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Vice Minister Discusses Wetland Management with MWBP and Other Wetland Managers

April 2006, the Plain of Reeds

The Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Vice Chief of the Department of Forestry and the Director of Southern Sub-Institute of Forest Inventory and Planning (Sub-FIPI), visited the MWBP demonstration sites in April 2006. Following on from this visit the Vice Minister requested that MWBP and Sub-FIPI organise a roundtable meeting, chaired by the Vice Minister, with the participation of all managers of protected wetlands in the Mekong Delta, the Viet Nam Environment Protection Agency and leading wetland scientists from the southern region.

Such a meeting is a great achievement in the recognition of wetlands and their ecological importance to the people of Viet Nam.The roundtable was a success, with the wetland managers of the Mekong Delta being able to communicate directly to the ministry about the challenge they face.


World Wetlands Day 2006
Long An and Dong Trap Provinces, 10-12February 2006

World Wetlands Day (WWD) 2006 celebrations took place in Tan An town, Long An province on 10 February 2006, and at Tram Chim National Park, Dong Thap province on 12 February 2006 as part of the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme (MWBP)*, with co-funding from Tram Chim National Park and Department of Science and Technology of Long An. This was the fourth year that the area celebrated WWD.

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Viet Nam’s First Wetlands Status Report Launched
in Conjunction with World Wetlands Day
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 16 January 2006

A comprehensive assessment of wetlands status in Viet Nam, titled “Overview of Wetlands Status in Viet Nam Following 15 Years of Ramsar Convention Implementation” will be nationally launched by Viet Nam Environment Protection Agency (VEPA) on 16 January 2006. The launch will also coincide with World Wetlands Day (2 February 2006) and its theme of the year "Wetlands as a tool in poverty alleviation".

Experts in the field of nature conservation, water and wetlands management from ministries, research institutions, universities and international and national NGOs, associations will participate in the report launch, many of who have contributed to the development of the report. The report is the product of a collaborative effort of the Vietnam Environment Protection Agency (VEPA), the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Viet Nam, and the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme (MWBP), with financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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National Workshop on Wetlands and Management of Fires in Wetlands
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 27 September 2005

A national workshop on Wetlands and Management of Fires in Wetlands will take place in Ho Chi Minh City from 28 to 29 September 2005. The meeting, organised by the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme (MWBP) will bring together policy makers, wetland managers and practitioners, and scientists to discuss three major themes:

  • Legal and policy issues
  • Ecology and research on fire
  • Fire management
The workshop is co-funded by MWBP and the UNDP, with technical support being provided by the Viet Nam country office of The World Conservation Union (IUCN).

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Media orientation meeting on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use

Tram Chim, Viet Nam, 21-24 September 2005

Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme (MWBP) Viet Nam and Non-Forest Timber Products Project working in collaboration to organise a series of media orientation meetings on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, with a focus on wetlands and non-forest timber products.

The first meeting was held from 21 to 24 September 2005 in Tram Chim National Park. Participants included 24 reporters and journalists from 22 newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations from Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh Cities, and Dong Thap, Long

An provinces. Although the MWBP is a young programme in Viet Nam, it has attracted media to participate in the meeting with participants staying for the three day meeting, learning new concepts and information, and actively participating in discussion and a field visit. The media identified their need for factual information, case studies, and explanation of technical terms to assist them in developing news and reports.

The meeting was also an opportunity for MWBP to intiate contact with journalists who are in charge of covering environmental and development issues. The programme expressed its commitment to work closely with media to achieve mutual benefits. The next meeting will be organised in Hon Gai town from 18 to 21 October 2005, and van Don and Hoang Bo districts are the selected sites for visiting.

First National Steering Committee meeting

Ha Noi , 1 July 2005

The first meeting of the Viet Nam National Steering Committee (NSC) was held in Hanoi on 1 July 2005, right after the Minister of Nature Resources and Environment (MONRE) approved the establishement of the NSC, by 29 June 2005. Nine out of 14 members and 14 observers from various departments of MONRE, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Planning and Investment, etc., attended the meeting. Dr. Pham Khoi Nguyen, Vice Minister of MONRE chaired the meeting.

Overall introduction of the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme (MWBP) at the region level presented by Mr Peter John Meynell, UNDP Team Leader. The MWBP Viet Nam component has been presented by Dr Tran Hong Ha, National Programme Director. As this is the first meeting of the NSC, issues of programme management mechanism, the process of workplan development and approval at national and provincial level have been discussed seriously. The NSC also reviewed the MWBP Viet Nam national and provincial workplan for 2005.

The next meeting is scheduled in October 2005.

Back from the Brink - Wild Siamese Crocodiles Spotted in Viet Nam

A crocodile track observed during the surveys - Viet Nam.

Viet Nam, July 2005

Recent scientific surveys confirm that wild, highly endangered Siamese crocodiles still exist in Viet Nam. The surveys identified fresh tracks and observed an adult individual during a night-time observation exercise. These findings are an amazing discovery for Viet Nam as the Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) was thought to be extinct in the wild, and is ranked Critically Endangered by IUCN – The World Conservation Union.


Celebrating the Establishment of the National Programme Office
Ha Noi, June 2005

Viet Nam celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May, and the World Environment Day, 05 June this year with the recent successful establishment of the National Programme Office of the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme (MWBP).