Since the early 1980s IUCN has been working on governance issues in Viet Nam, supporting the formulation of laws, strategies and action plans including the National Conservation Strategy( 1984-1985), the National Biodiversity Action Plan( 1993-1996), the National Plan for Environment and Sustainable Development( 1991-2000), and the five-year National Environmental Action Plan(2001-2005). Building on its long term experience and engagement with the government. IUCN Viet Nam will promote effective multi-stakeholder approaches and partnerships to maintain and improve management of natural resources. A special concern is to ensure that those who are dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods are given a stronger voice in natural resources management. IUCN Viet Nam will promote environmental governance that shares rights and benefits with the poor and is sensitive to the dependency of the poor- especially women and minorities- on natural resources.