Boat cruises in Ha Long Bay

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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Journalists filming in Ha Long Bay

Public-Private Partnerships for Environmental Protection: Role of the Media

Quang Ninh is one of Vietnam’s most environmentally notable and richest provinces. Home to the famous Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site, the area welcomes thousands of visitors each day. With growing environmental impact from mass tourism and surrounding industries, however, the need for cooperation between the private and public sectors is increasingly apparent. …  

27 Feb 2015 | Article
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Asia Review 2013-2014

IUCN in Asia: delivering change through partnerships

IUCN Asia Review 2013-2014 is now available for download. In this issue we focus on the many partnerships we embarked on in the past two years, working together for people and nature in order to deliver positive change for the environment. …  

23 Feb 2015 | Article

Wild Life in Viet Nam: a Red-shanked Douc (listed as Endangered) found in Sơn Trà, Da Nang, Viet Nam.

Giving nature a voice: boosting conservation with communications

A grant administered by IUCN and CEPF is boosting conservation efforts in Viet Nam with a public awareness project.   | Vietnamese

19 Feb 2015 | Article

Participants at the launch workshop

Water pollution in Ha Long Bay: the challenge

Every day, 5,500 tourists on average take cruises through the spectacular landscape of Ha Long Bay. Rising from the sparkling green waters, steep, densely forested karst hills never fail to impress. These days, however, the waters aren’t so sparkling and visitors are becoming less inclined to revisit an area plagued by pollution. In response, IUCN and Marine Conservation and Development (MCD), a local NGO and IUCN member, have established the Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance (HLCBA), a partnership of government, business, and grassroots organizations. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Alliance supports multi-stakeholder initiatives and innovative governance arrangements to improve water quality in Ha Long and Cat Ba.   …   | Vietnamese

29 Jan 2015 | Article
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Tran Van Van and other farmers collecting shrimps in the shrimp pond

VIETGAP: better livelihoods and a clearer environment

Tran Van Van, his wife Nguyen Thi Hong, and their two children live in Kim Trung Commune, Ninh Binh Province where they farm white leg shrimp in 3.5 hectares of pond. Two years ago, after frequent disease outbreaks, they defaulted on a 16 million dong (US$750) loan from the Women's Union. Van went to China to work on a sugar cane plantation but couldn't make enough money to support his family and had to go home. He returned with no clear idea of how to make a living for his family. …  

20 Jan 2015 | Article
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Participants from across four provinces in Viet Nam

Four coastal provinces reflect on climate change adaptation in Viet Nam

Between 14-15 December 2014, the Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) End of Project workshop brought together a little over 70 participants in Can Gio from across four provinces of the Mekong Delta — Kien Giang, Ben Tre, Soc Trang, and Can Gio.   …  

08 Jan 2015 | Article

Organic shrimps collected by farmers at Nhung Mien, Ca Mau Province

Paving the way for sustainable shrimp farming in Viet Nam

Extensive shrimp farming has had major negative impacts on many coastal areas in Asia, with farmers converting large areas of intact mangrove forest to shrimp ponds. While the business can be lucrative, when prices fall or disease hits entire harvests may be wiped out. Even worse, the integrity of coastal ecosystems suffers, leaving local communities extremely vulnerable to natural disasters.  …  

06 Jan 2015 | Article

A participant presenting the group discussion's results

Assessing MPA management effectiveness

In 2010, the government established 16 MPAs. Only eight of these have any form of management presence, however. Even where there is a management presence, there is concern about its effectiveness in the face of numerous threats. IUCN and others have done a good job over the last few years of documenting these threats, notably illegal fishing, loss of turtle nesting beaches, poorly planned development, land-based pollution, and in some cases very large numbers of visitors. What we haven’t done so well is to identify, let alone implement, consistently effective solutions that allow the MPAs to meet their management objectives. …   | Vietnamese

30 Dec 2014 | Article
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National Assembly Vice President Uong Chu Luu delivering opening remarks at the workshop

National Assembly and water governance

On March 28-April 1, 2015, the National Assembly (NA) will host the 132rd Assembly of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union: http://www.ipu.org/conf-e/132agnd.htm. On the agenda is a resolution on “Shaping a new system of water governance: Promoting parliamentary action on water”. In preparation, the NA organized a workshop in December, chaired by the NA Vice-President, to share ideas on water governance in Vietnam. The presentations on domestic and international water governance and plenary discussion raised some interesting issues. …   | Vietnamese

29 Dec 2014 | Article
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Trainer Le Dai Tri facilitating the training workshop

Project learning: How to do it better

As a global network that relies heavily on partners to implement projects, IUCN issues a lot of small grants. In 2014 alone, two of our biggest programs, Mangroves for the Future (MFF) and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), have awarded 21 small grants in Vietnam alone with a total budget of US$370,000. As part of our M&E process, IUCN staff make site visits to talk to grantees, meet beneficiaries, and check what’s happening the ground. …   | Vietnamese

16 Dec 2014 | Article
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