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Dr. Phan Thanh Hai and Mrs. Hoang Thi Hau, Director of Thanh Xuan Organic Vegetable Cooperative shared experience in cooperative management at the training

Challenges of benefit sharing in Vietnam: equality vs. equity

When I first heard about the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), a partnership between FAO, IIED, and IUCN to strengthen forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs), one question arose in my mind: Will history repeat itself?   …  

25 Apr 2016 | Article
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Local fisherwomen enjoyed getting free purified water from EKOCENTER

How IUCN and partners are helping resettled fishing communities?

“Since moving inland, I have had to travel by bike to Ha Long market to earn my living. It is very difficult for me!” Ms. Nguyen Thi Binh is a 55-year-old villager who was born in one of Ha Long Bay's famous floating villages. She now lives in Ha Phong Ward, a recently established resettlement area. …   | Vietnamese

14 Apr 2016 | Article
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Organic shrimp production in Minh Phu Seafood Corporation

Mangroves & Markets final workshop: results and lessons learned

For the past three years, IUCN and SNV Netherlands Development Organization have been implementing Mangroves & Markets, a project financed by BMUB, the German Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Building, and Nuclear Safety, to support mangrove conservation in Ca Mau through the expansion of certified organic shrimp farming that links a premium payment to maintaining 50% mangrove cover. …   | Vietnamese

05 Apr 2016 | News story
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Local villagers with free clean drinking water provided by EKOCENTER

What's an EKOCENTER and what does it do?

For over 10 years, IUCN reported concerns to UNESCO regarding the environmental impacts of floating communities that had taken up residence in the core zone of the Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site. In 2013, the Quang Ninh provincial government relocated several hundred of these fishing families out of the WHS to Ha Phong, a 20 minute drive from Ha Long City. …   | Vietnamese

04 Apr 2016 | News story
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Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) in Van Long Nature Reserve

The IUCN Green List – A new standard for conservation success

Hanoi – IUCN's pioneering Green List edged closer to being fully set in motion in the Asia region last week with an inception workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the new global standard for protected and conserved areas will soon enter an important implementation phase. …  

23 Mar 2016 | Article
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Local farmers transporting waste water treatment tanks

"Hello" toilets, shrimp, and livelihoods in Ca Mau Province

Over the past 20 years, farmers of the Mekong Delta have made use of pond toilets that discharge waste directly into canals and rivers near their farms. Every morning, the local people on their way to the market by boat greet their neighbours in these toilets. That is why they are jokingly called “Hello” toilets. …   | Vietnamese

10 Mar 2016 | News story
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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.  …   | Vietnamese

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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