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Conservation Today — eNewsletter of the Viet Nam Country Office

January - March 2009

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Mr. Vo Van Mai, chairman of the management board of HIPT Group

Businesses Push Ahead Council for Sustainable Development

Representatives from leading Vietnamese enterprises agreed to move forward with the IUCN-supported Viet Nam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) at a stakeholder consultation meeting on Feb. 24, 2009. …  

25 Feb 2009 | News story
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What else is new ... updates from IUCN Viet Nam


Presenters led National Assembly members in a discussion on climate change adaptation

IUCN’s Climate Workshops Spur Action on the Issue

As part of its awareness-raising agenda, IUCN VN organized and facilitated three workshops in early 2009 to educate and encourage idea sharing about climate change mitigation and adaptation in Viet Nam. …   | Vietnamese

23 Mar 2009 | News story
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Experts worked collaboratively to devise the Ha Long Bay GRP.

Oil Spill Geographic Response Plan Developed for Quang Ninh and Hai Phong

Fifty-five sea administrators and experts on environmental resource management, and on marine commerce and access issues convened at an IUCN-supported training workshop in Ha Long Bay 9 -13 March to develop a geographic response plan to oil spill risks for the sea and coastal areas bordering Quang Ninh and Hai Phong. …   | Vietnamese

19 Mar 2009 | News story
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Participants looked for lessons to take home from a site visit to Halong Bay.

Asian Public Authorities Trained in Environmental Governance

Environmental managers throughout Southeast and East Asia face similar challenges, and during the week of 9-12 March, they convened at an IUCN VN-supported course in Hanoi to share ideas for sustainable solutions …   | Vietnamese

09 Mar 2009 | News story
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Facilitators solicited stakeholder comments at a meeting to revise the draft WFE preparatory framework.

IUCN-Supported Framework to Facilitate Water for Food and Ecosystems Strategy

Stakeholders provided their final comments at a 19 January 2009 workshop to revise an IUCN-supported draft framework that seeks to integrate Viet Nam’s two largest water users: ecosystems and agriculture. …  

20 Jan 2009 | News story

Workshop participants toured wetlands to consider WFE governance options.

Stakeholder Feedback to Shape Water for Food and Ecosystems Framework

Water stakeholders convened at an IUCN-MARD-organised workshop in Hue from 12-13 December to discuss a draft water management framework meant to foster multi-sectoral collaboration at national and local levels. …  

05 Jan 2009 | News story

Mr Luong Quang Huy

Staff News

IUCN Viet Nam has just completed an internal restructuring to streamline its work under its Strategic Framework 2007-2010. …  

03 Apr 2009 | News story

What we are up to ... our upcoming events

 National consultation workshop on Draft Biodiversity Decree

• 16 April 2009 in Hanoi

Objective: To enlist expert feedback to finalize the draft decree

Launch of the Viet Nam Business Council for Sustainable Development

• Before June 2009

Objective: To create a forum for businesses in Viet Nam to share experiences and best practices and to pilot projects on sustainable development and climate change issues

Training workshop on FLEGT

• First week of May, location TBD

Objective: To educate national- and local-level government officials on international timber trade regulations

National workshop on lessons learned in community forest management

• Late May or early June in Hanoi

Objective: To facilitate idea-sharing among government and civil society experts on best practices in community forest management

Food for thought ... new releases


Working with IUCN: Unique Perspective


Samitha and a coworker at Ba Be National Park in northern Vietnam.

Building Biodiversity with IUCN

I joined the IUCN Viet Nam office on the Volunteering for International Development Australia programme at a busy and exciting time. My first week coincided with the 2008 Asian Wetlands Symposium, which was hosted by the Viet Nam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), with core support from IUCN. …  

07 Apr 2009 | News story
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