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IUCN has a long history in Viet Nam since it supported the government in the preparation of the first National Conservation Strategy in 1984. Since then, IUCN has made significant contributions to biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, particularly through the development of laws and policies.

IUCN Viet Nam focuses its work on the following thematic programmes: Business and Biodiversity, Forest ConservationProtected Area and World Heritage, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, Water and Wetlands and Environmental Governance.

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Tran Van Van and other farmers collecting shrimps in the shrimp pond

VIETGAP: better livelihoods and a clearer environment

Tran Van Van, his wife Nguyen Thi Hong, and their two children live in Kim Trung Commune, Ninh Binh Province where they farm white leg shrimp in 3.5 hectares of pond. Two years ago, after frequent disease outbreaks, they defaulted on a 16 million dong (US$750) loan from the Women's Union. Van went to China to work on a sugar cane plantation but couldn't make enough money to support his family and had to go home. He returned with no clear idea of how to make a living for his family. …  

20 Jan 2015 | Article
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Participants from across four provinces in Viet Nam

Four coastal provinces reflect on climate change adaptation in Viet Nam

Between 14-15 December 2014, the Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) End of Project workshop brought together a little over 70 participants in Can Gio from across four provinces of the Mekong Delta — Kien Giang, Ben Tre, Soc Trang, and Can Gio.   …  

08 Jan 2015 | Article

Organic shrimps collected by farmers at Nhung Mien, Ca Mau Province

Paving the way for sustainable shrimp farming in Viet Nam

Extensive shrimp farming has had major negative impacts on many coastal areas in Asia, with farmers converting large areas of intact mangrove forest to shrimp ponds. While the business can be lucrative, when prices fall or disease hits entire harvests may be wiped out. Even worse, the integrity of coastal ecosystems suffers, leaving local communities extremely vulnerable to natural disasters.  …  

06 Jan 2015 | Article

A participant presenting the group discussion's results

Assessing MPA management effectiveness

In 2010, the government established 16 MPAs. Only eight of these have any form of management presence, however. Even where there is a management presence, there is concern about its effectiveness in the face of numerous threats. IUCN and others have done a good job over the last few years of documenting these threats, notably illegal fishing, loss of turtle nesting beaches, poorly planned development, land-based pollution, and in some cases very large numbers of visitors. What we haven’t done so well is to identify, let alone implement, consistently effective solutions that allow the MPAs to meet their management objectives. …   | Vietnamese

30 Dec 2014 | Article
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National Assembly Vice President Uong Chu Luu delivering opening remarks at the workshop

National Assembly and water governance

On March 28-April 1, 2015, the National Assembly (NA) will host the 132rd Assembly of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union: http://www.ipu.org/conf-e/132agnd.htm. On the agenda is a resolution on “Shaping a new system of water governance: Promoting parliamentary action on water”. In preparation, the NA organized a workshop in December, chaired by the NA Vice-President, to share ideas on water governance in Vietnam. The presentations on domestic and international water governance and plenary discussion raised some interesting issues. …   | Vietnamese

29 Dec 2014 | Article
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Trainer Le Dai Tri facilitating the training workshop

Project learning: How to do it better

As a global network that relies heavily on partners to implement projects, IUCN issues a lot of small grants. In 2014 alone, two of our biggest programs, Mangroves for the Future (MFF) and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), have awarded 21 small grants in Vietnam alone with a total budget of US$370,000. As part of our M&E process, IUCN staff make site visits to talk to grantees, meet beneficiaries, and check what’s happening the ground. …  

16 Dec 2014 | Article
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Local livelihood on Tonle Sap

Establishing fish conservation areas: Learning and replication

IUCN and FACT, the Fisheries Action Coalition Team, are implementing a 4-year EU-funded project called Strengthening Capacity of Fishing Communities in the Tonle Sap to Manage their Natural Resources Sustainably. The project is helping to establish community managed fish conservation areas (FCAs) in three pilot sites in the Tonle Sap: Kampong Phluk Commune, Siem Reap Province, Boeung Chhmar, Kampong Thom Province, and Phlov Touk Commune, Kampong Chhnang Province.   …  

25 Nov 2014 | Article

Panelists at Myanmar side event at World Parks Congress

Conservation prospects in Myanmar: a discussion

On November 13 at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, IUCN, FFI, and WCS organized a side-event on conservation prospects in Myanmar, perhaps the first of its kind at a global event. After presentations on the state of conservation in both the marine and terrestrial realms, a panel of Myanmar government and NGO representatives answered questions from the audience. What emerged was a thoughtful, hopeful, but sometimes troubling picture. …  

18 Nov 2014 | Article
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Female Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)

A royal gift for the ‘Asian unicorn’

In honour of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort of Denmark’s 80th birthday this year, Copenhagen Zoo recently made a generous donation to the IUCN Saola Working Group (SWG). The Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) is a Critically Endangered ungulate endemic to the Annamite Mountains of Lao PDR and Viet Nam. It is so rare and enigmatic that it is often referred to as the ‘Asian unicorn’. …  

07 Nov 2014 | News story

Dive boat near North Twin Island

Conserving the Myeik Archipelago: where to start?

In October 2014, in collaboration with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Myanmar Department of Fisheries, IUCN organized a workshop in Myeik in Tanintharyi Region with funding from the FAO/GEF Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project. The aim of the workshop was to introduce the concept of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and how they could be applied in the Myeik Archipelago, which stretches the length of Tanintharyi and contains around 800 (mostly uninhabited) islands. …  

03 Nov 2014 | Article
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