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Head of conservation group at the community center in Pred Nai

Mangrove conservation in Thailand: a mini revolution

In September, we took 10 government officials and three farmers from Ca Mau Province to sites along the eastern Gulf of Thailand to see examples of integrated mangrove-shrimp farming and mangrove conservation. After three days on the road, their overriding impression was that in Vietnam the government both regulates and assists farmers much more than in Thailand. …  

15 Oct 2014 | Article
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Village tiger response team in Bangladesh

Tiger conservation programme launches call for proposals

Today, IUCN’s Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) is launching a call for field-based projects for tiger conservation. Nine tiger range countries are eligible for funding under this programme and multidisciplinary projects delivered by collaborative partnerships are encouraged. The five-year programme is funded by the German government through the KfW Development Bank. …  

15 Oct 2014 | Article

Communication skills training in Can Gio

The Building Coastal Resilience project update from Viet Nam

As part of the EU-funded project, Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Southeast Asia (BCR), the provinces Soc Trang, Kien Giang, Ben Tre and Can Gio District in Viet Nam have been selected to strengthen capacity and pilot adaptation activities for reducing climate change vulnerabilities. In Viet Nam, the BCR project partners with the Viet Nam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation).
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10 Oct 2014 | Article

A participant talking with IUCN GIS specialist

Hydrodiplomacy training: more exciting than it sounds

Spending two days learning about international water law sounds like cruel and unusual punishment. But the training course on hydrodiplomacy that IUCN and the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) organized in Hanoi on September 18-19 turned out to be unusually stimulating. …   | Vietnamese

06 Oct 2014 | Article
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Mekong film screening and panel discussion

Mekong film screening and panel discussion

How can two seemingly opposite demands - sustainable development of a region and the rising demands for energy and economic growth - be met?
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29 Sep 2014 | Event

Trash collecting boat of Ha Long Bay Management Board

Business speaks on the barriers to cleaning up Ha Long Bay

At a meeting in Hanoi in July 2014, organized by IUCN as part of the USAID-funded Ha Long Bay Alliance (HLBA), 14 cruise boat companies operating in Ha Long Bay discussed the difficulty of deciding whether or not to install expensive new waste water treatment systems on their boats at a time when government policy can change unpredictably. …   | Vietnamese

24 Sep 2014 | Article
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Organic Shrimp Farming in Ca Mau: a new film

With funding from International Climate Initiative (IKI), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), IUCN and SNV are working in Ca Mau with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Nhung Mien Forest Management Board, and Minh Phu, one of the world’s largest seafood exporters, to support farmer participation in a certified organic shrimp program that links a 10% price premium to the maintenance of 50% mangrove cover in each farm. It’s a form of international PES, with shrimp farmers as the sellers and consumers in the US, EU, and Japan as the buyers of the environmental services that a healthy mangrove forest provides. Over 700 farmers are currently enrolled and we hope to enroll another 600 this year. To see a short video and a trailer of the project, click below.   …   | Vietnamese

08 Sep 2014 | Article
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Bhaya representative speaking at the meeting

Cruise boats in Ha Long Bay: what do the businesses say?

The majestic limestone pillars rising out of the green waters of Ha Long Bay form one of Vietnam’s iconic landscapes and its greatest tourist attraction. Every day, hundreds of cruise boats shepherd thousands of visitors among the islands, cave systems, and small beaches that make up the bay. Threatening Ha Long Bay and its important tourism industry, however, is the growing problem of water pollution. …   | Vietnamese

04 Sep 2014 | Article
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Journalist asking questions at the film screening

Journalists react to two films on the Mekong?

Hydropower is considered a source of clean renewable energy. This has led to an explosion of dam construction in the Mekong region. But the costs are becoming increasingly clear, particularly in Thailand and Vietnam, which have by far the largest number of dams. Downstream, dike and canal construction in the Mekong Delta has helped Vietnam become the world’s second largest rice exporter. But as with dams, the costs of this narrow-minded approach have become apparent. …   | Vietnamese

03 Sep 2014 | Article
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Mr. P’ Sanae, Chairman of Pakklong Ao Ra Wa Community Conservation, sharing with Viet Nam team

Thai fishing communities get organized

“If we don’t protect nature, no one will do it. Then we’ll have to suffer,” said P’ Sanae, Chairman of Pakklong Ao Ra Wa Community Conservation during a study tour by Vietnamese provincial government officials and villagers to Trat and Chanthaburi Provinces in Thailand. The tour was organized in late February/early March 2014 by IUCN as part of its EU-funded Building Coastal Resilience to Climate Change in Coastal Southeast Asia (BCR) Project. …   | Vietnamese

25 Aug 2014 | Article
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