As of: January 2018
Scaling Up Mangrove EBA in the Mekong Delta
Objective and activities
In Vietnam, shrimp farming is a vital economic sector, but also the leading cause of mangrove loss. 70% of Vietnam’s mangroves are in the Mekong Delta, which is highly vulnerable to sea level rise and climate change. 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.
State of implementation/results
- The World Bank project “Integrated Climate Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods” (ICRSL), which seeks to replicate and scale-up the mangrove-shrimp farming approach in Ca Mau, was approved in June 2016.