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2019-02-22 | story

Vietnam: Vietnam urged to enforce mangrove conservation policy

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Mangrove management policy in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta needs stronger state enforcement, if the country is to meet its conservation goals while still allowing for people in the delta area to benefit from the ecosystems services that mangroves provide the shrimp farming sector.

New research has also calculated the optimal amount of mangrove forest that these farms need to retain, if shrimp farming is to be viable here: about 60%. If they remove more than that, they lose the important ecosystem services that the forests provide to the shrimp farming activities, upon which farmers depend for a livelihood. 

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