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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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Indochinese silvered langur in Hon Chong

Exploiting limestone, Silvered langurs lose their “home”: a response

Several recent newspaper articles, including one published in the December 12, 2011 edition of Tuoi Tre, draw attention to the status of the Silvered langur (Trachypithecus germaini) populations on the karst hills of Kien Luong District, Kien Giang Province. As the Tuoi Tre article states, this species is assessed as Endangered by IUCN, the International Union of Conservation of Nature, because it is believed to have undergone a decline exceeding 50% over the past 36 years (three generations, given a generation length of 12 years) due to a combination of habitat loss and hunting pressure ( The Tuoi Tre article also correctly acknowledges the unique biodiversity of the Kien Luong karst hills. …   | Vietnamese

30 Jan 2012 | Media advisory
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Eroded sea dyke and mangrove strip at Vam Ray village, Kien Giang Province

Why healthy ecosystems matter: the case of mangroves in the Mekong Delta

If protected, nature has an amazing ability to recover after disturbance. But the ability to recover depends on the health and resilience of the ecosystem. Mangroves in the Mekong Delta illustrate this principle. …   | Vietnamese

14 Dec 2011 | Article
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Mr. Vo Van Nua in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

Protecting mangroves: what does it cost?

A 2010 report by Forest Trends entitled Roots in the Water: Legal Frameworks for Mangrove PES in Vietnam identified high opportunity cost as a major barrier to mangrove conservation and the development of payments for ecosystems services (PES) systems. In Vietnam, the high opportunity costs arise from the high returns that can be earned from clearing mangroves particularly for shrimp ponds. …   | Vietnamese

13 Dec 2011 | Article
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New brief on national forest governance assessments

New brief on findings from national forest governance assessments

Between 2005 and 2009, the IUCN project Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) sought to improve the effectiveness of forest governance in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam. …  

07 Dec 2011 | News story

Local boats access to Xuan Thuy National Park

Mangrove for the Future Viet Nam - Small Grant Facility - 2012 call for proposals

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is pleased to announce the second round of Small Grant Facility (SGF) call for proposals. MFF is a partnership-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems. For more information about MFF, please visit: SGF supports local community action for the conservation and management of coastal ecosystems. As well as providing direct environmental and livelihood benefits, SGF will support projects that offer practical models to inspire policy-making and thereby link the household and community level to coastal area management and policy-making. SGF projects should ensure the participation of women and other disadvantaged groups, at least at a demonstration scale. For further information, please click HERE. A sample of concept note from Xuan Thuy National Park is ENCLOSED for your reference.
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05 Dec 2011 | Jobs - call for proposals
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House submerged in Hong Ngu district, Dong Thap Province during floods (taken in September 2011)

Man vs. nature: flooding in the Mekong Delta

The recent flooding in the Mekong Delta has forced decision makers to address an important question: does it make sense for the state to support the high levels of investment in large-scale water resource management infrastructure needed to produce a third crop of rice. The answer depends on who you ask and how you define the costs and benefits. Many researchers and farmers representatives argue that the direct and hidden costs of a third crop exceed the benefits in terms of the extra rice produced. But many government officials insist that a third crop of rice makes economic sense.   …   | Vietnamese

30 Nov 2011 | Article
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The last Javan Rhino was found dead in Vietnam

What hope for Vietnam’s highly threatened wildlife?

In 2012, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) will lead the preparation of a new National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). Vietnam’s first NBSAP was approved in 1995 (with a minor revision 2007). A lot has happened in the past 16 years so this new NBSAP will be a complete rewrite. It will need to include the Aichi Biodiversity targets, a set of 20 indicators that were agreed to at the CBD COP held in Nagoya in 2010. To produce a new NBSAP on time and of high quality will require input from many government agencies, research center, universities, and NGOs. It will need to be based on an honest assessment of what has worked and what hasn’t in biodiversity conservation. It will also need to set priorities. The below article, which was presented at a BCA workshop in Ba Vi on November 18, says, IUCN advocates for a focus on those species that are both highly threatened and endemic (or almost endemic) to Vietnam. …  

29 Nov 2011 | Article
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A female clam collector with her results of the day, Xuan Thuy National Park

Empowering women: a story from Xuan Thuy National Park

On October 26, 2011, I visited Xuan Thuy National Park in Nam Dinh Province to learn about a project to develop a co-management agreement between the park authorities and local clam collectors in the core zone of the park in order to both protect the rich resource base and benefit poor women. The project is being funded by the small grant facility of Mangroves for the Future (MFF), a partnership-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems. For more information about MFF, please visit:  | Vietnamese

11 Nov 2011 | Blogs

Sugar cane farm of Mr. Luong

An uncertain future for the poor in the face of a fast changing environment in Kien Giang Province

Located on Kien Giang’s 200-km-long coastline, Binh Son Commune is one of the most eroded stretches of coast where, according to the local government and community leaders, the mangroves have receded year after year under the combined effects of sea level rise, storms, and other extreme events. The livelihoods of disadvantaged people in this area, particularly in Vam Ray Hamlet, have been dramatically affected. …   | Vietnamese

27 Oct 2011 | Article

Vietnam delegates meet with IUCN’s Dr. Robert Mather, Head, South East Asia Group

5th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum: some highlights

Together with a delegation drawn from IUCN’s five Vietnamese State and NGO members led by MONRE Vice-Minister Tran Hong Ha, I attended IUCN’s Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) in Incheon, Korea on September 27-29, 2011. This RCF, which was attended by over 600 participants, was the ninth of the 11 regional forums that IUCN will organize in the run up to the World Conservation Congress (WCC) that will take place in Jeju, Korea in September 2012. Here are some of the presentations and interventions that caught my attention. …   | Vietnamese

18 Oct 2011 | News story

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