At the end of November 2007, IUCN co-organized the “Mangrove Restoration for climate change adaptation and Sustainable Development” workshop in Can Gio district, Ho Chi Minh city in partnership with other local and international partners.
The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen biodiversity protection measures for Can Gio Mangrove Forest and to apply lessons learned to other mangrove forests in Viet Nam.
Over 120 representatives from government ministries, research agencies, and civil society organizations participated in the workshop and discussed theoretical and practical solutions for mangrove restoration in Viet Nam. Following the meeting, participants conducted a site visit to Can Gio Mangrove Forest, which provided a hands-on perspective to the issues discussed during the workshop.
Mangrove forests are valuable ecosystems for environmental protection by playing an important role in disaster prevention and socio-economic development. Mangrove forests along Viet Nam’s fragile coastline act to reduce the negative impact of flooding and other harsh weather conditions. These forests also mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, which is predicted to be especially severe for Viet Nam according to climate change specialists. Viet Nam’s mangrove forests have been seriously degraded due to intensive socio-economic development and there is an urgent need for restoration.
This workshop also supports the IUCN Asia-wide programme “Mangroves for the Future”. The programme targets countries suffering from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as well as countries within the Asian Indian Ocean Region such as Viet Nam. It is a multi-agency, multi-country initiative aimed for the long-term conservation and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems.
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants and organizers including the Mangrove Ecosystem Restoration Center (MERC), Hanoi National University, Mangrove Restoration Action Organization (ACTMANG) of Japan, and the Management Board of Can Gio Mangrove Protected Forest, expressed firm commitment to support mangrove restoration and pledged to encourage the Government of Viet Nam to enact strong restoration measures.