD et ses partenaires mènent une étude multi sites et multi outils. Elle commence par une campagne de mesure à Nha Trang au Vietnam…

Réalisation : Hubert BATAILLE

Media interventions

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A talk show of VTC10 with Alexis Drogoul, Representative of IRD in Vietnam about the role and projects of IRD in Vietnam.

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Emilie Strady, MIO/IRD and Kieu Le Thuy Chung, coordinator of the JEAI PLASTIC (IRD-HCMUT), participated in the talk show of VTC10 about the pollution by plastic matters. They presented basic information about microplastics, some preliminary results of their ongoing research along the Saigon river and introduced the #COMPOSE project, supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the goal of building an observatory of plastic pollution along Vietnamese coasts.
The talk show also introduced the Sustainable Development Day organized by the French Consulate Generale in Ho Chi Minh city where they had the opportunity, together with other scientists of IRD and their partners, to present their research to the students in HCMC.

Conferences and events for the general public