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Conservation Today — eNewsletter of the Viet Nam Country Office

October - December 2008

Conservation Today is a way to update our members, partners, and other stakeholders about environmental activities in which the IUCN Viet Nam Country Office is involved. To learn more, please visit

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Top IUCN staff from around the region spoke at the MRWD launch

Mekong Region Water Dialogues Launched in Viet Nam

Representatives of major national water sectors gathered on Monday, Oct. 24 for IUCN’s launch of the Mekong Region Water Dialogues’ (MRWD) Viet Nam component. …  

27 Nov 2008 | News story

What else is new ... updates from IUCN Viet Nam

A student at Hai An school explains how his drawings depict sea turtle conservation issues.

Student Contests Promote Sea Turtle Conservation

About 400 students at two middle schools in Quang Tri province demonstrated their knowledge of a sea turtle conservation curriculum developed by IUCN Viet Nam at awareness-raising competitions during the weekend of 20-21 December …  

24 Dec 2008 | News story

Workshop participants toured wetlands to consider WFE governance options.

Stakeholder Feedback to Shape Water for Food and Ecosystems Framework

Water stakeholders convened at an IUCN-MARD-organised workshop in Hue from 12-13 December to discuss a draft water management framework meant to foster multi-sectoral collaboration at national and local levels. …  

05 Jan 2009 | News story

Tài nguyên đất ngập nước ở Cần Giờ có thể được quản lý tốt hơn với cơ chế PES

VN Wetlands Education Network Explores Payments for Environmental Services

An IUCN-organised consultation meeting on Dec. 4 – 5 allowed experts to consider possibilities for conserving Viet Nam’s wetlands through a Payment for Environmental Services (PES) mechanism. …   | Vietnamese

30 Dec 2008 | News story

Kien Giang Province is home to HVL's Hon Chong quarry site.

Field Trip to Formulate Projects in Kien Giang

Four experts from IUCN Viet Nam, Holcim Viet Nam Limited (HVL) and the Institute of Tropical Biology (ITB) are embarking on a tour of the province that houses some of the cement producer’s main national quarrying sites to settle the terms of a conservation collaboration planned between the two organisations. …  

03 Dec 2008 | News story

IUCN staff and partners discuss research into resource use in forest communities

Research to Inform Projects Tying Forest Use to Poverty Reduction

IUCN-supported researchers at a Nov. 28-30 workshop in Bac Kan Province finalised study plans for an analytical process aimed to generate information on the province’s forest-dependent rural poor.   

05 Dec 2008 | News story

A Halong Bay site visit illustrates climate change issues in Viet Nam

IUCN VN Supports Regional Climate Change Training Course

Government officials and other climate experts from seven Asian nations gathered in Hanoi during the week of Oct. 27 for an IUCN-supported training programme on climate change impacts and solutions. …  

07 Nov 2008 | News story

A Truong Thanh furniture factory tour showed a company adapting to international timber standards

IUCN VN Readies the Private Sector for Timber Industry Changes

IUCN VN organized a round table meeting in October to inform members of Viet Nam’s wood-processing industry of changing international market regulations and to support them in devising ways to comply. …  

07 Nov 2008 | News story

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09 Dec 2008 | News story

What we are up to ... our upcoming events

Workshop on Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in Viet Nam

Time & Venue: January in Ho Chi Minh City

Objective: To permit National Assembly and other government members to consider the nation’s climate vulnerability.

International Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

Time & Venue: 24 – 26 February in Hanoi

Objective: To convene international experts to discuss climate change adaptation in the region

Draft Biodiversity Corridors Decree Consultation Workshop

Time & Venue: Early 2009 in Hanoi

Objective: To solicit comments on the Draft Biodiversity Corridors Decree and finalise the draft legislation.

FLEGT Training Workshop: Applying Timber Licensing Systems and Legality Definitions

Time & Venue: March in Hanoi

Objective: To raise the awareness of government officials and the private sector about FLEGT issues.

Training on Environment Impact Assessment and Participatory Environment Monitoring

Time: Late March in Southern provinces of Dong Nai, Kien Giang and HCMC

Objective: To build capacity on the subjects for communal and district level government officers at localities where Holcim Vietnam operates.

Food for thought ... new releases

IUCN Vietnam Information Package

IUCN Vietnam Information Package

November 2008 …  

07 Jan 2009 | News story

Announcement on two climate change videos:

1. Mangroves for the Future: a documentary on the role of mangroves in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and Vietnam’s actions in mangroves restoration and protection;

2. Climate change, the Future is in Our Hands: an awareness visual product on climate change and its mitigation.

Both products are available in DVD format at IUCN Vietnam.

Working with IUCN: Unique Perspective

Trang (left) and colleagues at an IUCN book launch.

Gaining Professional Skills at IUCN

I have been working for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an intern for nearly four months. Thanks to the help of many experts here, I have already gained many working experiences and lessons that are very important and useful for my career in the future. Indeed, I really love working here not only for the professional working environment, but also for the IUCN staff, who are very kind and willing to explain concepts and assignments to me. …  

26 Dec 2008 | News story