A peacock made of used papers by the students of Nhon Ly Secondary School, Binh Dinh Province

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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Wildlife census, Kaziranga NP, India

Protected area management: Vietnam vs India

In 2011, an independent evaluation of 10 years of international support to Cat Tien National Park documented the failure to convert high levels of technical and financial support into effective protected area management. This failure was starkly revealed by the killing of the last Javan rhino in Cat Tien, and the extinction of the sub-species, in April 2010. If millions of dollars can’t “buy” improved protected area management in Vietnam, a country with 10% of the world’s vertebrate fauna on 1% of its land area, what can? This is an important question because a similar outcome has been observed in neighboring Laos and Cambodia where significant foreign support has not resulted in reduced threats to globally threatened wildlife.   …   | Vietnamese

18 Sep 2012 | Article
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Report "The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Indo-Burma"

The status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in Indo-Burma

The United Nations World Charter for Nature (1982) states that “every form of life is unique, warranting respect regardless of it’s worth to man, and, to accord other organisms such recognition, man must be guided by a moral code of action.” It also states that “…man must acquire the knowledge to maintain and enhance his ability to use natural resources in a manner which ensures the preservation of the species and ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations.” Most will recognize that, in the context of development planning, we now rarely respect nature, and we lack sufficient knowledge of biodiversity to inform decision making processes. This is certainly the case in the Indo-Burma region which is recognized as a global hotspot of biodiversity and has long been noted for the exceptionally high diversity of species within its inland waters.
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13 Sep 2012 | Article
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Brotia armata, a species  from central Thailand

Freshwater species in Indo-Burma region under threat

An assessment of 2,515 described freshwater species in the Indo-Burma region by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and partners has revealed that 13% of these species are threatened with extinction. The report comes at a time when large scale hydrological development is underway, or is proposed, throughout this region which is known for its exceptionally high diversity of freshwater species. …  

22 Aug 2012 | Media advisory

Sign requesting visitors to dispose of their trash in the approved place, Nha Trang Bay

Please dispose of your trash…

“Please dispose of your trash in the approved place” the sign said, neatly summarizing many of the problems with environmental management in Vietnam. First, what and where is the “approved place”? No information is provided. Second, there were no trash cans for people to use. And third, no one present was responsible for making sure that trash was disposed of properly. The sign, which provides vague guidance, no practical support, and no enforcement, encapsulates the problems facing environmental management in Viet Nam. The steep slope that ran down to the sea was, of course, covered with trash.   …   | Vietnamese

16 Aug 2012 | Article
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Bornean Orang-utan

IUCN invests in rainforest rehabilitation to offset Congress footprint

To help compensate for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the 2012 World Conservation Congress in Jeju, IUCN has selected a credible, sustainable project for effective offsetting. The project is Infapro, by Face the Future, and is based on improved forest management in Borneo. …  

03 Aug 2012 | News story

A secondary student in Co To island happy with his marine turtle picture during drawing competition

Co To Island—No Plastic Bags by 2014?

Co To is an island located 80 km off Vietnam in the Gulf Of Tonkin. On July 12, 2012, after a 2-hour boat ride from Cai Rong, we arrived at the beautiful island of Co To. When we visited two years ago, our first impression was of a mound of rubbish. Now, however, the rubbish is mostly gone. …   | Vietnamese

02 Aug 2012 | News story
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A boy striving to escape from the flood in Mekong Delta

A story of unintended consequences: lessons for the Mekong Delta

At a meeting of foreign ministers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 13, 2012, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated: "I'll be very honest with you. We made a lot of mistakes. We've learned some hard lessons about what happens when you make certain infrastructure decisions and I think that we all can contribute to helping the nations of the Mekong region avoid the mistakes that we and others made." …  

02 Aug 2012 | Article
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Friends of the Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh, 12 July 2012.

MWD considers local and international communities' concerns over Xayaburi dam

Today, nobody can deny the contribution of the Mekong River to the livelihoods of more than 60 million people and the abundance of natural resources of its basin. …  

01 Aug 2012 | Article
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MWD Team Meeting in Inlay Lake, Myanmar, 18-22 June 2012

MWD team reviewed the work progress in 2012

In June, MWD Team got together in Inlay Lake, Myanmar, to review MWD project implementation during the first half of 2012 and agree on the plan of activities for the rest of the year. From January to June 2012, several MWD activities were undertaken in Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam.  

31 Jul 2012 | Article
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Market selling illegal marine turtle products, Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam

Marine turtle poachers, traders, and buyers: what can be done?

When I was asked if I wanted to join a training workshop on marine turtle conservation in Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh, I eagerly agreed. The next day we left behind the fog and chaos of Hanoi for Central Vietnam where we went to train volunteers, government staff, and the border military on marine turtle conservation. This was how I got to learn about the predicament of Vietnam’s marine turtles. …   | Vietnamese

31 Jul 2012 | Article
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