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Surakit Laeaddee and his worker hold up a shrimp net at his shrimp farm in Leam Fa Pha, Thailand, January 26, 2016.

Asia shrimp farmers restock mangrove "supermarket" by going organic

A recent article published by Thomson Reuters Foundation highlights how the introduction of organic shrimp production in Thailand thanks to the Mangroves and Markets project is stemming mangrove degradation and protecting delicate ecosystems.  The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).  An excerpt from the article can be found below, including a link to the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website.  

01 Feb 2016 | Article

Mr. Nguyen Dinh Hai - head of sawmill - exchanging experience with international experts of FFF programme

From information exchange to a jointly owned sawmill: story of an acacia group in Yen Bai Province

The acacia growers group in Lem Village, Phu Thinh Commune, Yen Binh District, headed by Mr. Nguyen Dinh Hai, illustrates the different stages of development of a typical forest and farm producer organization (FFPO) in Vietnam and is an example of how the Forest and Farm Facility Initiative (FFF) assists entrepreneurs. …   | Vietnamese

28 Jan 2016 | Article
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Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan -  Director of the Hai Phong Department of Foreign Affairs - discussing at the meeting

Ha Long-Cat Bay Alliance Second Leadership Committee Meeting

The second meeting of the Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance Leadership Committee was held in Hai Phong on December 3, 2015. (The first was held in Ha Long in May 2015, see LINK). The meeting was chaired by Susan Sutton, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Hanoi and Le Khac Nam, Vice-Chair of the Hai Phong People's Committee. In her opening remarks, Ms. Sutton observed that transboundary management, such as between Quang Ninh Province and Hai Phong City over the Ha Long Bay-Cat Ba Archipelago marine ecosystem, is inherently complicated and often requires solutions involving both business and government. She pointed out that both have responsibilities: the cruise boat companies that operate in the bay must meet at a minimum comply with environmental regulations while government should reinvest a significant portion of the millions of dollars in entrance fees into environmental protection - and (as many TripAdvisor reviews say) be seen to do so.  …  

15 Jan 2016 | Article
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Participants at the meeting

Implementing environmental policy in Viet Nam: IUCN'S experience

When I joined IUCN in late 2008, I asked my staff what they were most proud of. The answer was our work on legislation and IUCN does indeed have an impressive track record. Since the 1980s, IUCN has supported the government with the preparation of numerous environmental policies, strategies, and laws, most recently the Biodiversity Law in 2008, the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan in 2013, and the Law on Sea and Island Natural Resources and Environment in 2015. …  

07 Jan 2016 | Article
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Participants contributing to the development of an integrated water resource management strategy

CSO forum identifies strategic priorities for water resource management in the 3S basins

“The BRIDGE forum provided us with the much-needed opportunity to interact with other civil society organisations, share knowledge, learn from each other's work and collectively develop solutions to manage our shared river basins.” …  

04 Jan 2016 | Article

Participants discussing with extensive mangroves based shrimp farmers

Mangroves and shrimp: A comparison of China and Vietnam experiences

As part of MFF's Sino-Vietnam Initiative, a workshop in Hanoi and a field trip in Quang Ninh were organized from November 27-28, 2015 for a group of Vietnamese and Chinese mangrove specialists and Quang Ninh provincial officials. The purpose was to compare the state of mangrove-based shrimp farming in the neighboring provinces of Quang Ninh, Viet Nam and Guangxi, China, and to share lessons learned. …  

31 Dec 2015 | Article
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Participants attending the training workshop in An Giang Province

Reporting on Mekong Dams – Science, Policies and Voices from the Ground

On November 10, BRIDGE financed a training workshop entitled Reporting on Mekong Dams – Science, Policies and Voices from the Ground in An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. It was organized by Pan Nature, a Vietnamese NGO, to brief journalists on the concerns and perspectives of local stakeholders on planned dams on the Mekong River. Thirty journalists from national and provincial newspapers and radio and television agencies in the delta attended, as will as representatives from academia and NGOs from Vietnam and other Mekong countries. The workshop report is available HERE. …  

31 Dec 2015 | News story
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The film was shown at Lotte Cinema Saigon South

IUCN Viet Nam and Lotte Cinema joined efforts in carrying out an awareness raising programme on marine turtle conservation in Viet Nam

Within the framework of the cooperation between IUCN and WE Media Company, a community awareness program on wildlife protection that focuses on Sea Turtle Conservation has been implemented. As part of this program, a short film about sea turtle conservation has been shown in Lotte Cinemas before the screening of main films. …  

30 Dec 2015 | News story
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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

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