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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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New brief on national forest governance assessments

New brief on findings from national forest governance assessments

Between 2005 and 2009, the IUCN project Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) sought to improve the effectiveness of forest governance in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam. …  

07 Dec 2011 | News story

Local boats access to Xuan Thuy National Park

Mangrove for the Future Viet Nam - Small Grant Facility - 2012 call for proposals

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is pleased to announce the second round of Small Grant Facility (SGF) call for proposals. MFF is a partnership-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems. For more information about MFF, please visit: www.mangrovesforthefuture.org.The SGF supports local community action for the conservation and management of coastal ecosystems. As well as providing direct environmental and livelihood benefits, SGF will support projects that offer practical models to inspire policy-making and thereby link the household and community level to coastal area management and policy-making. SGF projects should ensure the participation of women and other disadvantaged groups, at least at a demonstration scale. For further information, please click HERE. A sample of concept note from Xuan Thuy National Park is ENCLOSED for your reference.
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05 Dec 2011 | Jobs - call for proposals
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House submerged in Hong Ngu district, Dong Thap Province during floods (taken in September 2011)

Man vs. nature: flooding in the Mekong Delta

The recent flooding in the Mekong Delta has forced decision makers to address an important question: does it make sense for the state to support the high levels of investment in large-scale water resource management infrastructure needed to produce a third crop of rice. The answer depends on who you ask and how you define the costs and benefits. Many researchers and farmers representatives argue that the direct and hidden costs of a third crop exceed the benefits in terms of the extra rice produced. But many government officials insist that a third crop of rice makes economic sense.   …   | Vietnamese

30 Nov 2011 | Article
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The last Javan Rhino was found dead in Vietnam

What hope for Vietnam’s highly threatened wildlife?

In 2012, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) will lead the preparation of a new National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). Vietnam’s first NBSAP was approved in 1995 (with a minor revision 2007). A lot has happened in the past 16 years so this new NBSAP will be a complete rewrite. It will need to include the Aichi Biodiversity targets, a set of 20 indicators that were agreed to at the CBD COP held in Nagoya in 2010. To produce a new NBSAP on time and of high quality will require input from many government agencies, research center, universities, and NGOs. It will need to be based on an honest assessment of what has worked and what hasn’t in biodiversity conservation. It will also need to set priorities. The below article, which was presented at a BCA workshop in Ba Vi on November 18, says, IUCN advocates for a focus on those species that are both highly threatened and endemic (or almost endemic) to Vietnam. …  

29 Nov 2011 | Article
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A female clam collector with her results of the day, Xuan Thuy National Park

Empowering women: a story from Xuan Thuy National Park

On October 26, 2011, I visited Xuan Thuy National Park in Nam Dinh Province to learn about a project to develop a co-management agreement between the park authorities and local clam collectors in the core zone of the park in order to both protect the rich resource base and benefit poor women. The project is being funded by the small grant facility of Mangroves for the Future (MFF), a partnership-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems. For more information about MFF, please visit: www.mangrovesforthefuture.org.  | Vietnamese

11 Nov 2011 | Blogs

Sugar cane farm of Mr. Luong

An uncertain future for the poor in the face of a fast changing environment in Kien Giang Province

Located on Kien Giang’s 200-km-long coastline, Binh Son Commune is one of the most eroded stretches of coast where, according to the local government and community leaders, the mangroves have receded year after year under the combined effects of sea level rise, storms, and other extreme events. The livelihoods of disadvantaged people in this area, particularly in Vam Ray Hamlet, have been dramatically affected. …   | Vietnamese

27 Oct 2011 | Article

Vietnam delegates meet with IUCN’s Dr. Robert Mather, Head, South East Asia Group

5th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum: some highlights

Together with a delegation drawn from IUCN’s five Vietnamese State and NGO members led by MONRE Vice-Minister Tran Hong Ha, I attended IUCN’s Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) in Incheon, Korea on September 27-29, 2011. This RCF, which was attended by over 600 participants, was the ninth of the 11 regional forums that IUCN will organize in the run up to the World Conservation Congress (WCC) that will take place in Jeju, Korea in September 2012. Here are some of the presentations and interventions that caught my attention. …   | Vietnamese

18 Oct 2011 | News story

Children living in Lang Sen Wetland Nature Reserve

New project to improve water use in the Mekong Delta

On September 29, 2011, Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Field Coordinator Tang Phuong Gian attended the inception workshop in Soc Trang organized by Wageningen University (WU) and Can Tho University for Production Ability for Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Area of Mekong River, a project to explore ways to optimize the use of salt, brackish, and freshwater in the Mekong Delta. The project builds on a study called Water for Food and Ecosystems (WFE) that was funded by LNV, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality and coordinated by IUCN with technical support provided by WU’s Dr. Gerardo van Halsema, who organized this workshop. For a copy of the WFE case studies, click HERE. …   | Vietnamese

14 Oct 2011 | News story

The guilty drain

Climate change or poor design?

Twice this summer I’ve had to evacuate our third-floor bedroom because a small tsunami of rainwater has washed in from the balcony following heavy rains. This is the first year we’ve been flooded out and my first thought was “climate change.” Indeed, heavier downpours are more likely under a warmer climate. Upon inspection, however, it turns out that the drain that’s meant to stop the balcony from flooding is so small that it was blocked by a few small leaves. A contributing factor was the leaking gutters that poured water from the top floor onto the balcony.
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07 Sep 2011 | Blogs
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local people is making noodles at craft villages

Craft village water pollution

The craft village industry in Viet Nam has witnessed phenomenal growth in the last 10 years, especially in the Red-Thai Binh River Basin, where 60% of craft industries are located. Craft villages make a major contribution to jobs and income. According to the Vietnam Water Sector Review, craft villages employ about 30% of the rural workforce and the average income per capita in craft villages is up to five times higher than in villages devoted to agriculture.
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17 Feb 2011 | News story


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