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A group of villagers from Mekong River provinces protests in front of the headquarters of Ch Karnchang, the Thai company contracted to build the controversial hydroelectric Xayaburi dam in Laos.

After Xayaburi, it's time for some 'hydro-diplomacy'

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Xayaburi dam in Laos on Nov 7 marked the symbolic end to a long and contentious international campaign to delay the dam's construction until further studies into its potential trans-boundary impacts were complete. …   | Vietnamese

05 Feb 2013 | News story
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Female Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)

Saving Saola from snares

An initiative created by the Saola Working Group of IUCN's Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Greater Mekong Programme has removed and destroyed 26,651 snares from the forests of Viet Nam and Laos that are home to the rare and elusive Saola. …  

25 Jan 2013 | News story

Robert Mather, Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group presented the award to the first place winner, Polen Ly from Cambodia. His winning short film is Gone with the Water.

IUCN presented awards to winners of Goethe-Institut' SEADocs

SEADocs – The Southeast Asian Student Documentary Award is a competition to encourage the art of documentary filmmaking in the region as a platform to engage with pressing social and environmental issues. …  

01 Jan 2013 | Event
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Students voting for "doesn't love hydropower" at HUST

Students face to face with dam development

On November 29-30, 2012, IUCN, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, organized two screenings of a 52-minute documentary on the winners and losers from hydropower development in the Mekong Region. The film was shown at the Vietnam National University (VNU) and Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST). …   | Vietnamese

31 Dec 2012 | News story
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Dr Truong Thi Quoc Khanh - permenant Deputy of the National Assembly’s Commission on Science, Technology, and Environment - presented at the workshop

Problems in enforcing environmental law and ensuring environmental rights for legal aid beneficiaries

Rights of legal aid beneficiaries and environmental rights: Article 34 of Decree No. 7/CP dated 12/1/2007 on guidelines for implementing 2006 Law on legal aid stipulates: poor people, policy supported groups and other marginalized groups are entitled to legal aid services in eight fields, including environmental law. …   | French | Vietnamese

30 Dec 2012 | Article
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HCM Political Academy staff presenting at the Hanoi workshop

Policy barriers to cleaner environment in Viet Nam

Since 2008, IUCN has cooperated with the Vietnam Institute of Human Rights (VIHR), one of 10 or so institutions that make up the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy on a range of environmental governance projects. IUCN’s interest in working with the VIHR lies primarily in the fact that every year it trains 500-700 government officials who need to pass in order to get promoted. In a one party state that regards independent action by non-state actors with suspicion, such cooperation offers the opportunity to broaden the knowledge and (hopefully) change the attitudes of Vietnam’s future leaders. …   | Vietnamese

29 Dec 2012 | Article
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Journalists interviewing water specialist on the field trip

Training journalists in the Mekong Delta

On December 5-7, IUCN Viet Nam organized a media training course the water resources management issues in Mekong Delta for 15 journalists. It was held in Dong Thap Province and included a field trip to Sa Rai Town, Tan Hong District, Dong Thap Province. The course was supported by the IUCN-coordinated Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) and U.N. Democracy Fund (UNDEF). …   | Vietnamese

28 Dec 2012 | Article
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Mekong film screening at Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand

Mekong River Development Needs Greater Transparency

New film “Mekong” explores the dynamics of hyrdropower up and down one of the world’s great rivers and takes a balanced views of sensitive’ topics.  

27 Nov 2012 | News story

Students checking water quality of the lake

Youth leadership training programme on environmental protection and climate change in Viet Nam

Center for Environment and Community Research (CECR) is conducting a training programme for youth leadership on environment protection and climate change in Viet Nam from 24 November 2012 to 1 January 2013. The training programme will be organzied in Soc Son District for 3 days and following by 3 weeks of implementing small scale projects in Ha Noi. The programme is applied to interested students from different universities and colleges in Hanoi. For details of training programme and application requirements, please click HERE This is one of activities under a project "Youth leadership school for environmental protection and climate change in Viet Nam" jointly funded by United States Embassy in Hanoi and The World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Viet Nam through the financial support of United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).
 

29 Oct 2012 | News story
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Holcim Plant in Vietnam

Planning for biodiversity action in Vietnam

In early October, IUCN and Holcim Vietnam co-convened a workshop to review and finalize the Biodiversity Action Plan recommendations for Holcim’s Hon Chong plant in Kien Giang Province, Southern Vietnam. …  

19 Oct 2012 | News story