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Consultative Workshop on "Protected Areas Policy Analysis in Viet Nam"

   1/13/2006

Hanoi, 23 November 2005 - a consultative workshop on "Protected Areas Policy Analysis in Viet Nam" was held by the Forest Protection Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with the technical assistance from IUCN - The World Conservation Union. The objective of the workshop was to widely consult on the first draft of the technical report of "Protected Areas Policy Study in Viet Nam" - A study has been carried out since June 2005 within the framework of the "Creating Protected Areas for Resource Conservation using landscape ecology (PARC Project). The Workshop received active participation and contribution from about 80 participants representing concerned departments of ministries related to protected area management such as Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Finance, the Office of the Government, etc., research institutes, universities, representatives of more than 10 national parks and protected areas, representatives from related provincial departments of forest protection, international conservation organizations such as Birdlife International (BLI), Fauna and Flora International, WWF, donors and specialists. The workshop listened to Mr. Nguyen Huu Dung, Head of Nature Conservation Division of FPD - The National Team Leader of the Study gave a presentation on the draft technical report. Three working groups actively discussed and contributed to key policy fields to help finalize the technical report. These key policy fields for discussion included 1) Policy, institutional arrangements and financing protected areas; 2) PA planning and landscape management approach; and 3) Community participation in PA management and protection. The Workshop provided opportunities to listen to presentations on key policy, legislation and strategies that are under development or finalization including 1) comments on the draft revised Decision 08 on the management of three types of forests including the special -use forests - forest PAs presented by Mr. Nguyen Huy Dung, Forest Inventory and planning Institute (FIPI); 2) Draft Marine Protected Areas Management Regulation presented by Ms. Nguyen Giang Thu, Ministry of Fisheries; 3) Draft Biodiversity Action Plan 2005 presented by Ms. Le Thanh Binh, Viet Nam Environment Protection Agency; and 4) Some initial ideas about the Biodiversity Law in Viet Nam presented by Mr. Nguyen Van Tai, Department of Environment, MONRE. Mr. Jeremy Carew-Reid, Co-team Leader presented key recommendations of the study to the draft Revised Decision 08, Biodiversity Action Plan 2005 and Biodiversity Law. Next steps of the Study Team will be to finalize the technical report based on the comments and recommendations from the workshop and under the guidance from the Working Group. A policy brief will be prepared summarizing key findings and recommendations that the Study Team and the Project would like to communicate to policy, legislation, law, decision makers and planners contributing toward a better enabling policy and institutional environment for PA management and protection for sustainable development in Viet Nam For further information and/or recommendation please contact Mr. Nguyễn Hữu Dũng, (parc@hn.vnn.vn) and/or Ms. Nguyễn Thị Yến, Forest Conservation Programme Officer IUCN Viet Nam (yen@iucn.org.vn).

IUCN
1/13/2006

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