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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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As Mekong Leaders Gather, Public Awaits Answers on Xayaburi Dam

Save the Mekong Press Release - Phuket, Thailand – As the Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries gather today for the MRC’s Mekong 2 Rio International Conference on Transboundary River Basin Management, the Save the Mekong coalition has called upon regional governments to immediately address the ambiguities that have been left unanswered with respect to the future of the Xayaburi Dam and other mainstream dams …  

02 May 2012 | News story
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Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica)

Seizure highlights need for pangolin conservation

The seizure of 71 pangolins being transported without documentation in Vietnam has highlighted that the formation of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group has come at an important time. …  

27 Apr 2012 | News story

Villager repairing fish net

Near-shore fishing in Can Gio: a precarious living

As part of a BCR training workshop for provincial government staff in Can Gio on April 4-6, 2012, IUCN organized a short visit to Dong Tranh, a fishing village located right next to Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve where the trainees could test their skills at carrying out vulnerability and capacity assessments. …   | Vietnamese

24 Apr 2012 | News story
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Participants visit a fishing village in Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve

BCR training of trainers workshop in Can Gio

A major objective of IUCN’s Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) is to link provincial level investments in climate change adaptation with explicit needs based on assessments of vulnerability and community capacity at the community level. On April 4-6, 2012, IUCN organized a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for government and partner staff who will be involved in the Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) workshops in BCR’s five focal provinces in the Mekong Delta. To learn more about the TOT workshop, click here. …   | Vietnamese

23 Apr 2012 | Event
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Forest rangers in Cat Ba National Park

Biodiversity conservation in Viet Nam: a perfect storm

A “perfect storm” is an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically. The term is also used to describe an actual phemonenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude. Over the last few years, a series of reports have documented the disappearance of Vietnam’s globally threatened plants and animals and the ineffectiveness of current management responses. Loss of species matters because while degraded habitats can often be restored and genetic material preserved, extinction is forever. Vietnam’s wildlife in particular faces a perfect storm that has resulted in a three-pronged assault. To read the article, please click HERE  | Vietnamese

09 Apr 2012 | Article
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Mangrove planting in Xuan Thuy National Park

Mangrove restoration in Viet Nam: national plans vs. local realities

Vietnam’s government likes to deliver development through top-down national plans such as Program 661, the five million hectare reforestation program (that ended in 2010 and ended up replanting 2.5 million hectares over 12 years). The government’s fondness for national programs stems from a history of central planning, which involved central government issuing a huge number of targets for ministries to fulfill. The doi moi reforms of the mid-1980s officially moved Viet Nam to a market economy but the central planning mentality lingers. …   | Vietnamese

09 Apr 2012 | Article
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Fish collected by farmers

No flood, no money. What a trade!

When asked about his future, Nguyen Van Nghe, a fisherman in Dong Thap Province answered: “No flood, no money. What a trade!” He was referring to the fact that over the last 10 years the construction of high dykes in Dong Thap and the Long Xuyen Quadrangle has blocked the annual replenishment of freshwater, nutrients, and sediment on which fish depend. In turn, this has destroyed the wild fisheries on which the landless, including Nghe, who make up 20% of the Mekong Delta’s population, depend. Wild fish production has declined by 40% over the last 10 years and species that were once used as fertilizer now sell for VND180,000/kg. The predatory snakehead, which once occupied the top of the aquatic food chain, has disappeared. The high dykes have also greatly reduced the annual flushing. This has resulted in the accumulation of pathogens and toxins in the surface water and growing public health problems. …   | Vietnamese

09 Apr 2012 | Article
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Ban Rong Mai

Less water, more concern raises for climate change

Ban Rong Mai – “Come in, take a shower, it is so hot today,” that is such a strange but sweet welcome for two uninvited Vietnamese guests, like us, on arriving at Ban Rong Mai village, Bang Chan Sub-distrcit, Klung District, Chanthaburi province, Thailand. 

03 Apr 2012 | Article
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Journalists interview Prof. Chu Hoi at Lap An Lagoon, Thua-Thien-Hue

Training workshop for environmental journalists on "Investing in coasal ecosystems"

Viet Nam is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, sea level rise, and potential tsunami. In addition, other coastal impacts has been rapidly increasing such as salt intrusion, ecosystems changes, depleted coastal fresh groundwater resources, uncertain livelihoods of local people in coastal areas,..What should be the solution to coastal sustainable development, to reduce unavoidable impacts, to adapt to rapidly changing coastal areas, and to improve local people’s livelihoods? Investing in coastal ecosystesms could be seen as one reliable and sustainable solution, to secure future for coastal areas. …   | Vietnamese

30 Mar 2012 | Media advisory
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Mangroves in Kien Giang Province

First BCR Coastal Forum 2012: some impressions

I was part of the Vietnamese group that attended the first EU-funded Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Coastal Forum that was held in Chanthaburi, Thailand on February 29-March 2, 2012. Throughout the three days, I was impressed by the high level of participation, the high quality of most of the presentations, and the amount that the three BCR countries - Thailand, Cambodia, and Viet Nam - can learn from each other. Several things struck me from the forum. …  

20 Mar 2012 | Article
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