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A sand dune area was exploited for constructing shrimp ponds in Thanh Hai Commune, Ben Tre Province

Towards coastal resilience: Addressing climate change impacts in Ben Tre Province

Mangroves and Climate Change (MCC), a program under Mangroves for the Future (MFF), is focused on building resilience to climate change, decreasing vulnerability to disasters, and improving livelihoods. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has coordinated the program in Vietnam since 2013, with the financial support of Danida, Sida and Norad. Within the framework of MFF, a Small Grant Facility (SGF) has been established to support coastal provinces in Viet Nam to develop coastal resilience models addressing climate change impacts. The purpose of these pilot projects is to protect coastal ecosystems, most notably through the sustainable use and management of mangroves. …   | Vietnamese

21 Apr 2015 | News story
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Forest Connect members meeting with forest planting group in Yen Bai Province

Beyond grouping: toward sustainable forest and farmer enterprises

By 2013, as part of a long-term national program to "socialize" forest management, 3.4 million hectares of forest had been allocated to more than 1.4 million smallholders. However, nearly 50% of these households have no more than 1 hectare of forest, which limits their ability to achieve economies of scale in, and increase income from timber production. Organizing smallholders into forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs) and promoting cooperatives is therefore considered a precondition to increasing the productivity of the forestry sector and reducing poverty.   …  

16 Mar 2015 | Article
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Cham Islands, Hoi An, Vietnam

Vietnam beauty spot learns to tame the beast

As the Vietnamese city of Hoi An boldly declared its vision to become an eco-city by 2030, locals - who have long feared for the future of nearby Cham Islands Marine Protected Area (MPA) - breathed a huge sigh of relief secure in the knowledge that every effort would be made to preserve this paradise which has been threatened by overfishing, climate change and extreme weather for many years. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

Women bike on the way back home after collecting aquatic resources in Xuan Thuy National Park.

Empowering women: a win for the environment and humanity

Closing the gender gap in the environmental arena will lead to huge gains in conservation, biodiversity, and in addressing climate change. …  

09 Mar 2015 | Article

Journalists filming in Ha Long Bay

Public-Private Partnerships for environmental protection: role of the media

Quang Ninh is one of Vietnam’s most environmentally notable and richest provinces. Home to the famous Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site, the area welcomes thousands of visitors each day. With growing environmental impact from mass tourism and surrounding industries, however, the need for cooperation between the private and public sectors is increasingly apparent. …  

27 Feb 2015 | Article
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Asia Review 2013-2014

IUCN in Asia: delivering change through partnerships

IUCN Asia Review 2013-2014 is now available for download. In this issue we focus on the many partnerships we embarked on in the past two years, working together for people and nature in order to deliver positive change for the environment. …  

23 Feb 2015 | Article

Wild Life in Viet Nam: a Red-shanked Douc (listed as Endangered) found in Sơn Trà, Da Nang, Viet Nam.

Giving nature a voice: boosting conservation with communications

A grant administered by IUCN and CEPF is boosting conservation efforts in Viet Nam with a public awareness project.   | Vietnamese

19 Feb 2015 | Article

Participants at the launch workshop

Water pollution in Ha Long Bay: the challenge

Every day, 5,500 tourists on average take cruises through the spectacular landscape of Ha Long Bay. Rising from the sparkling green waters, steep, densely forested karst hills never fail to impress. These days, however, the waters aren’t so sparkling and visitors are becoming less inclined to revisit an area plagued by pollution. In response, IUCN and Marine Conservation and Development (MCD), a local NGO and IUCN member, have established the Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance (HLCBA), a partnership of government, business, and grassroots organizations. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Alliance supports multi-stakeholder initiatives and innovative governance arrangements to improve water quality in Ha Long and Cat Ba.   …   | Vietnamese

29 Jan 2015 | Article
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Tran Van Van and other farmers collecting shrimps in the shrimp pond

VIETGAP: better livelihoods and a clearer environment

Tran Van Van, his wife Nguyen Thi Hong, and their two children live in Kim Trung Commune, Ninh Binh Province where they farm white leg shrimp in 3.5 hectares of pond. Two years ago, after frequent disease outbreaks, they defaulted on a 16 million dong (US$750) loan from the Women's Union. Van went to China to work on a sugar cane plantation but couldn't make enough money to support his family and had to go home. He returned with no clear idea of how to make a living for his family. …  

20 Jan 2015 | Article
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IUCN World Heritage Panel, December 2014

IUCN World Heritage Panel meets to discuss proposed new listings for 2015

The IUCN World Heritage Panel met in December to examine the nominations submitted for possible World Heritage listing in 2015. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will convene in June and IUCN will provide its recommendations on natural sites.  …  

19 Jan 2015 | News story