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Conservation Today — eNewsletter of the Viet Nam Country Office

March 2008 Issue

Conservation Today is a way to update our members, partners, and other stakeholders about environmental activities in which the IUCN Viet Nam Country Office is involved. To learn more, please visit

Top news story

Transporting timber logged from a forest located on the border with Laos.

IUCN Briefs High Level Government Officials about FLEGT

IUCN coordinated a briefing session for high-ranking government officials on March 17, 2008 to raise awareness about the principles of the European Union’s (EU) Forest Law Enforcement Governance Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan. FLEGT is an initiative of the EU to curb illegal logging and foster sustainable forest management through trade mechanisms. …   | Vietnamese

25 Mar 2008 | News story

What else is new ... updates from IUCN Viet Nam

Drama performance about sea turtle conservation by trainees

Sea Turtle Conservation: Building Awareness and Knowledge for Local Communities

A training workshop about implementing an extra-curricular lesson series, “Protecting Sea Turtles and their Habitat” was conducted in mid-March for more than 30 junior high school teachers in the two coastal communes of Hai An and Trieu Lang in Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

The IUCN team conducts a multi-stakeholder consultation to develop the integrated karst landscape management plan for Hon Chong area of Kien Giang province in the Mekong Delta.

Sustainable Development: IUCN Assists Holcim to Conserve Biodiversity

Holcim Viet Nam, an affiliate of a world-leading building materials supplier, Holcim Group and IUCN Viet Nam signed a five-year agreement on February 15, 2008. …  

15 Feb 2008 | News story

Public awareness raising on climate change is essential for the implementation of Viet Nam’s adaptation and mitigation activities.

Raising Awareness about Climate Change: IUCN Teams up with MONRE and VOV

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Voice of Viet Nam (VOV) and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources launched a national competition on the topic of “Climate Change and Environment-Friendly Behaviours” on March 4, 2008. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

Participants to the Forest Protection and Development Law training workshop

Strengthening Law Enforcement for Biodiversity: Local Watch-dog Capacity Improved

A training workshop on Forest Protection and Development Law implementation was held from 27 to 28 February in Lam Dong Province for local judges, prosecutors, environmental inspectors, forest rangers, and environmental policemen. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

Van Long Wetlands, Viet Nam

MONRE and IUCN Celebrate World Wetlands Day 2008

Viet Nam celebrated World Wetlands Day in Van Long Wetlands, Ninh Binh Province on February 22 and 23. This year’s theme was “Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People”. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

Team work during the PES training needs assessment.

Payment for Ecosystem Services: Training Needs Gauged for Local Government

'Payments for Ecosystem Services' (PES) is a relatively new concept internationally and in Viet Nam. To support the use of PES for biodiversity conservation, training on PES is needed for relevant government staff at all levels. …  

24 Mar 2008 | News story

IUCN logo

Now, We are Simply Known as IUCN

As of March 10, 2008, we will be referred to simply as IUCN. If you need to explain, it stands for the International Union for Conservation of Nature. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

Asian Wetland Symposium

Asian Wetland Symposium 2008: Showcasing Viet Nam’s Wetlands

From June 22 to 25, 2008 scientists, practitioners, and students will gather in Ha Noi to attend the fourth Asian Wetlands Symposium (AWS). The Ministry of Environment of the Government of Vietnam,  IUCN Viet Nam and The Ramsar Centre, Japan are co-hosting the symposium. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

Mr Luong Quang Huy

Staff News

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Luong Quang Huy to the IUCN family. He has been working with IUCN Viet Nam since mid March as the Climate Change Programme Manager. Huy can be contacted at 

25 Mar 2008 | News story

What we are up to ... our upcoming events

4th Global Conference on Ocean, Coast, and Islands and related workshops

Objective: Advance ecosystem management and integrated coastal and ocean management in the context of climate change

Topic of the three pre-conference workshops coordinated by IUCN:
1. International waters and payment for ecosystem services
2. Viet Nam’s Marine Protected Areas
3. Eco-system based fisheries

Date: April 3-11, 2008
Venue: Ha Noi

National roundtable meeting on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance, and Trade (FLEG-T)

Objective: IUCN Viet Nam supports the meeting to prepare national delegates to participate in the Asia Pacific Forestry Week, and raise awareness of FLEG-T issues in Viet Nam.

The meeting aims to share information with various stakeholders in Viet Nam about changing trade and market trends that are relevant to the Viet Nam timber industry, and possible responses to these trends.

Date: April 18, 2008

Venue: Ha Noi

Participants:  Relevant government representatives, private timber sector, and civil society organizations

IUCN and the Asia Pacific Forestry Week (APFW)

Objective: APFW will provide a unique opportunity for diverse stakeholders and forest managers to share perspectives and seek solutions to the most challenging issues facing forests and forestry today.

Date: April 21-25, 2008

Venue: Ha Noi, National Convention Centre

IUCN’s Participation:  During the APFW Information Market scheduled for April 22, IUCN will release a booklet on Payment for Ecosystem Services in Viet Nam in partnership with ICRAF. Additionally, IUCN will present information posters on four of its forest projects; ARBCP, LLS, SVBC, and the Forest Conservation Programme.

IUCN Viet Nam staff will participate in APFW activities throughout the week. 

Food for thought ... our new releases

Working with IUCN: Unique Perspective

Ashley (third right) explored local situation on Cat Ba island during a field visit

Ashley Brooks: My time at IUCN

In May 2005, I returned to Viet Nam to undertake postgraduate research with the University of Queensland in an area that had been of interest to me for quite some time – the effectiveness of conservation projects on Cat Ba Island . …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story