Conservation Today — eNewsletter of the Viet Nam Country Office

July - September 2009



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Teenagers model the latest in waste fashion.

Community Competitions to Reduce Waste are a Success

Ever been to a waste fashion show? On July 18 community members in Binh An commune, Thanh My Loi ward, and Phu My town (near HCMC) got to show off some creative outfits at the closing ceremonies of a month-long waste reduction campaign sponsored by IUCN VN and Holcim Vietnam Ltd. (HVL). Some of the fashion stand-outs included a dress covered in recyclable plastic bottles, a skirt made from leaves and other organic material, and a jacket with red crosses, symbolizing medical waste. …   | Vietnamese

18 Aug 2009 | News story
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What else is new ... updates from IUCN Viet Nam


Members from IUCN Vietnam visited the acid soil experiment at  the research center of Can Tho University’s Professor Duong Van Ni.

Wetlands Workshop Identifies The Need For Improved Environmental Guidance

On September 22-23, 2009, 30 scientists and wetlands managers met at Can Tho University in the heart of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. They discussed the state of the wetlands in the delta and proposed policies that would help sustain the vital ecological services provided by wetlands and mitigate the effects of climate change on the region. The participants came from the delta’s leading universities and research centers, government agencies, NGOs, and management boards of wetland protected areas.

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07 Oct 2009 | News story
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The IUCN Vietnam shared information on FLEGT with NGOs in Hanoi.

Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Analysis Identifies Ways to Improve Understanding and Increase Legality

If a tree is cut down illegally, but no one knows the law, did it make a sound? Riddle aside, the IUCN Vietnam is attempting to address that exact problem. In 2008, The European Union created a FLEGT action plan as a way to cut down on illegal logging. However, in Vietnam, there is a lack of understanding and awareness of the FLEGT action plan. The IUCN Vietnam has been working hard to raise awareness and increase the legality of FLEGT. …  

29 Sep 2009 | News story
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Some members of the IUCN Vietnam staff enjoy drinks at a farewell party.

Staff News

The recently restructured IUCN Vietnam is entering a new period of productivity. As the amount of staff has been streamlined, each member has taken on more responsibility.


29 Sep 2009 | News story
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What we are up to ... our upcoming events


FLEGT (Forest, Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade) training workshop

  • 8-10 October in Hoa Binh

Objective: To familiarize Vietnamese government officials with the market trends that could significantly restrict Vietnam’s wooden furniture export industry, giving them the understanding they need to help the wooden furniture industry introduce the necessary reforms and innovations.

IUCN training program on EIA and Biodiversity Conservation

  • 20-21 October in Hon Chong, Kien Giang Province

Objective: To integrate conservation elements into provincial planning through raising awareness and capacity of local stakeholders on conservation and environmental protection. This will, in turn, contribute to the protection of the Kien Giang karst landscape.



Food for thought ... new releases


Working With IUCN...Unique Perspective


Alison visiting IUCN projects in the field.

Bringing Together Communication and Conservation: A Journalist at IUCN Vietnam

IUCN Viet Nam has been building its communications program over the past several years by launching a web site, issuing increasing numbers of reports and information sheets, and reaching out to the media and other partners in conservation. I was honored to become a part of that process when I joined the IUCN VN office as a communications officer with funding from the Princeton in Asia program in the United States.  

25 Sep 2009 | News story
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