Lang Son riverside livelihood

Conservation Today — eNewsletter of the Viet Nam Country Office

July - September 2008

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 http://www.iucn.org.vn

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Balancing resource use between agriculture and mangrove forests, pictured above, will be among the topics addressed during the Dialogues

Dialogues to Streamline Water Use in the Mekong Region

The Mekong Region is one of the fastest growing economies in East and Southeast Asia, and on September 22 – 23, 2008, IUCN officials from the surrounding countries gathered in Bangkok to begin planning a project that will include a series of dialogues aimed at incorporating private sector, government and civil society needs into water governance decisions in that critical area. …  

25 Sep 2008 | News story

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

When properly managed, Viet Nam’s farmlands, like the one pictured above, contain rich biodiversity.

IUCN Launching Books on Farmland Biodiversity

IUCN Viet Nam launched two publications on Friday, 26 September describing current farmland conditions and recommending strategies for ensuring biodiversity in the nation’s agricultural areas. …  

30 Sep 2008 | News story

Local volunteers ensure a beached sea turtle is released to the ocean

IUCN’s Marine Turtle Program Supports Management on Many Levels

Government officials, school administrators and community members involved in an IUCN VN initiative to implement the National Marine Turtle Conservation Action Plan to 2010 (MTCAP) said the activities helped provide the management support needed to reach the plan’s goals. …  

23 Sep 2008 | News story

A landscape in Central Viet Nam that would be included in a proposed biodiversity corridor

Decree to Regulate Biodiversity Corridors

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) is incorporating expertise from IUCN Viet Nam into a decree it is developing to create regulations for managing biodiversity corridors in Viet Nam. …  

11 Sep 2008 | News story

Community members participating in a district-level PES contest in Da Nhim commune

Lam Dong Province Learns About Payments for Environmental Services

Community members, local authorities and journalists gained a better understanding of the concept of Payments for Environmental Services (PES) after IUCN Viet Nam hosted a series of educational events, which most recently featured a public awareness campaign in July and August 2008. …  

11 Sep 2008 | News story

fishing in Xuan Thuy  National Park

Group hones Water for Food and Ecosystems case studies

Experts from the government and academia met to review the design of five case studies during a July 29, 2008, meeting of the Water for Food and Ecosystems (WFE) working group. …  

11 Sep 2008 | News story

Dr. Robert Julian Mather

Staff News

 IUCN Viet Nam looks forward to receiving the contributions of the many new staff members we welcomed during the past three months.  

01 Oct 2008 | News story

Food for thought ... new releases

Hướng dẫn quản lý Khu bảo tồn thiên nhiên. Một số kinh nghiệm và bài học quốc tế Guide to Protected Area Management: International Experience and Lessons Learned

Guide to Protected Area Management: International Experience and Lessons Learned

Hướng dẫn quản lý Khu bảo tồn thiên nhiên. Một số kinh nghiệm và bài học quốc tế …  

02 Oct 2008 | News story

Hướng dẫn bảo tồn đa dạng sinh học nông nghiệp tại Việt Nam Guidelines for conserving agricultural biological diversification in Vietnam

Two publications on agrobiodiversity in Viet Nam

Guidelines for conserving agricultural biological diversification in Vietnam
Hướng dẫn bảo tồn đa dạng sinh học nông nghiệp tại Việt Nam

Guidelines for cadres building biological preservation plans
Hướng dẫn cán bộ trợ giúp xây dựng kế hoạch bảo tồn sinh cảnh …  

02 Oct 2008 | News story

EC-Viet Nam round table on meeting market demands for legal and sustainable wood products

EC-Viet Nam round table on meeting market demands for legal and sustainable wood products

EC-Viet Nam round table on meeting market demands for legal and sustainable wood products …  

02 Oct 2008 | News story

Compact Disk — Asian Wetland Symposium 2008

Asian Wetland Symposium 2008 — Compact Disk

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07 Oct 2008 | News story

What we are up to ... our upcoming events

Climate change awareness-raising events

  •  Late September in Can Tho for a training programme
  •  Late October in Hanoi for a climate change and development conference

Objective: To familiarize policy makers in Viet Nam with the challenge of climate change and its potential impact on the nation, as well as to begin discussing adaptation and coping strategies.

The East Asia Business Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development

  •  8 – 9 October in Hanoi

Objective: To educate members of Viet Nam’s business community about environmentally friendly actions already taken by some companies and about the private sector’s role in sustainable development.

Oil spill geographic response planning workshop

  •  13 – 17 October in Quang Ninh

Objective: To allow key stakeholders to identify local resources at risk, priorities for protection and response strategies in the case of an ocean oil or chemical spill.

Roundtable meeting on timber and wood markets

  •   14 – 15 October in Ho Chi Minh City

Objective: To convene members of the private sector in a discussion of changing international markets for timber and wood products, and how Viet Nam’s forest industry can respond in a sustainable way.

Working with IUCN: Unique Perspective

Annie at the 2008 Asian Wetland Symposium she helped organize.

Raising Awareness on Wetlands: For others and for me

Many Westerners might never consider spending a year in Hanoi, but for me, IUCN Viet Nam was the perfect fit. I had just finished my master’s degree in International Affairs with a specialization in International Development. That training, coupled with my longtime interest in the environment and biology led me to seek a position as an IUCN intern funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and supported by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), based in Canada. …  

01 Oct 2008 | News story