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Mr. Bui Thanh Cong, shrimp farming's owner in Tra Vinh Province, a beneficiary of SGF/MFF

A model shrimp farm in the Mekong Delta

Bui Thanh Cong took up shrimp farming after his retirement. The move was not unusual. In the past decade, many people from his province of Tra Vinh have begun taking up shrimp farming, Viet Nam’s newest cash cow. Cong owns around nine hectares of land. Like his neighbours, Cong's production is mostly reliant on intensive farming which is extremely unsustainable because it clears away mangroves and is heavily dependent on chemical inputs. Cong’s production took a turn, however, when he agreed to be part of a pilot project to explore alternative technologies for environmentally friendly shrimp farming.  …   | Vietnamese

22 Sep 2015 | Article
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A shrimp farmer's hut stands near a pond in Tra Vinh Province, Viet Nam

Shrimp Farming: Problem or Solution?

In Viet Nam's Tra Vinh Province, located in the Mekong Delta, poly-culture methods are helping mangroves make a come-back. Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta region is one of the most productive regions in Asia. Located at the south-western tip of the country, this rich patch of land is where the Mekong River drains to the South China Sea. Around 17 million people live in the area, which makes up about a fourth of Viet Nam’s rice agriculture area, and contributes half its fisheries output. People’s reliance on this area of land is significant, not just within Viet Nam, but around the world—this is where a considerable amount of the world’s rice and shrimp supplies originates.
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22 Sep 2015 | Article
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Ms. Ajanta Dey, from NEWS, an IUCN Member, presents on Mangrove Afforestation in Sundarbans - where business meets biodiversity (DANONE/NEWS Forest Carbon Project)

Leaders for Nature: an expanding network of sustainability-minded businesses in India

Leaders for Nature is expanding in India. For its latest Master Class, the initiative collaborated with Mangroves for the Future to highlight coastal and marine biodiversity issues in India. The goal of the master class was to work towards a government-business-community alliance for on-the-ground action for conservation of the marine environment in the country’s east coast. …  

21 Sep 2015 | Article

Trail at Kitayamazaki, Sanriku Fukko National Park, Japan

Collaborating on protected area management

Protected areas are some of the most important places on earth when it comes to biodiversity conservation. Aside from sheltering biodiversity, they provide food, clean water supply, medicines and protection from the impacts of natural disasters, and also contribute to people’s livelihoods. Protected areas are therefore at the core of efforts towards conserving nature and its services. …  

20 Sep 2015 | Article

Representatives from the government, private sector and civil society discuss CEPF graduation criteria.

Conservation partners discuss criteria for CEPF graduation from Lao PDR

The long-term vision of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in Lao PDR was at the center of discussions over the past two weeks at consultation workshops organized and facilitated by IUCN, and attended by representatives from the government, private sector and civil society. …  

18 Sep 2015 | Article

Floating guard post in Kampong Phluk

Fish conservation in Kampong Phluk: an update

With EU funding, FACT and IUCN have helped the community fisheries (CFi) committee establish a 200-hectare fish conservation area (FCA) in Kampong Phluk. This is the largest and wealthiest of the three pilot sites and has been the most challenging because of its rich fishing grounds, which are considered among the most productive in the Tonle Sap. …  

17 Sep 2015 | Article
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Floating guard post in Boeung Chhmar

Fish conservation in Boeung Chhmar Ramsar site: an update

In 2014, the EU-funded community fisheries conservation project in the Tonle Sap established a 65-hectare fish conservation zone, or community protected area (CPA), in Boeung Chhmar Ramsar site. Quarterly focus group discussions and monthly monitoring have shed light on both successes and challenges.  …  

17 Sep 2015 | Article
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Group discussion at a community workshop in Boeung Kachang Village

Thailand and Cambodia come together to strengthen local dolphin conservation networks

In Trat Province, Thailand, strong community networks have been established in recent years in response to the alarming number of stranded Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) and other dolphin species in the area. These local networks are critical to support Thailand’s efforts to conserve the culturally and ecologically important species. On the other side of the border, in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia, the number of stranded dolphins, although lower, is also increasing, and efforts are being undertaken to share experiences from Thailand in engaging local communities to become the guardians of dolphins and related ecosystems. …  

15 Sep 2015 | Article

Ceremony to bless the Ghost Forest and deep pools

Fish conservation impacts in Phlov Touk: successes and challenges

As the 4-year IUCN/FACT EU-funded project "Strengthening Capacity of Fishing Communities in the Tonle Sap to Manage their Natural Resources Sustainably" enters its final stages, the results in Phlov Touk, one of three pilot sites where we have helped establish fish conservation areas (FCAs) under the management of Community Fisheries (CFi) committees, are becoming clear. …  

15 Sep 2015 | Article
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Thank you for making the 6th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum a success!

More than 400 people joined us during the 6th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum held last 10-12 August 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum focused on the theme “Resilience in Action: Creating Solutions for People and Nature” and highlighted how working together is vital in order to secure the health of nature and the future of people in Asia.  …  

10 Sep 2015 | Article