IUCN Viet Nam's mission

IUCN’s global mission is: “To influence, encourage, and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that the use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.”

As defined in its 2007-2010 Strategic Framework, IUCN Vietnam’s mission is: “To influence, encourage, and assist Vietnam’s biodiversity conservation and equitable sustainable use of natural resources for improving its people’s quality of life.” Its vision is: ”To become the leading knowledge-based conservation and environmental organization, working in partnership with the government of Vietnam, civil society, and the private sector in order to promote best practices for sustainable development; maintain environmental integrity; and support sustainable livelihoods for it people.”


IUCN has a long history in Viet Nam since it first supported the government in preparation of the National Conservation Strategy in 1984. Since then, IUCN has made important contributors to biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, primarily through support to the development of laws and policies such as the National Biodiversity Action Plan (1995), the National Environment and Sustainable Development Plan (1991-2000), the Forest Law (2004), the Environment Law (2005) and the Biodiversity Law (2008).

While IUCN has historically focused on policy formulation, it now looks increasingly at policy implementation. Generally speaking, Viet Nam has an adequate set of environmental laws and regulations; the problem is weak policy implementation. To address this challenge, IUCN works with partners to both support and bring pressure to increase transparency and accountability of government. Our partners include the National Assembly, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration, international businesses, and a new generation of local NGOs formed to address specific issues of public concern.

IUCN is also improving its analysis of the governance challenges that constrain government action. In the past, these were limited resources and inadequate technical capacity. But there are other more complex barriers like the conflicts of interest that provincial authorities face as both beneficiaries and regulators of local industries. Another is the fact that provincial government officials are evaluated and promoted based on a narrow set of economic and political criteria. Since these exclude environmental variables, environmental concerns are effectively invisible to decision makers.

Partners & Members

IUCN implements projects in collaboration with state and non-state partners. In addition to IUCN’s international members such as Fauna and Flora International (FFI), World Wildlife Fun (WWF), and Birdlife International, IUCN Viet Nam currently has four local members: one state member (MONRE) and three NGOs or research centers, the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES), the Institute of Ecological Economy (ECO-ECO), Action for the City (ACCD), and the Centre for Marine Life Conservation and Community Development (MCD). By joining IUCN, you will advance your own cause and add to our collective strength in overcoming barriers to a sustainable future.

IUCN membership is open to states, government agencies, conservation and development NGOs, and others with an interest in environmental policy and sustainable management practices and supporting IUCN’s broad objectives. We may be able to assist applicants fulfill the membership requirements. For more information, please visit http://www.iucn.org/about/union/members/join or contact info.vietnam@iucn.org.