Youth union members planting mangroves in Gio Viet Commune, Quang Tri Province

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Public Hearings Thai Style

In November 2013, with funding from the Finnish government-financed Mekong Water Dialogues, IUCN lead a team from the Mekong Delta to Thailand to observe a public hearing organised by local NGOs on an expensive and controversial flood prevention plan that the Thai government has developed after the devastating floods of 2011. The US$12 billion plan proposes the construction of dams, dikes, and water diversions schemes. Very little is earmarked for “soft” approaches such as restoring floodplains to increase floodwater retention capacity, despite that fact that climate change models indicate more intense rainfall events. …   | Vietnamese

17 Jan 2014 | Article
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Journalists interviewing local people at Nhung Mien, Nam Can District, Ca Mau Province

Journalist training: a case of ADD?

We all know kids who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them, or who blurt out inappropriate comments at inappropriate times. There’s actually a technical term for this: ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder. ADD isn’t a disease; it’s a condition that many children experience at some point. …   | Vietnamese

13 Dec 2013 | Article
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Shrimp mangrove polyculture in Bac Lieu Province

Shrimp farming: a case study from Bac Lieu

In Vietnam, shrimp farming is a multi-billion dollar a year export business. But the term encompasses a wide range of farming practices from highly intensive to semi-natural. As sea levels rise and storms intensify, there is an argument that coastal areas in the Mekong Delta should move to a more natural state in which integrated mangrove-shrimp farming is the dominant land use. But that means addressing the polluted water that intensive farms often discharge into integrated mangrove farms. These two farming systems exist side by side. On a recent visit to Bac Lieu, we interviewed integrated mangrove farmers about their business model and the environmental impacts of the nearby intensive farms. To read an article about what we learned, please go to project website "Management of Natural Resources in the Coastal Zone of Soc Trang Province". …  

05 Dec 2013 | Article
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Shrimp mangrove polyculture in Ba Tri Disctrict, Ben Tre Province

Mangroves for the Future Vietnam - Small Grant Facility Call for Proposals

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is pleased to announce the next round of a Small Grant Facility (SGF) in the coastal districts of Ben Tre and Tra Vinh Provinces. MFF is a partnership-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems (http://mangrovesforthefuture.org). The SGF supports local community action for the conservation and management of coastal ecosystems with the objective to realize the potential of mangroves and other coastal vegetation for climate change adaptation and mitigation. …  

30 Nov 2013 | Jobs - call for proposals
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Organic shrimps collected by farmers at Nhung Mien, Ca Mau Province

Not seeing the mangrove forest for the trees?

There are a number of experiments going on around the world that provide incentives to people to protect forests, from the global REDD+ program to numerous national programs. At the same time, there are growing doubts about the effectiveness of some of these approaches, including their long-term sustainability.
A new project in Viet Nam, however, holds promise for protecting mangrove forests without directly focusing on the trees. The goal of the project is to help local shrimp farming systems become more profitable by combining them with mangrove forest protection—boosting both profitability and sustainability, while also increasing coastal resilience to climate change. …   | Vietnamese

11 Nov 2013 | Article
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Flooding in Mekong Delta

Film Screening Science Film Festival 2013: Mekong

On occasion of the Science Film Festival 2013, the Goethe-Institute will host a screening of the film “Mekong”. The film follows the efforts of students and scientists from the delta's CanTho University as they develop a resilience strategy for the challenges facing the delta over the next hundred years.   …   | Vietnamese

31 Oct 2013 | News story
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The Second Coastal Forum  - Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Southeast Asia, Soc Trang Province, 15-18 October 2013

Coastal Forum confirms nature-based solution a key for climate change adaptation

Soc Trang, Viet Nam, 15 October 2013 - More than 200 delegates representing local communities, government agencies, academics, NGOs and media from Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam gathered together at the Second Annual Coastal Forum from 15-18 October in Soc Trang Province, Viet Nam, to share experiences, lessons learned and good practices for climate change adaptation in the coastal zone, highlighting nature-based solutions.   …  

15 Oct 2013 | News story
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Mekong: Viet Nam - the Delta film screening and panel discussion at FCCT

Mekong Delta in the Crossfire of Change

A new documentary film highlights the fragility of the Mekong Delta in the face of triple threats from rapid development, climate change and hydropower development. …  

10 Oct 2013 | News story
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Bau Sau Lake, Cat Tien National Park, Viet Nam

Two dams stopped after IUCN advises against World Heritage nomination

Viet Nam has dropped plans for two proposed hydropower plants that would have affected a protected area, which has been on the tentative list for possible World Heritage nomination since 2006. …  

09 Oct 2013 | News story

Participants attending MDP consultation meeting

Mekong Development Plan: the value of public participation

In 2010, the Prime Ministers of Vietnam and the Netherlands agreed to support the preparation of the Mekong Delta Plan (MDP), a 100-year vision for the Mekong Delta, an area of very high natural productivity that is vulnerable to rising sea level downstream, dams and water abstraction upstream, and dikes, sluice gates, and other water resources management infrastructure within the delta itself. …   | Vietnamese

30 Sep 2013 | Article
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