Located in the eastern side of mainland Southeast Asia, Viet Nam's geography streches from highlands in the north, the central Annamite Mountains and the lowlands and Mekong Delta in the south. The country has a vast coastline and more than 10 million hectares of wetlands. The diversity of species, particularly of rare and endemice species, is also notable. At present, Viet Nam faces many environmental challenges. Among these are deforestation, depletion of natural resources, water, soil and air pollution, and climate change impacts.
IUCN has been working in Viet Nam since the mid-1980s, and the country became a State Member in 1993, the same year the IUCN Viet Nam office was established.
Our work in the country has included supporting the development of laws and policies such as the National Biodiversity Action Plan (1995), Law on Forest Protection (2004), Law on Environmental Protection (2005) and the Biodiversity Law (2008).
Together with government, NGOs, academia and businesses, we deliver programmes focused on two main thematic areas: water and wetlands and coastal and marine. Current projects include supporting the formation of multi-stakeholder groups to supervise initiatives that impact on the environment, supporting local NGOs with small grant financing, enhancing the quality of environmental reporting, engaging business and cooperating with provincial governments to demonstrate nature-based solutions.