Southeast Asia is one of the most important places on earth for nature conservation. The region supports one sixth of the world’s species of mammals and amphibians, a fifth of the world’s species of butterflies, and almost a quarter of the world’s species of birds. This is also home to around half a billion people. The IUCN Southeast Asia Group was established in 2011, to support the growth of IUCN’s work in Southeast Asian countries, particularly through multi-country/trans-boundary interventions, and to provide a platform for IUCN interaction with Regional bodies such as ASEAN.
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
Member of the Lao National Working Group for the Mekong Water Dialogues, Ms Phetlavanh Sinpaseuth from Earth Systems Lao, writes about a recent field trip and training workshop on the importance of environmental flows, organized by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. …
30 Nov 2011 | Article
The recent flooding in the Mekong Delta has forced decision makers to address an important question: does it make sense for the state to support the high levels of investment in large-scale water resource management infrastructure needed to produce a third crop of rice. The answer depends on who you ask and how you define the costs and benefits. Many researchers and farmers representatives argue that the direct and hidden costs of a third crop exceed the benefits in terms of the extra rice produced. But many government officials insist that a third crop of rice makes economic sense. … | Vietnamese
Communities in Bang Chan found a suitable plan to solve a drinking water problem after they have been struggling to get fresh water for several years. This is part of the climate change adaptation of local communities as a result of Promoting Local Innovations Workshop in Chanthaburi Province, Thailand on 21-23 October 2011. …
16 Nov 2011 | Article
03 Nov 2011 | News story
Located on Kien Giang’s 200-km-long coastline, Binh Son Commune is one of the most eroded stretches of coast where, according to the local government and community leaders, the mangroves have receded year after year under the combined effects of sea level rise, storms, and other extreme events. The livelihoods of disadvantaged people in this area, particularly in Vam Ray Hamlet, have been dramatically affected. …
02 Nov 2011 | Blogs
More than 30 Cambodian journalists participated in a training on climate change during 3-5 October 2011 in Phnom Penh and visited IUCN's project sites in Koh Kong Province on 6-7 October. The training, and field visit funded by UNESCO and the EU, and facilitated by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) and IUCN, aimed to raise awareness and interest of journalists on climate change in their professional work.
19 Oct 2011 | News story
On September 29, 2011, Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Field Coordinator Tang Phuong Gian attended the inception workshop in Soc Trang organized by Wageningen University (WU) and Can Tho University for Production Ability for Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Area of Mekong River, a project to explore ways to optimize the use of salt, brackish, and freshwater in the Mekong Delta. The project builds on a study called Water for Food and Ecosystems (WFE) that was funded by LNV, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality and coordinated by IUCN with technical support provided by WU’s Dr. Gerardo van Halsema, who organized this workshop. For a copy of the WFE case studies, click HERE. … | Vietnamese
14 Oct 2011 | News story
Supported by the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues project, local officials and community representatives from the Xe Champhone Wetland in Savannakhet Province recently travelled together to Beung Kiat Ngong in Champassak Province to strengthen capacity and build a vision for sustainable wetland management. …