Workshop discusses protected area governance in Vietnam

A Green List of Protected and Conservation Areas in Vietnam was unveiled at a workshop held Wednesday in Ninh Binh province by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Vietnam Association of National Parks and Protected Areas (VNPPA).

The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conservation Areas is a set of global conservation standards, tailored to each country or region where the program is adopted. The first step for a site to achieve Green List status is a voluntary commitment to the program. Once admitted as a candidate, the site begins a phase of independent assessment. When a candidate site is awarded 'Green List' status, the management is given a certificate. The site will then have the right to use the program's mark and logo, and will be recognized and promoted by IUCN as a global conservation model.

Nguyen Manh Ha, chief of Vietnam's Expert Green List Assessment Group, says Vietnam has been a member of the Green List program since 2016, following approval by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 4 sites in Vietnam have achieved the Green List status - the Van Long Nature Reserve in Ninh Binh province, Con Dao National Park in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai province, and Pu Mat National Park in Nghe An province.

The two organizations held a second workshop on Wednesday in Hanoi on the management of conservation areas in Vietnam. At the workshop, participants were introduced to current governance models in Vietnam, including a community-based forest protection and livelihoods development model in Thai Nguyen and Thanh Hoa, Ha Giang's efforts to build a local conservation area, and a community-based program to save the Delacour langur in Ha Nam.

Source: VOV5