News | 11 Sep, 2023

Introducing OECMs in Viet Nam

At the CBD COP 15 in December 2022, the State Parties, including Viet Nam, approved the 30x30 commitment to protect 30% of its land and sea area by 2030. In addition, Viet Nam joined the UK-led Global Ocean Alliance, which aims to protect at least 30% of the global oceans by 2030.

Other effective area-based for conservation measures (OECMs) are a new conservation designation to incentive conservation outside of protected areas; they provide new opportunities for countries to achieve conservation targets.

On 30 June 2023, IUCN organised a technical consultation meeting in Ha Noi to discuss how OECMs can help meet Viet Nam’s 30x30 commitment with around 50 participants from government agencies, research centers, universities, NGOs, and development partners.

It was an opportunity introduce OECMs, provide examples of OECMs regionally, and discuss the legal and technical steps institutionalizing OECMs in Viet Nam.  

This workshop will be followed by national consultation on OECMs that NBCA, IUCN, WWF, and GIZ will organize later in 2023. For workshop report, see LINK.