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Conservation Today — eNewsletter of the Viet Nam Country Office

April - June 2009

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Volunteers clean up their community to kick off the waste management summer campaign

Waste Management Highlighted in IUCN, Holcim Summer Campaign

Communities are not often encouraged to talk trash, but at the June 5-6 launch ceremonies sponsored by IUCN VN and Holcim Vietnam Ltd. (HVL), that is exactly what they did. …   | Vietnamese

17 Jun 2009 | News story
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What else is new ... updates from IUCN Viet Nam


An award winner receives accolades for his bright ideas on conserving Viet Nam’s environment

Awards Bring Public into Discussion on the Environment

Every year thousands of Viet Nam’s people take their turn at tackling some of the nation’s most pressing conservation issues, as part of the “Environment and Development” competition sponsored by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Voice of Viet Nam (VOV) and IUCN VN. …   | Vietnamese

01 Jul 2009 | News story
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MFF projects invest in storm-mitigating mangrove forests, as well as other coastal ecosystems.

Viet Nam Readies for Full Mangroves for the Future Membership

Viet Nam is preparing to enter Mangroves for the Future (MFF) – an IUCN initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems – and at a June 10 meeting, national coastal area experts and decision makers began planning a structure for the program here. …   | Vietnamese

16 Jun 2009 | News story
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New policies could help local vendors reap more sustainable benefits from the forest

IUCN Researches Policies to Promote Sustainable Forest Livelihoods

IUCN-supported researchers discussed ways to identify policy solutions to forest management and market access challenges facing poor, rural communities dwelling in and around Bac Kan province’s forested areas at an April 23 workshop. …   | Vietnamese

20 May 2009 | News story
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Participants discussed the ICM agreement to streamline management of their shared coastal area

IUCN Supports Integrated Coastal Management in the Gulf of Tonkin

The coastal areas of Quang Ninh province and Hai Phong city face many similar issues, and on April 21 the Provincial People’s Committees (PPC) of the two jurisdictions formally agreed to coordinate their development and conservation planning.  …   | Vietnamese

18 May 2009 | News story
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Forest, Viet Nam

Safe Passage for Species: Feedback moves IUCN-supported Draft Biodiversity Corridors Decree into finalization stage

Stakeholders from central and local government agencies and civil society organizations provided comments on Viet Nam’s draft Biodiversity Corridors Decree at an IUCN-supported national workshop on 16 March intended to gather input for use in the document’s final revisions. The Decree will be issued under a new Biodiversity Law, which the National Assembly adopted in November to take effect on July 1, 2009. …   | Vietnamese

18 May 2009 | Media advisory
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Jonathan DeLuca and Anna Brittain

Staff News

IUCN Viet Nam has continued its streamlined work under its new organizational structure, in which all program staff reports to one of two units: Governance & Business or Environmental Change & Ecosystems. …  

02 Jul 2009 | News story
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What we are up to ... our upcoming events

Sida Evaluation

  • 7-15 July in Hanoi

Objective: To gather stakeholders who partnered on projects with IUCN VN under the office’s four-year country programme support agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The meeting will allow Sida to evaluate IUCN’s work under the agreement and look for further opportunities for collaboration.

FLEGT Briefing Session

  • 15 July in Hanoi

Objective: To provide background information on FLEGT and IUCN’s SVBC project to local NGO and private sector representatives, and to look for opportunities for future work on the issue of legal timber trade.

IUCN/Holcim Vietnam “Waste Management & Environmental Protection” summer campaign closing events

  • 12-19 August in Holcim’s four sites: Kien Giang, Vung Tau, and two in Ho Chi Minh City

Objective: To stimulate public awareness and participation in waste collection, classification, and recycling in the Holcim Vietnam Ltd.’s four operational sites.

World Water Week

  • 16-22 August in Stockholm, Sweden

Objective: Sida will support two IUCN VN staff members to attend World Water Week to continue building strong working partnerships between the two offices.

FLEGT workshop for the private sector and provincial and other authorities

  • August

Objective: To educate participants on the effect FLEGT and other timber legality regulations will have on Viet Nam’s timber markets and strategies for responding to the new legal climate.

Food for thought ... new releases


Working with IUCN: Unique Perspective


Tim in the mountains of Ha Giang, Viet Nam

Forest Conservation from the Office to the Field with IUCN VN

I joined the IUCN Viet Nam office on a Canadian government-funded programme through the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a not-for-profit that partners with more than 200 organisations worldwide to advance the mission of mitigating climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation. …  

02 Jul 2009 | News story
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