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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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Forest rangers in Cat Ba National Park

Biodiversity conservation in Viet Nam: a perfect storm

A “perfect storm” is an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically. The term is also used to describe an actual phemonenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude. Over the last few years, a series of reports have documented the disappearance of Vietnam’s globally threatened plants and animals and the ineffectiveness of current management responses. Loss of species matters because while degraded habitats can often be restored and genetic material preserved, extinction is forever. Vietnam’s wildlife in particular faces a perfect storm that has resulted in a three-pronged assault. To read the article, please click HERE  | Vietnamese

09 Apr 2012 | Article
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Mangrove planting in Xuan Thuy National Park

Mangrove restoration in Viet Nam: national plans vs. local realities

Vietnam’s government likes to deliver development through top-down national plans such as Program 661, the five million hectare reforestation program (that ended in 2010 and ended up replanting 2.5 million hectares over 12 years). The government’s fondness for national programs stems from a history of central planning, which involved central government issuing a huge number of targets for ministries to fulfill. The doi moi reforms of the mid-1980s officially moved Viet Nam to a market economy but the central planning mentality lingers. …   | Vietnamese

09 Apr 2012 | Article
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Fish collected by farmers

No flood, no money. What a trade!

When asked about his future, Nguyen Van Nghe, a fisherman in Dong Thap Province answered: “No flood, no money. What a trade!” He was referring to the fact that over the last 10 years the construction of high dykes in Dong Thap and the Long Xuyen Quadrangle has blocked the annual replenishment of freshwater, nutrients, and sediment on which fish depend. In turn, this has destroyed the wild fisheries on which the landless, including Nghe, who make up 20% of the Mekong Delta’s population, depend. Wild fish production has declined by 40% over the last 10 years and species that were once used as fertilizer now sell for VND180,000/kg. The predatory snakehead, which once occupied the top of the aquatic food chain, has disappeared. The high dykes have also greatly reduced the annual flushing. This has resulted in the accumulation of pathogens and toxins in the surface water and growing public health problems. …   | Vietnamese

09 Apr 2012 | Article
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Ban Rong Mai

Less water, more concern raises for climate change

Ban Rong Mai – “Come in, take a shower, it is so hot today,” that is such a strange but sweet welcome for two uninvited Vietnamese guests, like us, on arriving at Ban Rong Mai village, Bang Chan Sub-distrcit, Klung District, Chanthaburi province, Thailand. 

03 Apr 2012 | Article
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Journalists interview Prof. Chu Hoi at Lap An Lagoon, Thua-Thien-Hue

Training workshop for environmental journalists on "Investing in coasal ecosystems"

Viet Nam is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, sea level rise, and potential tsunami. In addition, other coastal impacts has been rapidly increasing such as salt intrusion, ecosystems changes, depleted coastal fresh groundwater resources, uncertain livelihoods of local people in coastal areas,..What should be the solution to coastal sustainable development, to reduce unavoidable impacts, to adapt to rapidly changing coastal areas, and to improve local people’s livelihoods? Investing in coastal ecosystesms could be seen as one reliable and sustainable solution, to secure future for coastal areas. …   | Vietnamese

30 Mar 2012 | Media advisory
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Mangroves in Kien Giang Province

First BCR Coastal Forum 2012: some impressions

I was part of the Vietnamese group that attended the first EU-funded Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Coastal Forum that was held in Chanthaburi, Thailand on February 29-March 2, 2012. Throughout the three days, I was impressed by the high level of participation, the high quality of most of the presentations, and the amount that the three BCR countries - Thailand, Cambodia, and Viet Nam - can learn from each other. Several things struck me from the forum. …  

20 Mar 2012 | Article
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Water lily survey

Water means wealth – ‘smart’ water management in Asia and the Pacific

Marseille, France, 16 March 2012 - Availability of fresh water is essential to social and economic growth. Investing in sustainable water management should be a priority for all decision makers, according to a recent publication by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and ADB (Asian Development Bank). …   | French | Spanish

16 Mar 2012 | International news release

Surrounding communities rely on the river for transportation

Water for peace in south Asia

Bangladesh and India have some of the most intricate and complex river systems in the world. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, the three major rivers, along with their tributaries drain an area of about 1.75 million square kilometres supporting a population of 620 million people. …  

14 Mar 2012 | News story

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IUCN Vietnam: new finance and administration assistant on board

Ms. Nguyen Thu Trang has joined IUCN as the Finance & Administration Assistant for IUCN VN based in project office in Ho Chi Minh City with effect from 01 March 2012. Before joining IUCN, she worked as Finance cum Admin Staff for the Family Medical Project, Institute for Health, Environment & Development and responsible for managing students of Hospital Management class for Thang Long University. Trang obtained the Master Degree of Business and Administration of MBA program organized between the University of National University in Hanoi and Benedictine University in U.S.A in 2011. With the current position at IUCN Vietnam, she will mainly work for BCR Project.
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09 Mar 2012 | Article
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Deploying devices

Back from the brink: experience of a fishing village in Rayong, Thailand

The following story was based on a field trip organized as part of the first European Union Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Forum in Chanthaburi, Thailand on February 28-March 2, 2012.
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08 Mar 2012 | Article


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