Youth union members planting mangroves in Gio Viet Commune, Quang Tri Province

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Organic Shrimp Farming in Ca Mau: a new film

With funding from International Climate Initiative (IKI), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), IUCN and SNV are working in Ca Mau with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Nhung Mien Forest Management Board, and Minh Phu, one of the world’s largest seafood exporters, to support farmer participation in a certified organic shrimp program that links a 10% price premium to the maintenance of 50% mangrove cover in each farm. It’s a form of international PES, with shrimp farmers as the sellers and consumers in the US, EU, and Japan as the buyers of the environmental services that a healthy mangrove forest provides. Over 700 farmers are currently enrolled and we hope to enroll another 600 this year. To see a short video and a trailer of the project, click below.   …   | Vietnamese

08 Sep 2014 | Article
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Bhaya representative speaking at the meeting

Cruise boats in Ha Long Bay: what do the businesses say?

The majestic limestone pillars rising out of the green waters of Ha Long Bay form one of Vietnam’s iconic landscapes and its greatest tourist attraction. Every day, hundreds of cruise boats shepherd thousands of visitors among the islands, cave systems, and small beaches that make up the bay. Threatening Ha Long Bay and its important tourism industry, however, is the growing problem of water pollution. …   | Vietnamese

04 Sep 2014 | Article
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Journalist asking questions at the film screening

Journalists react to two films on the Mekong?

Hydropower is considered a source of clean renewable energy. This has led to an explosion of dam construction in the Mekong region. But the costs are becoming increasingly clear, particularly in Thailand and Vietnam, which have by far the largest number of dams. Downstream, dike and canal construction in the Mekong Delta has helped Vietnam become the world’s second largest rice exporter. But as with dams, the costs of this narrow-minded approach have become apparent. …   | Vietnamese

03 Sep 2014 | Article
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Mr. P’ Sanae, Chairman of Pakklong Ao Ra Wa Community Conservation, sharing with Viet Nam team

Thai fishing communities get organized

“If we don’t protect nature, no one will do it. Then we’ll have to suffer,” said P’ Sanae, Chairman of Pakklong Ao Ra Wa Community Conservation during a study tour by Vietnamese provincial government officials and villagers to Trat and Chanthaburi Provinces in Thailand. The tour was organized in late February/early March 2014 by IUCN as part of its EU-funded Building Coastal Resilience to Climate Change in Coastal Southeast Asia (BCR) Project. …   | Vietnamese

25 Aug 2014 | Article
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Representative from IUCN Viet Nam (the 2nd from the left) receiving an award from Quang Nam PPC

Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee awards IUCN for its conservation efforts in Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area

On May 22, 2014, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature received an award from the Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee for its support to the Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area (MPA) and Biosphere Reserve. This is a great honour for IUCN and recognizes our work helping to protect these important areas. …   | Vietnamese

20 Aug 2014 | Article
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IUCN and Holcim celebrate the conclusion of a successful relationship producing important tools for the cement and aggregates sector

 Working together to strengthen biodiversity and water management within Holcim and to extend tested approaches to the cement and aggregates sector, IUCN and Swiss-based global building materials company Holcim have now completed the second phase of their seven-year engagement. …  

25 Jul 2014 | News story

Earth dike in Mo O village, Soc Trang Province

To build or not to build, that is the question

Mo O is a coastal village in Soc Trang Province where the cultivation of watermelons is the leading income source. Watermelons are planted on sandy soil just behind an earth dike. When the dike breaks and sea water floods in, as it often does, the villagers lose most of their crop. …   | Vietnamese

21 Jul 2014 | Article
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August dike in Dong Thap Province, May 2014

Rice at all cost?

On May 27, IUCN and the South West Steering Committee (SWSC) organized an inception workshop in Can Tho for a 4-year BMU-funded project Integrated Planning Approaches to Implement the CBD Strategic Plan and Increased Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change. The project will test planning and investment strategies that will enhance the capacity of Mekong Delta to cope with growing competition over its land and water resources in a changing climate. …   | Vietnamese

21 Jul 2014 | Article
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Group discussion during the training

Project Cycle Management training helps partners design better climate change adaptation pilot projects

An important goal of IUCN’s Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) project is to build the capacity of local government to design, implement, and monitor community based climate change adaptation pilot project. BCR is supporting the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE), Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Women's Union, Commune People's Committees, and Forest Management Boards in Kien Giang, Soc Trang and Can Gio to implement 10 pilot projects.  …   | Vietnamese

30 Jun 2014 | News story
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