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An FCZ training teaching villagers how to measure the size of fishes.

IUCN and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund award milestone 100th grant ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), an innovative grant making mechanism that aims to protect Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas, has awarded its 100th Indo-Burma grant ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity. IUCN is leading the second phase (2013-2018) of CEPF’s funding work in the Indo-Burma region, working together with the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, and the Myanmar Environment Rehabilitation-Conservation Network to form the CEPF Regional Implementation team (RIT). CEPF Indo-Burma II is a US$ 10.4 million, five-year investment, for the conservation of biodiversity in Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. …  

22 May 2016 | Article

Rangers in Hon Cau MPA

Improving management of Vietnam's Marine Protected Area network: first steps

In 2010, the Prime Minister of Vietnam approved a plan that would establish 16 marine protected areas (MPAs). Nine of these important areas have been established so far but local conditions and the quality of management vary enormously.   …  

09 May 2016 | Article
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Dr. Phan Thanh Hai and Mrs. Hoang Thi Hau, Director of Thanh Xuan Organic Vegetable Cooperative shared experience in cooperative management at the training

Challenges of benefit sharing in Vietnam: equality vs. equity

When I first heard about the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), a partnership between FAO, IIED, and IUCN to strengthen forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs), one question arose in my mind: Will history repeat itself?   …  

25 Apr 2016 | Article
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Local fisherwomen enjoyed getting free purified water from EKOCENTER

How IUCN and partners are helping resettled fishing communities?

“Since moving inland, I have had to travel by bike to Ha Long market to earn my living. It is very difficult for me!” Ms. Nguyen Thi Binh is a 55-year-old villager who was born in one of Ha Long Bay's famous floating villages. She now lives in Ha Phong Ward, a recently established resettlement area. …   | Vietnamese

14 Apr 2016 | Article
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Organic shrimp production in Minh Phu Seafood Corporation

Mangroves & Markets final workshop: results and lessons learned

For the past three years, IUCN and SNV Netherlands Development Organization have been implementing Mangroves & Markets, a project financed by BMUB, the German Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Building, and Nuclear Safety, to support mangrove conservation in Ca Mau through the expansion of certified organic shrimp farming that links a premium payment to maintaining 50% mangrove cover. …   | Vietnamese

05 Apr 2016 | News story
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Local villagers with free clean drinking water provided by EKOCENTER

What's an EKOCENTER and what does it do?

For over 10 years, IUCN reported concerns to UNESCO regarding the environmental impacts of floating communities that had taken up residence in the core zone of the Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site. In 2013, the Quang Ninh provincial government relocated several hundred of these fishing families out of the WHS to Ha Phong, a 20 minute drive from Ha Long City. …   | Vietnamese

04 Apr 2016 | News story
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Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) in Van Long Nature Reserve

The IUCN Green List – A new standard for conservation success

Hanoi – IUCN's pioneering Green List edged closer to being fully set in motion in the Asia region last week with an inception workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the new global standard for protected and conserved areas will soon enter an important implementation phase. …  

23 Mar 2016 | Article
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Local farmers transporting waste water treatment tanks

"Hello" toilets, shrimp, and livelihoods in Ca Mau Province

Over the past 20 years, farmers of the Mekong Delta have made use of pond toilets that discharge waste directly into canals and rivers near their farms. Every morning, the local people on their way to the market by boat greet their neighbours in these toilets. That is why they are jokingly called “Hello” toilets. …   | Vietnamese

10 Mar 2016 | News story
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Surakit Laeaddee and his worker hold up a shrimp net at his shrimp farm in Leam Fa Pha, Thailand, January 26, 2016.

Asia shrimp farmers restock mangrove "supermarket" by going organic

A recent article published by Thomson Reuters Foundation highlights how the introduction of organic shrimp production in Thailand thanks to the Mangroves and Markets project is stemming mangrove degradation and protecting delicate ecosystems.  The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).  An excerpt from the article can be found below, including a link to the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website.  

01 Feb 2016 | Article

Mr. Nguyen Dinh Hai - head of sawmill - exchanging experience with international experts of FFF programme

From information exchange to a jointly owned sawmill: story of an acacia group in Yen Bai Province

The acacia growers group in Lem Village, Phu Thinh Commune, Yen Binh District, headed by Mr. Nguyen Dinh Hai, illustrates the different stages of development of a typical forest and farm producer organization (FFPO) in Vietnam and is an example of how the Forest and Farm Facility Initiative (FFF) assists entrepreneurs. …   | Vietnamese

28 Jan 2016 | Article
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