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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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Recent floods in Tien Hai village, Cat Ba

Ha Long - Cat Ba Alliance continues its support to improve the environmental protection in Ha Long - Cat Ba after the flood

On behalf of the Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance, USAID, IUCN and MCD have sent a letter to Quang Ninh Provincial People's Committee to extend their sympathy and solidarity following the heavy rains and flooding that have hit Quang Ninh Province and have caused extensive damage and loss of life. …   | Vietnamese

14 Aug 2015 | News story
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6th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum opens with strong commitments to build solutions

IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum starts today with strong multi-sectoral commitment to build solutions to Asia’s most urgent environment challenges. …  

10 Aug 2015 | Article

Farmers participating in group discussion

When farmers write proposals

In May, the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), a partnership between FAO, IIED, and IUCN and implemented in Vietnam by the Vietnam Farmers Union (VNFU), issued a call for proposals for forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs) in Yen Bai and Bac Kan, the two focal provinces. FFPOs were asked to submit a concept note and the shortlisted applicants, after a proposal writing training course, were then invited to write a full proposal. …   | Vietnamese

22 Jul 2015 | Article

East Rennell, Solomon Islands

Climate change and dams threaten natural World Heritage, warns IUCN

Climate change and large dam projects are putting natural World Heritage sites at risk, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on nature to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting this Sunday in Bonn, Germany. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

25 Jun 2015 | International news release

Abandoned shrimp ponds covered with trash before the project

Nuturing nature for better livelihoods

Like many other coastal areas in Vietnam, the rapid expansion of shrimp farms was the main driver of mangrove loss in Tan Xuan Village, Gio Viet Commune, Quang Tri Province. When we first visited the village in 2012, all four hectares of shrimp pond had been abandoned after production had collapsed. Even worse, some of the ponds had been turned into dumping grounds for the whole village, polluting the canal water and threatening the remaining patches of mangroves. …  

24 Jun 2015 | Article

New day in Mekong Delta

Why the region needs the UN Watercourses Convention

On June 4, at an international conference in Ben Tre, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh spoke strongly about the risks of growing competition over water and the need for greater international cooperation to avoid conflict. He urged countries to "develop new ways of thinking", to deliver "tangible cooperation on efficient and sustainable water management" and above all "to translate words and commitments into concrete actions."   …   | Vietnamese

24 Jun 2015 | Article


On the verge of extinction: A look at endangered species in the Indo-Burma Hotspot

The Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot, which covers Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and parts of southern China, is one of the most biologically rich − and highly threatened − places on the globe. …  

16 Jun 2015 | Article

Tiger (Panthera tigris)

IUCN launches second call for Tiger conservation projects

After a successful first call for proposals in October last year, IUCN's Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) is now calling for a second round of proposals from eligible applicants. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

Inside East Scheldt storm surge barrier

Strategic delta planning: lessons from The Netherlands

On the night of January 31, 1953, sea water, driven by a North Sea storm and spring tide, burst through the coastal defences in southwest Holland, killing over 1,800 people and flooding over 200,000 hectares. The government's response to this national disaster was a program of dike building that blocked off three of the four major estuaries that form the mouth of the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta.   …   | Vietnamese

08 Jun 2015 | Article