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Conservation Today — eNewsletter of the Viet Nam Country Office

November 2007 - January 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

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Training workshop on environment in relation to health and human rights.

Introducing a new perspective: environment in relation to human rights

A two-day training workshop was conducted in mid-December 2007 for government officials at the Vietnamese Institute for Human Rights (VIHR) to address the issue of environment in relation to health and human rights. …  

07 Jan 2008 | News story

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

IUCN Viet Nam Country Representative Mr. Vu Van Trieu presented the environment prize to the vice Director General of Long An Garment Export Company

Promoting business for sustainable development in Viet Nam

IUCN Viet Nam and the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) signed in late December 2007 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Business for Sustainable Development in Viet Nam. This is an innovative approach to nature conservation in the country. …  

07 Jan 2008 | News story

Group work during the discussion session to provide comments to the draft law at the workshop

Leveraging legal mechanisms to safeguard biodiversity in Viet Nam

The Government of Viet Nam, with the support of the IUCN and in coordination with other partners, is developing the Draft Biodiversity Law. This is initiated subsequent to the Government Decision No. 35/2003/QD-TTg, which mandates the development to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). …  

07 Jan 2008 | News story

"What do you think if we and other sea animals die?  How will people living by the sea be affected?”
– Chau Thi Anh Thu’s award winning painting.

Continuing support: IUCN’s work in the Gulf of Tonkin

Colourful and creative drawings produced by the children of Minh Chau Island Secondary School were displayed at an award ceremony on November 19, 2007 to celebrate student participation in the “I Love Marine Turtles” Campaign. This is part of the “Saving Marine Turtles and their Habitat” environmental education programme that promotes good practices of marine biodiversity preservation. …  

07 Jan 2008 | News story

Using GIS to improve MPA management

Using Geographic Information System (GIS) to improve marine protected area management

A training course on the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, My World GIS, to support Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) ecosystem management was co-sponsored by IUCN Viet Nam in November 2007 at Nui Chua National Park in Ninh Thuan province. …  

07 Jan 2008 | News story

Participants in the Mangrove Restoration Workshop

Mangrove Restoration: protecting the coast and mitigating climate change impacts

At the end of November 2007, IUCN co-organized the “Mangrove Restoration for climate change adaptation and Sustainable Development” workshop in Can Gio district, Ho Chi Minh city in partnership with other local and international partners. …  

07 Jan 2008 | News story

Sorting out the catch

Applying an Ecosystem Approach to Wetlands Management in Viet Nam

 Ha Noi, Viet Nam 9 January  2008 - The Government of Viet Nam is making efforts to apply the Ecosystem Approach to wetlands and protected area management with technical and field support from IUCN. The Ecosystem Approach is the primary framework for action for natural resrouces management under the Convention on Biological Diversity.   …  

09 Jan 2008 | News story

Thao, Phuong, Tuyen, Diep

Staff News

In December 2007 we said good bye to Tim Wong, Chief Technical Advisor of the Safeguard Biodiversity for Poverty Reduction Regional Project. We highly appreciate Tim’s contributions to IUCN Viet Nam and wish Tim all the best with his future endeavours., …  

09 Jan 2008 | News story

What we are up to ... our upcoming Events

Second regional roundtable: Sustainable financing: Current status and emerging opportunities

Date: January 23-25, 2008

Venue: Vientiane, Lao PDR

Objective: The 2nd Regional Roundtable aims to foster regional dialogue on Payment for Environmental Services, with a view to sharing knowledge and working towards a common understanding and approach.

Participants: Government and non-government implementation partners of the Asian Regional Biodiversity Conservation Program (ARBCP) from Viet Nam, Lao, Cambodia and Thailand.

Raising public awareness on the Asian Regional Biodiversity Conservation Program

Date:  January 21-27 January and March 6-7,,2008

Venue: Lam Dong Province, Viet Nam

Objective: To raise public awareness on biodiversity conservation by providing information on project activities and their objectives for communities.  A competition at village and commune levels on “Knowing about the ARBCP” will be organized.

Target groups: Communities at the project sites

Training workshop for People’s Court

Date: February 27-28 February, 2008

Venue: Lam Dong Province, Viet Nam

Objective: To build the judiciary awareness of, and capacity in legal provisions, and to ensure compliance with environmental regulations in support of biodiversity conservation.

Participants: Judges, prosecutors, environmental police, and forest rangers of Lam Dong Province

Briefing session on forest law enforcement and governance and trade

Tentative date: February 27, 2008

Venue: Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), No.2 Ngoc Ha str. Hanoi

Objective: Relevant government officials working at MARD and MoNRE ministry offices.

Participants: Representatives of line agencies under MARD and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE)

Milestones in IUCN’s partnership with Holcim Viet Nam

February: Signing agreement with Holcim Viet Nam

March: Preparation mission to Hon Chong and Kien Giang to develop the master plan for Holcim’s integrated karst management project.

Launch of Connect2Earth: a Nokia/IUCN/WWF initiative on environment protection

Date: March 2008

Objective: To establish a public web space for people to tell the world why they care about the environment and why it should be protected. Photos, video clips, or text can be uploaded via the web site or your mobile device. This is a competition and the first place message will be presented by the winner at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain this October.

Target group: All individuals, especially youth

Food for thought ... our new releases

Working with IUCN – A unique perspective

Laura (at left) in the field

Perspectives from Paula

My PhD research investigates the dynamics of participation and livelihoods change associated with the implementation of marine protected areas in Viet Nam. My in-country research focuses on different scales of operation by examining two project case studies as examples of different types of MPA conservation, and also by study of the broader policy context associated with MPA development and collaborative management of aquatic natural resources. My case study sites are based in Quang Nam and Khanh Hoa Provinces, which is far from the policy hot bed of Ha Noi. So at those times when I wasn’t in the field, the IUCN Ha Noi office was my home base for exploration of this broader policy context. …  

07 Jan 2008 | News story