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Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Workshop Hanoi, Vietnam September 10-12, 2014

Pullman Ha Noi Hotel, 40 Cat Linh Street, Dong Da Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

We would like to invite you to the third Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network (APMMN) workshop and meeting of the APMMN Science Advisory Group. In light of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, international cooperation on mercury monitoring has become a priority. Monitoring the trans-boundary transport and deposition of mercury is a challenge that no single country or agency can address on its own.

This three-day workshop, organized by the Vietnam Environment Administration, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, and the National Central University, Taiwan, will further advance development of the Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network and facilitate cooperation among key monitoring stakeholders in the region. Building on our progress over the last three years, the main objectives of the workshop are to:

1. Share information on mercury monitoring plans for the region, with updates from partners on their progress;

2. Further develop plans for the Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network pilot; finalize modifications to the APMMN standard operating procedures; decide on a wet deposition sampling start date; and

3. Provide training and demonstration of mercury wet deposition sampling operations and manual methods for atmospheric mercury sampling, including review of SOPs and best practices.

Details of Invitation Letter and Mercury Monitoring Workshop Agenda

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following people:

Mr. Nguyen Va

n Thuy, Vietnam Environmental Administration, Center for Environmental Monitoring, Dr. Guey-Rong Sheu, National Central Unive

rsity, <grsheu@atm.ncu.edu.tw>

Dr. David Gay, National Atmospheric Deposition Program, <dgay@illinois.edu>

Mr. David Schmeltz, US Environmental Protection Agency, <schmeltz.david@epa.gov>


The presentations:


Session I: Overview of the Mercury Problem

Mercury Overview: Sources andImpacts

Mercury in East and Southeast Asia

Update on the Minamata Convention

Why is Mercury Monitoring Important?

Session II:  Update on Recent Monitoring Activities from Science Advisory Group Members  



Preparation for monitoring mercury in ambient air in Indonesia


Atmospheric Background Station in Taiwan

Update on Taiwan’s Mercury Monitoring Program

United States

Hong Kong


Session III: Asia Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network

Vision, Operations and How to get involved



Training Session 1:

Introduction and Review of  Wet Deposition Standard Operating Procedures


Training Session 2: 
Atmospheric Mercury Introduction to Manual Systems for Monitoring Gaseous and Particulate Mercury

Training Session 3:
Atmospheric Mercury Automated System for Monitoring Gaseous and Particulate Mercury


* ** Travel Information***


1.Workshop dates:  September 10 - 12, 2014 

2.Venue: Pullman Ha Noi Hotel, 40 Cat Linh Street, Dong Da District, Ha Noi, Vietnam. 

Tel:+84-4-37330808;           Fax:+84-4-37330888

Web: http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-7579-pullman-hanoi/index.shtml

- In charge of workshop in Pullman: Ms. Huong

Tel: +84-4-37330688



3.Nearest Airport: Noi Bai Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam Address: Soc Son district, Ha Noi.
Noi Bai International Airport (IATA: HAN, ICAO: VVNB), is the biggest airport in northern Vietnam, serves the capital city of Hanoi. The airport is located about 40 km from the city's downtown.Tel: +84-43-886-5047; +84-43-886-5027; Fax: +84-43-886-5540
E-mail: noibaioffice@vietnamairport.vn

Taxi charges from Airport to Hotel (Venue): $15-$20/ one way.

- Taxi Noibai Airport: +84 – 38868888

Web :http://noibaitaxi.vn/ngon-ngu-en

- Taxi Noibai: +84 – 66835656



We are suggesting Pullman Hotels. They can support suitable rooms.

Pullman Hotel (This is same as Venue).

Address: 40 Cat Linh Street, Dong Da District, Ha Noi, Vietnam. 
Tel: +84-4-37330808; Fax: +84-4-37330888

E-mail: getcloser@pullman-hanoi.com

Web: http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-7579-pullman-hanoi/index.shtml

The hotel is 2kmto downtown.

Booking at Pullman Hotel:

-You can book online at the website:  http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-7579-pullman-hanoi/index.shtml 


Ms. Huong will assist you for booking: +84-4-37330688

-Payments with Travellerscheque and credit cards as  American express, Mastercard, VISA ,JCB, are accepted.

Check - in time: from 14:00 noon.; Check - out time: before 12:00 noon.

~ 100$ /room/group package, not include charge and fee


Please contact Ms. Nguyen Thi Khanh Binh khanhbinh@vea.gov.vn for information about visa.

6. Invitation Letter and Draft of Monitoring Workshop Agenda:

All partcipants who intend to attend the workshop can find information by using the below link.


7. Local Host: Vietnam Environment Administration: Mr Nguyen Van Thuy, tathuy@vea.gov.vn; Ms. Pham Thi Vuong Linh, vlinh2006@vea.gov.vn

Local Logistics Contact: Ms. Nguyen Thi Khanh Binh, khanhbinh@vea.gov.vn

8. Other traveling site

- Old Quarter: Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprises nearly 40 streets packed with shops selling all kinds of goods, each street named for its primary good or service.

- Ngoc Son Temple: or Temple of the Jade Mound, is located on a small islet at Hoan Kiem Lake. The temple was founded in the 14th century but most of its current structures were built in the 18th century. Ngoc Son Temple was built to commemorate a few Chinese and Vietnamese legends, including famous Vietnamese General Trần Hưng Đạo who twice led the Vietnamese troops to fence off the mighty Yuan Dynasty in the 13th century.

- Temple of Literature & National University:The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the "Imperial Academy" (Quốc Tử Giám, 國子監), Vietnam's first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông. It is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors are places where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place.

- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the historic place where Respected Uncle Ho read the Vietnam Manifesto on September 2nd, 1945. You may have to wait in a rather long queue to enter the mausoleum. The Mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday but open the rest of the week.  It is also closed to visitors during October and November, allowing only pilgrims to visit to pay their homage to Respected Uncle Ho. The dress code for entry is very strict.  You must wear shirts and long trousers, no shorts. Also, no cameras, hats or bags are allowed.

Visitors must keep silent and you will only have a minute to stop in front of the glass enclosure where Uncle Ho lays. He is dressed in his traditional khaki clothes and rubber sandals, and looks as if he is just taking nap.

- One Pillar Pagoda:The characteristic central pillar of this small pagoda is said to represent the stem of a lotus flower, symbolizing purity.