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

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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Local grantee presenting project's results at the meeting

Stories of conflicts: a review of MFF Small Grant Projects 2011-2013

On July 23, 2013, nine organizations that have completed MFF-funded small grant projects attended a lessons learned workshop in Hanoi, together with representatives of the projects’ beneficiary groups. What emerged from the workshop were stories of conflicts. Some conflicts inspired to the grantees to find innovative solutions, others condemned the projects to failure. …  

16 Aug 2013 | Article
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Arabian Oryx

New Guidelines on conservation translocations published by IUCN

As the world’s biodiversity faces the incessant threats of habitat loss, invasive species and climate change, there is an increasing need to consider more direct conservation interventions. Humans have moved organisms between sites for their own purposes for millennia, and this has yielded benefits for human kind, but in some cases has led to disastrous impacts. In response to this complex aspect of conservation management, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) and Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) have revised and published the IUCN ‘Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations’. …  

12 Aug 2013 | News story

Dr. Vo Quoc Tuan training local forest protector to use GPS

Bringing new technologies to forest protectors

Half of all Vietnam’s mangroves are in Ca Mau, its southernmost province. Over 60,000 hectares of Ca Mau’s mangroves are managed by seven forest management units and one national park, which don’t have the man power or funding to do the job properly. The mangrove forests are difficult to access and to protect and there are cases of government officials being attacked by illegal mangrove cutters. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story
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Andrew Wyatt, Mekong Delta Programme Manager, IUCN Viet Nam, and focal contact for Building Coastal Resilience Project (BCR)

Andrew Wyatt teams up with BCR and drives Coastal Forum 2013 preparation

Andrew Wyatt is an Australian national with over fifteen years of research and project management experience in the Mekong Region. He has a BSc from Macquarie University and completed his PhD in Geography from the University of Sydney in 2004. Since then, Andrew has been living and working in Vietnam.   …  

24 Jul 2013 | Article
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Seedlings from nursery ground being prepared for planting

Planting, protecting, and sharing: three indispensable links in mangroves conservation

On a recent trip to Lang Co Lagoon in Thua Thien Hue Province, an MFF small grant project site, I met Nguyen Xuan Vinh who runs a local seafood restaurant. Right at the start of the project Vinh volunteered to plant two hectares of mangroves. When asked why, he said: “I remember many rare and precious aquatic species in the lagoon when mangroves were abundant. But now the mangroves are almost gone and it’s hard to find any such species. If I can bring them back, it will bring a huge profit to my restaurant, and the only way to do that is to plant mangroves. Mangroves also help to purify the water better than any modern machine”. Vinh used the internet to teach himself how to plant mangroves and raise fish and crabs under the mangrove canopy. …   | Vietnamese

15 Jul 2013 | Article
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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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