The Katoomba workshop on June 25-27, 2010 on coastal management, mangroves, and carbon sequestration brought together more than 70 carbon market specialists and mangrove experts from 14 countries to discuss the opportunities and issues related to mangrove carbon financing in Viet Nam. Participants included Vietnamese government officials and researchers from Hanoi and Nam Dinh Province, field practitioners, resource managers, donor representatives, and the media. In addition to Viet Nam, the following Asian countries were represented: India, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
The workshop was a joint initiative of Mangroves for the Future (MFF), Forest Trends (FT), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) as a contribution to the XVII Katoomba Meeting held in Hanoi on June 23-24, 2010, which addressed the broader issues of payments for environmental services.
This summary report presents the major issues concerning mangroves in Viet Nam that were highlighted in the workshop presentations, and the main conclusions and recommendations that emerged from the discussions.