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Scaling Up Mangrove EbA in the Mekong Delta

As of: October 2018

Objective and activities

In Vietnam, shrimp farming is a vital economic sector, but also the leading cause of mangrove loss. The sustainability of the shrimp sector and the conservation of mangroves are therefore both national priorities. To help the government address these competing priorities, IUCN/SNV implemented an IKI-funded project in Ca Mau to help shrimp farmers become certified using the Naturland organic label. In the first project phase (until 2016), wabout 1,400 farmers had been enrolled in the certification program, 60 ha of mangroves had been replanted, and net mangrove loss had been stopped across the project area. The 2nd phase of the project will scale up the results of the 1st phase in Ca Mau, Ben Tre, and Tra Vinh, three provinces that contain half the mangroves in the Mekong Delta. This will strengthen the resilience of local communities to sea level rise, higher peak temperatures and similar stressors.

Predecessor project(s)
Promoting Ecosystem-based Adaptation through Mangrove Restoration and Sustainable Use in Thailand and Vietnam

State of implementation/results

  • In Ca Mau, Tra Vinh and Ben Tre suitable sites for replication were identified.
  • In the project region Ca Mau that presents the largest shrimp-producing province of the country, the project supports the improvement of the value chains, market access, productivity as well as the conservation of mangrove and shrimp polycultures.
  • 343 shrimp farmers were trained in 2016 and are eligible for certification.
  • 28 company’s staff from different export enterprises and 12 forest management board staff were trained on certification management and Internal Control System (ICS).

Project data


Implementing organisation:
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation - Netherlands

Partner institution(s):
  • Ben Tre Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) - Vietnam, Ca Mau Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) - Vietnam, Tra Vinh Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) - Vietnam
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Switzerland

BMU grant:
€ 1,492,384

04/2016 till 02/2020


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