Biodiversity conservation partnership between IUCN and INSEE in Kien Giang Province

Karst hills in Hong Chong

Location: Kien Giang Province, Viet Nam

Duration: 2012-2020

Project background: Viet Nam is one of the biodiversity hotspots in Southeast Asia and is currently recognised as a country with a high proportion of rare and endemic species at the regional and global level. With almost three decades of economic development, Viet Nam is facing many environmental challenges including deforestation; depletion of natural resources; water, soil and air pollution in the urban and rural areas; and the impacts of climate change.

As a resource-intensive industry with a large carbon footprint, the cement sector is one of IUCN’s priorities for business engagement. Engaging with the building materials sector is also central to IUCN’s work to promote a green economy and sustainable development.

IUCN and Holcim Global have worked together since 2007 and in 2009 Holcim Viet Nam Limited began a 4-year partnership with IUCN Viet Nam. The major outputs from this partnership came via the preparation of a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) in 2012 for Holcim’s Hon Chong cement plant and the Annual Summer Campaign for all of Holcim’s cement and grinding plants.

From 2013 to 2015, IUCN Viet Nam entered into a 3-year-agreement with Holcim Viet Nam to continue strengthening biodiversity conservation management within Holcim’s quarry sites and surrounding areas and advocate for the establishment of Kien Luong Nature Reserve.

On 27 November 2018, IUCN Asia Regional Office entered a 3-year- MOU (2018 – 2020) with SCCC Thailand (which acquired Holcim Viet Nam and is now known as INSEE) to implement biodiversity-related activities to protect high conservation value karst in Cambodia, SriLanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The partnership has paved the way for effective biodiversity conservation over an extensive period of time. Aside from the direct work at the plant, the partnership also contributes to sector-wide improvements in the cement and related sectors.

Objectives of the project:

The IUCN – SCCC partnership aims to protect the limestone hills in the company’s quarrying sites, as well as surrounding areas in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam, and contribute to sector-wide improvements in the region. Siam City Cement Public Company Limited is the first company in Thailand’s cement industry to have signed an MOU with IUCN.

Following a recent review, the objectives for future work at the site are:

  • Support improved management of the Phu My Grassland Nature Reserve
  • Continue negotiations with Kien Giang PPC to establish Hon Chong – Kien Luong Nature Reserve
  • Investigate the cause of mangrove destruction in Khoe La and initiate a replanting project.


  • HVL Hon Chong Biodiversity Action Plan developed;
  • A baseline survey of invertebrates in Hon Chong-Ha Tien limestone hills conducted;
  • Technical assistance to HVL Viet Nam Biodiversity Management System (BMS) provided;
  • Kien Luong Nature Reserve establishment supported;
  • The biodiversity impacts of quarrying in Bai Voi, the largest quarry reviewed.

Donor: Holcim Vietnam Ltd (HVL)

Partners: Kien Giang Provincial People’s Committee (PPC); Kieng Giang Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE); Kien Giang Department of Sciences and Technology (DOST); and Southern Institute of Ecology (SIE)   

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