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IUCN has a long history in Viet Nam since it supported the government in the preparation of the first National Conservation Strategy in 1984. Since then, IUCN has made significant contributions to biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, particularly through the development of laws and policies.

IUCN Viet Nam focuses its work on the following thematic programmes: Business and Biodiversity, Forest ConservationProtected Area and World Heritage, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, Water and Wetlands and Environmental Governance.

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Press Release: Climate change solutions for the coasts of Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam

Around the world coastal communities are struggling to understand what climate change means for them and what they should do about it. While the global discussion about what the world should do about climate change lingers on, for coastal communities the effects are very real and happening now. …  

01 Mar 2012 | Media statement

Mangroves in Lap An Lagoon, Thua-Thien-Hue

Mangroves conservation in Lap An Lagoon, Thua-Thien-Hue

Lap An Lagoon lies in Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District, Thua-Thien-Hue Province. Twenty years ago, the lagoon had about 100 hectares of mangroves. By 2010, there were only five hectares of poor quality mangrove left. This rapid decline was the result of conversion to aquaculture, unsustainable fishing, and road building. The remaining mangroves are now threatened by clearance for a golf course that forms part of the local government’s master plan for the Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone. …   | Vietnamese

24 Feb 2012 | Article
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Participants attend a consultation workshop organized by VRN

Supporting civil society to influence the development of Vietnam’s Water Law

In 2011, Mekong Water Dialogue (MWD) funded Vietnam River Network (VRN) to do a detailed review of draft versions of the new Water Law. VRN and the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) organized a series of consultation meetings to gather feedback from local NGOs, academia, and the general public. A report summarizing this feedback (in Vietnamese and a summary in English) is available on the MWD website. In 2012, MWD will continue to support civil society efforts to target the National Assembly, which has the ultimate authority for reviewing and approving laws, specifically the need for the Water Law to explicitly incorporate the principles of integrated water resource management, address international waters, and ensure public participation in water resource management. …   | Vietnamese

24 Feb 2012 | News story
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Sarus crane in Tram Chim National Park

Announcing Vietnam’s fourth Ramsar site

On World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2012, the Ramsar Secretariat notified Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Ramsar Focal Point, that it had accepted Tram Chim as a Ramsar site. This is Vietnam’s 4th Ramsar site after Xuan Thuy, Bau Sau, and Ba Be, and the 2,000th site to be nominated globally.
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24 Feb 2012 | News story
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Mangrove planting in Hau Loc, Thanh Hoa

Mangrove for the Future in Vietnam - Medium-sized Grant Facility - call for proposals

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is pleased to announce the launch of a Medium-sized Grant Facility (MGF). MFF is a partnership-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems (corals, sea grasses, estuaries, mud flats, etc.) including but not restricted to mangroves. For more information about MFF, visit: http://www.mangrovesforthefuture.org. …  

20 Feb 2012 | News story
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BCR Coastal Forum 2012, 29 February to 2 March, Chanthaburi, Thailand

Regional BCR Coastal Forum 2012, Thailand

IUCN in partnership with the Sustainable Development Foundation, GIZ, VASI, Thailand Research Fund, Thai PBS and Burapha University will host the First Regional BCR Coastal Forum at Burapha University, Chanthaburi, Thailand, from 29 February to 2 March 2012. The event is part of the European Union-supported project “Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts - Coastal Southeast Asia”.  …  

15 Feb 2012 | Event

Mangrove rehabilitation in Thua-Thien-Hue

Mangrove conservation in lagoons: lessons from Sri Lanka

Nearly all of Vietnam’s mangroves grow along coastlines in the Red and Mekong Deltas. But those in central Vietnam are mostly found in estuaries and lagoons. In 2010, Mangroves for the Future (MFF) awarded two small grants to Centre for Community Research and Development (CCRD) and Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF) to conserve mangroves through improved community-based management in two lagoons in Thua-Thien-Hue and in Quang Nam respectively. …   | Vietnamese

31 Jan 2012 | News story
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Indochinese silvered langur in Hon Chong

Exploiting limestone, Silvered langurs lose their “home”: a response

Several recent newspaper articles, including one published in the December 12, 2011 edition of Tuoi Tre, draw attention to the status of the Silvered langur (Trachypithecus germaini) populations on the karst hills of Kien Luong District, Kien Giang Province. As the Tuoi Tre article states, this species is assessed as Endangered by IUCN, the International Union of Conservation of Nature, because it is believed to have undergone a decline exceeding 50% over the past 36 years (three generations, given a generation length of 12 years) due to a combination of habitat loss and hunting pressure (http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/39874/0). The Tuoi Tre article also correctly acknowledges the unique biodiversity of the Kien Luong karst hills. …   | Vietnamese

30 Jan 2012 | Media advisory
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Eroded sea dyke and mangrove strip at Vam Ray village, Kien Giang Province

Why healthy ecosystems matter: the case of mangroves in the Mekong Delta

If protected, nature has an amazing ability to recover after disturbance. But the ability to recover depends on the health and resilience of the ecosystem. Mangroves in the Mekong Delta illustrate this principle. …   | Vietnamese

14 Dec 2011 | Article
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Mr. Vo Van Nua in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

Protecting mangroves: what does it cost?

A 2010 report by Forest Trends entitled Roots in the Water: Legal Frameworks for Mangrove PES in Vietnam identified high opportunity cost as a major barrier to mangrove conservation and the development of payments for ecosystems services (PES) systems. In Vietnam, the high opportunity costs arise from the high returns that can be earned from clearing mangroves particularly for shrimp ponds. …   | Vietnamese

13 Dec 2011 | Article
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