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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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Dr. Nguyen The Dong, Deputy Administrator of Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) handling certificate to Mr. Trương Thanh Sơn, Director of Lang Sen Wetland Reserve

Lang Sen becomes Vietnam’s seventh Ramsar Site

On November 27, 2015, the Long An Provincial People’s Committee (PPC) organized a meeting in Tan Hung to celebrate Lang Sen to become Vietnam 7th Ramsar Site and the 2,227th globally. Vietnam ratified the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (commonly called Ramsar Convention) in 1989 when it nominated Xuan Thuy Wetland in the Red River Delta as its first Ramsar Site (and the first in Southeast Asia). It took more than 15 years for the second site, the Bau Sau Lake in Cat Tien National Park, to be nominated. But since 2011, thanks for the efforts of the National Ramsar Authority, six more sites have been designated, four of them in the Mekong Delta. IUCN has assisted with the preparation of the nomination documents for all six sites. …  

21 Dec 2015 | Article
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Students from Nha Trang University learn more about wildlife trade through a seminar.

More than 5,200 people in Vietnam pledge to stop wildlife products consumption

More than 5,200 people pledged against using wildlife products at outreach events organised by the National Wildlife Protection Network of Education for Nature - Viet Nam (ENV) last October. …   | Vietnamese

09 Dec 2015 | Article

Participants at COMACON 2015

Managing natural resources better together: conference in Bangkok explores the status of co-management in Bangladesh and the region

In many areas around the world, co-management is recognised as a successful approach to natural resources management. Co-management is a fairly new concept. In the past, many societies had closed systems for the management of natural resources, where one or maybe a few parties, for example, managed the resources (for example, a forest) and decided on its uses and the distribution of its benefits. …  

12 Nov 2015 | Article

Terraced Fields in Viet Nam

Viet Nam links REDD+ benefit sharing with existing forest conservation

Payment systems already in place for forest ecosystem services in Viet Nam are providing useful models for setting up REDD+ benefit sharing …  

12 Oct 2015 | Article

Pygmy hog (Porcula salvania), critically endangered species.

IUCN’s Harry Messel Award given to two conservationists in Asia

Two conservationists who work in Asia received the 2015 Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership. The announcement of the winners was made last month during the IUCN Species Survival Commission Leaders’ Meeting held in Abu Dhabi. …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Mekong River

Commentary: The UN Watercourses Convention – an opportunity to reinvigorate the Mekong Spirit

In 1995, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam signed the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin. After decades of war and civil strife, it was celebrated as a triumph of the Mekong Spirit that would usher in a new era of regional peace and prosperity. The agreement established the Mekong River Commission, an inter-governmental institution made up of the four member states. …  

02 Oct 2015 | Article

Associate Prof. Dr. Dinh Xuan Thao - Director of Institute of Legislative Studies, National Assembly, Viet Nam making speech at the training

Hydrodiplomacy training: International water law and regional cooperation

Between September 21 and 28, BRIDGE organized series of training workshops on international water law and regional cooperation for the Cambodia National Mekong Committee and National Assembly in Phnom Penh, the National Assembly in Hanoi, and Myanmar and Thai government officials and Thai NGOs in Bangkok. The training was led by Dr. Alejandro Iza, Director of IUCN's Environment Law Center in Bonn. …  

30 Sep 2015 | News story
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Farmers in a group discussion with Dr. Nguyen Quang Trung - a scientist from Vietnam Academy of Forest Sciences.

Connecting scientists and farmers

As part of Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) in Vietnam, and following on from the first two phases of market analysis and development (MA&D) training in January and June, the Vietnam Farmer Union (VNFU) organized a phase 3 training in Hanoi for 24 farmers and local facilitators in Hanoi on August 13-17.   …   | Vietnamese

30 Sep 2015 | Article
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Mr. Bui Thanh Cong, shrimp farming's owner in Tra Vinh Province, a beneficiary of SGF/MFF

A model shrimp farm in the Mekong Delta

Bui Thanh Cong took up shrimp farming after his retirement. The move was not unusual. In the past decade, many people from his province of Tra Vinh have begun taking up shrimp farming, Viet Nam’s newest cash cow. Cong owns around nine hectares of land. Like his neighbours, Cong's production is mostly reliant on intensive farming which is extremely unsustainable because it clears away mangroves and is heavily dependent on chemical inputs. Cong’s production took a turn, however, when he agreed to be part of a pilot project to explore alternative technologies for environmentally friendly shrimp farming.  …   | Vietnamese

22 Sep 2015 | Article
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A shrimp farmer's hut stands near a pond in Tra Vinh Province, Viet Nam

Shrimp Farming: Problem or Solution?

In Viet Nam's Tra Vinh Province, located in the Mekong Delta, poly-culture methods are helping mangroves make a come-back. Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta region is one of the most productive regions in Asia. Located at the south-western tip of the country, this rich patch of land is where the Mekong River drains to the South China Sea. Around 17 million people live in the area, which makes up about a fourth of Viet Nam’s rice agriculture area, and contributes half its fisheries output. People’s reliance on this area of land is significant, not just within Viet Nam, but around the world—this is where a considerable amount of the world’s rice and shrimp supplies originates.
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22 Sep 2015 | Article
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