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IUCN has a long history in Viet Nam since it supported the government in the preparation of the first National Conservation Strategy in 1984. Since then, IUCN has made significant contributions to biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, particularly through the development of laws and policies.

IUCN Viet Nam focuses its work on the following thematic programmes: Business and Biodiversity, Forest ConservationProtected Area and World Heritage, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, Water and Wetlands and Environmental Governance.

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Landless households in the core zone

Stopping charcoal production in Mui Ca Mau National Park: work without end

In 2012, IUCN issued a small grant to the Mui Ca Mau National Park Management Board to support five local community mangrove protection groups. Last week, as part of a grantee monitoring visit, I attended a monthly meeting at which the protection groups report back to the management board on illegal mangrove cutting and their efforts to close down the charcoal kilns that are driving the mangrove cutting. In June 2013, the protection groups demolished more than 200 kilns. These are small kilns that earn households VND3,000,000/month. But past experience indicates that many of these kilns will quickly be rebuilt because the households have no other economic alternative. …  

11 Jul 2013 | Article
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Forest Wagtail in Hlawga National Park, Yangon

Vacancy announcement programme officer, Myanmar (based in Yangon)

IUCN is seeking a qualified individual to join our project in Myanmar. The Programme Officer Myanmar position is based in Yangon, Myanmar and will be initially for a period of six (6) months, extendable based on mutual agreement and subject to availability of funding. …  

09 Jul 2013 | Job vacancy
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A poor fisher and his discarded by-catch

The near-shore fishery challenge in Soc Trang

Soc Trang Province has recognized that the near-shore fishery and mangroves is suffering from a loss of species diversity, and this is increasing the vulnerability of coastal communities, who are heavily dependent on mangrove and marine resources, to climate change. The province has implemented numerous programs and regulations to protect and conserve its heavily exploited near-shore fishery.   …  

28 Jun 2013 | Article
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Farmer Nguyen Van Muoi, Hamlet 4 with his shrimp ponds

Why pump sea water onto your rice fields?

On a recent visit to Tra Vinh, I saw an unususual sight: next to the sea dike, which was built to prevent sea water intrusion, a farmer was pumping sea water back over the dike onto his rice fields. What was happening? …   | Vietnamese

24 Jun 2013 | Article
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Annoucement on Competition on "Vietnamese students action for a healthy, prosperous and secure future for Viet Nam coastal areas

With the role as future owners of a coastal nation, Vietnamese students are welcome to join MFF Viet Nam to propose solutions for conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems in Vietnam’s coastal areas. To respond to the Vietnam Seas and Islands Week with theme “Acting together for seas and islands of the homeland” launched by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment from 1 - 8 June 2013 and the World Oceans Day on 8 June 2013, Mangroves for the Future (MFF) in Vietnam announces the competition on “Vietnamese students actions for a healthy, prosperous and secure future for Vietnam’s coastal areas”. …   | Vietnamese

10 Jun 2013 | Jobs - call for proposals
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Marching on environmental protection by local students

Marine turtle conservation in Viet Nam – more is needed!

Viet Nam’s coastal provinces used to be important nesting grounds for many species of marine turtle. But the numbers of nesting sites has declined sharply over the past 10 years as beaches have been converted to shrimp ponds, hotels, and other uses, and marine turtles have been killed as fishing by-catch or suffocated by plastic bags. For the past five years, IUCN, with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), has partnered with the Sub-Department of Capture Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DECAFIREP) in Binh Dinh Province to promote the conservation of marine turtles. …   | Vietnamese

23 May 2013 | Article
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Mekong Days in Washington DC 2013

"Mekong Days"

Robert Mather, Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group, was in Washington, DC for the U.S. debut of the film “MEKONG”, which examines the issues of hydropower development and its impact on Mekong citizens' lives. IUCN, Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD), Challenge Programme for Food and Water (CPWF), and the Goethe Institute set up the debut of the film during the DC Environmental Film Fest, and also planned related “Mekong Days” -- several days of events held over 22-27th March 2013, highlighting issues related to the Mekong, including panels at the Goethe Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center in which Robert participated. …  

11 May 2013 | Article
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Fisherwomen selling aquatic products at the market of Xuan Thuy National Park

Working with fisherwomen in Xuan Thuy National Park

Every day, hundreds of local fisherwomen enter the mangrove forest in Xuan Thuy National Park to collect shells, mollusks, crabs, and other aquatic products. Although the law prohibits any kind of resource extraction in the core zone, the poor women who depend on these natural resources have no other choice. Up to six hours a day, they wade through the mud and water and end up earning less than US$3 a day. The overexploitation of aquatic products has resulted in increased scarcity and growing competition between the fisherwomen. …   | Vietnamese

26 Apr 2013 | Article
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Shrimp ponds in Quang Ngai Province

Where have the sea turtles gone?

“Sea turtles don’t come to nest on our beach anymore!” said Mr. Minh, a member of Sea Turtle Nesting Beach Protection, a volunteer network in Quang Tri Province. Despite the participation of nearly 3,500 local residents and school children in beach protection, a recent survey found that, since 2007, no marine turtle nests have been recorded in Quang Tri, Quang Nam, and Quang Ngai Provinces and the very few nests that remain in Binh Dinh Province are on off-shore islands. Meanwhile, according to a 2009 report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), 1,000 mature turtles a year are killed accidentally by fishermen as “by-catch”. …   | Vietnamese

26 Apr 2013 | Article
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Unconsolidated sea dike in front of vegetable plots at Mo O, Soc Trang Province

Soc Trang community prepares to adapt to climate change

The Mekong Delta is one of the parts of the world projected to be most impacted by sea level rise. And within the Delta, the coastal districts of Soc Trang Province are considered particularly vulnerable because of the very flat topography. Local people are already observing higher high tides and stronger wave action that break the unconsolidated earth dike that protects them from the sea. The EU-funded project Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) is working in Mo O, a small village in Trung Binh Commune to build local capacity to address this threat. …   | Vietnamese

25 Apr 2013 | Article
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