Environmental Education

1996 – 2000 (phase I)
2001 – 2004 ( phase II)
2005 – 2008 (phase III)


Capacity Building of the Institute for the Environment and Resources (IER)


Organism: Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City
Institute: Institute for the Environment and Resources (IER)

142 To Hien Thanh Street, Ward 14,

District 10, HO CHI MINH CITY


Phone: 0084 -8-865 11 32
Fax: 0084 -8-865 56 70
Direction: Prof. Huynh Thi Minh Hang
Director of the Institute
manager :
Dr. Hoang Thi Than Thuy



Chair Management of Network Industries (MIR)

Faculty: College of Management of Technology

Odyssea, station 5, Ecublens

1015 Lausanne, Suisse

Phone: + 41 21 – 693 00 02
Fax: + 41-21 – 693 00 00
Direction: Prof. Matthias Finger
Project Manager: Richard Meyer



Line Agency

Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) – Vietnam


Institute for the Environment and Resources (IER) under Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE, Vietnam Environmental Protection Agency (VEPA), Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee including Department for Natural Resources, Environment and Housing (DoNREH) and Department for Science and Technology (DoST)

Implementing Agency

Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) – Chair MIR, Management of Network Industries – Switzerland

Project Location

Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam


Contributing to environmentally sustainable development in Vietnam, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has supported since 1973, scientific capacity building for key Environmental Science and Technology Centers both in Northern and Southern Vietnam, bringing them to international standards and adequately training environmental scientists and engineers. Given the increasing proliferation of more complex toxic substances (such as Persistent Organic Pollutants, Polychlorinated Biphenyl, heavy metals etc.), capacities in analytical chemistry and ecotoxicology are particularly urgent. The Institute for Environment and Resources (IER) of the Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City has been supported by SDC since 1996.

Overall Development Goal

The overall development goal of the SDC support to institutions in Environmental Science and Technology (EST), such as IER, is to assist Vietnam in making its economic and social development environmentally sustainable.

To achieve this goal, EST institutions are supported through training, basic and applied research related to environmental protection, and by strengthening linkages between international, national and regional environmental centers.

 Overall Project Goal

According to international standards – both in academic and practical terms – IER is among the leading Environmental Science and Technology Institutions of Southeast Asia by 2008.

 Phase III Goal

The goal of phase III is to facilitate

  • The consolidation of the achievements in the scientific field and in organizational development within IER;
  • A managed handing-over of responsibilities towards the Vietnamese partner and
  • A controlled phasing-out of SDC’s support.


The projects has identified three components which constitute a detailed framework to assess the achievements of the project. The focus remains on improving the capacities and performance of IER. The project has devised an organizational set-up with clear management responsibilities to guide the implementation of the project and its components and enable the managed handing over of responsibilities and the controlled phasing out of SDC’s support.

The three components are:

Component 1 (IER Capacities): Strong internal capacities enable IER to successfully implement its mandates in the scientific and academic domains, its management, and the provision of services to the public and private sectors.

Component 2 (EPFL Guidance): The provision of guidance and demand oriented support in the fields of research, training, OD and project management has strengthened the internal capacities of IER.

Component 3 (Scholarship Programme) : Know-how, knowledge and academic level of staff meet IER’s requirements and market standards.

 Results Achieved and Expected

Through developing IER laboratories, delivering Ph.D and Master training programmes and short courses, establishing and maintaining a comprehensive management system, IER can successfully implement its mandates and become a competent provider of consulting services. The internal capacities of IER is strengthened with quality improvement of analytical work monitored and supported, academic program development observed and demanded support delivered, practice oriented management and OD support given. Scholarship programme for at least 4 IER staff is organised and implemented.




  • Daniel Willemin. Ecotoxicologic assessment of leachates treatment systems on landfills of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2005). Diploma work.
  • Valery Beaud. Evaluation du risque écotoxicologique du canal Tan Hoa-lo Gom, Ho Chi Minh City, VietNam (2004). Diploma work.
  • Mai Tuan Anh, Lan Chi Do Hong, Ngoc Vinh Nguyen, Cam Loan Tu Thi, Triet Lam Minh, Kristin Becker-van Slooten, Joseph Tarradellas. Micropollutants in the Sediment of the Saigon-DongNai River : Situation and Ecological risks. Chimia 57 (2003) : 537-541.
  • Lan Chi Do Hong, Kristin Becker-Van-Slooten, Jean-Jacques Sauvain, Lam Minh Triet, Joseph Tarradellas. Toxicity of sediments from the Ho Chi Minh City canals and Saigon river, Viet Nam (2000). Journal of Environmental Toxicology 15(5): 469-475
  • O Hong, Lan Chi, Kristin Becker-Van-Slooten, Joseph Tarradellas. Ceriodaphnia cornuta: a pertinent organism for the ecotoxicological risk assessment of tropical estuarine ecoswstems (2001). 10th International Symposium on Toxicity Assessment, Quebec, Canada, 26-31.08.2001
  • M. T. Anh, L.M. Triet, J.J. Sauvain, J. Tarradellas. PAH Contamination levels in Air Particles and Sediments of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (1999) 63 : 728-735
  • C.P.N. Son, J.J. Sauvain, J. Tarradellas. Contimination by PCB’s, DDT’s and Heavy Metals in Sediments of Ho Chi Minh City’s Canals, Viet Nam. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (1998) 60 : 347-354