MAREX is a joint German-Vietnamese project in interdisciplinary applied science of spatial development. The main objective of the project is to improve the management of mineral resources in Vietnam and to contribute to Vietnam’s Sustainable Development Strategy.

The project exposes the growth of Megacities and its impacts on the environment. Scientific investigations are directed on the building industry based on local finite resources, taking into consideration all related activities like extraction and processing of raw materials, transport, building sector as well as potential recycling of construction and demolition waste. The Metropolitan region of Hanoi and Hoa Binh Province serves as a comprehensive model basis for wider application within and outside of Vietnam.

Project MAREX is subdivided into 4 topic-oriented MODULES that are further explained in this section. Please get detailed information on the modules:
Module 1: Environmental monitoring of mining activities
Module 2: Cleaner Production Technologies
Module 3: Material Flow Analysis
Module 4: Management of mining and raw materials

MAREX is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), via the framework of the International Partnerships for Sustainable Technologies and Services for Climate Protection and the Environment (CLIENT) which is part of the FONA program. Funding has been approved by the BMBF in July 2015. As of December 2015, additional sponsoring to activities of the Vietnamese partners has been approved by the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and by the government of Hoa Binh province, respectively.

Management of mineral resource extraction in Hoa Binh province – a contribution to sustainable development in Vietnam


09/2015 – 08/2018

Project area(s)

Hòa Bình

Coordination (GER)

Dr. Peter Wirth
Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development
Weberplatz 1
01217 Dresden
+49 351 4679-232

Coordination (VN)

Prof. Dr. Phạm Ngọc Hồ
Institute of Environment and Automation (IEA Vietnam) – VUSTA
51 Nguyễn Quý Đức
Thanh Xuân, Hà Nội
+ 84 24 435375279

Project partner (GER)

Research Partners

  • Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden
  • TU Dresden, Chair of Spatial Development, Dresden
  • TU Dortmund University, Department of Spatial Information and Modelling (RIM), Dortmund
  • C&E Consulting and Engineering GmbH, Chemnitz

Further partners in Germany

  • Saxony Economic Development Corporation, Dresden
  • United Nations University, Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), Dresden
    HAVER NIAGARA GmbH, Münster
  • Allgemeine Baustoff-Handels-Contor GmbH, Erfurt

Project partner (VN)

Research Partners

  • The Institute of Environment and Automation (IEA), Ha Noi
  • VNU University of Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi; Research Centre for Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (CEMM), Ha Noi
  • Department for Control of Mineral Activities – Northern Region Branch
  • Institute of Geological Sciences, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology
  • Institute of Geological Technology and Minerals, Vietnam Union of Geological Sciences
  • Vietnam Institute of Urban and Rural Planning, Ministry of Construction

Further partners in Vietnam

  • Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE), Hoa Binh Province
  • Binh Minh Joint Stock Company of Trading and Construction, Hoa Binh
  • Hop Tien Company of Trading and Construction & Transportation, Hoa Binh
  • Quang Long Company of Construction and Trading, Hoa Binh