If a single action of an individual can bring positive change to the environment, imagine how we can work together to protect the sea?
Let’s find out how the people around us have done so far to conserve the ocean!
GOVERMENT'S MARINE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS (MCP):
In Vietnam, on September 2013, in order to prevent more effectively marine environment pollution, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 798/QD-TTg, promulgating the plan on implementation of the Strategy for sustainable exploitation and use of marine resources and protection of marine environment through 2020, with a vision toward 2030.
- “Under the plan, functional agencies are tasked to implement waste management programs and projects; control polluting sources from land and at-sea activities; intensify investigation of sea environment protection in urban areas, industrial parks, export processing zones, aquaculture and aquatic product processing zones as well as commercial and services activities along the coast; make lists of identified polluters and work out plans to handle them; and conduct general surveillance of marine natural resources and environment of Vietnam.” – May 2016, Vietnam Law magazine.
- Please refer to the article for more information:http://vietnamlawmagazine.vn/sea-environment-protection-anti-salinization-planned-5366.html
In 2010, a plan of establishing 16 marine protected areas (MPAs) has ben approved by the Prime Minister of Vietnam. According to the result published in National Workshop on solutions for MPAs Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE), ten over sixteen MPAs have been established so far. Please visit our “Vietnam MPAs” to explore more: MPAs introduction
For further information, please refer to website of Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands (Vietnamese) to explore more national policy and implementation on marine protection: VASI's website
MARINE PROTECTION & CONSERVATION WORKING GROUPS, UNIONS:
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), formerly called World Conservation Union, is an international organization working in nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. In particular, IUCN Global Marine and Polar programme which includes various activities such as conservation, developing MPAs network, securing coastal livelihoods,….For more details, please link to: https://www.iucn.org/theme/marine-and-polar/our-work
Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD): “MCD was established in 2003 under the Vietnam Association of Marine Science and Technology with the license granted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam (License A-088). MCD recognizes the interdependency of coastal communities and marine ecosystems. Therefore, since its establishment, MCD has been fully devoted to coastal ecosystem conservation and community livelihoods development”.Please visit MCD website: http://mcdvietnam.org
WWF (World Wild Fund): “WWF was one of the first international non-government organizations working in Vietnam. In the 1990s, WWF began working on a national conservation strategy; and since then has worked closely with the Vietnamese government on a diverse range of environmental issues and implemented field activities across the country”. In field of marine protection and conservation, WWF recognizes the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards as the leading program to ensure wild-caught fisheries are well managed and sustainable. In addition, many fishery improvement projects (FIP) have been implemented to ensure the output of MSC standard. Please refer to WWF website for more information: http://vietnam.panda.org/
MARINE PROTECTION ACTIVITIES:
Asean CoralRanger project: Asean Coral Ranger is a project run by YSEALI (Young SouthEast Asia Lead Initiatives) alumni for coral and marine preservation since 2016. The 1st generation of the project will takes place in Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. Project aims to raising awareness about the importance of corals as well as protection these species. Official channel of project can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/ASEANcoralrangerproject/
Say No To Plastic Bags (Noi Khong Voi Tui Nylon): Say No To Plastic Bags is a non-profit campaign which aims to foster greater understanding amongst Vietnamese about dangers of single-use plastics and consequences of overusing in general. Team also provides green tips for everyone to stay away from plastic and build up a sustainable lifestyle. In order to join the campaign, just simply remember to bring your own bags for shopping, say no to single-use plastic bags as much as possible. At any shops of the campaign, you will save 5000VND for each. The campaign has just launched since May 2016 but it has reached out more than 15.000 members on Facebook as well as numbers of shops. Please visit for more information: https://www.facebook.com/noikhongvoituinylon/
The last plastic straw: Plastic pollution now is a terrible issue to the ocean that more then 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. The act of campaign is simply requesting "no straw" at bar's and restaurants, and requesting that businesses only give out straws upon request not only reduces the amount of plastic straws in our waste-stream overnight, it is a positive in savings for businesses and municipalities. Here in Vietnam, we also have a similar campaign, you can name a number, for example, Bluebird's Nest, Sap hang Chang Sen, etc.
Vietnam Clean and Green (Vietnam Sach va Xanh): Vietnam Clean & Green’s mission is to reduce littering in Vietnam and to bring about momentous societal change. We will raise public awareness about the negative impacts of littering and highlight the importance of individual responsibility. To accomplish this mission, we seek to cooperate with companies, educational institutions, government agencies, NGOs and anyone else who believes in a cleaner country and world. For your information: http://vietnamsachvaxanh.org/
Let’s do it: Let’s Do It! World is a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united together to clean up the entire country in just five hours. Since then, Let’s Do It! has spread this model—one country in one day—around the world. To date, nearly 120 countries and 20 million people have joined us to clean up illegal waste. Let’s explore what Let’s do it has done in Vietnam so far at: https://www.facebook.com/LetsDoItVietNam/
Ocean hero: Triip.Me is the world’s first “Impact Travel” Platform, enabling travellers to have real local impact by creating and operating Save The Ocean project for sustainable tourism – and with the resources of 1,113,953 hotel rooms and 6,000 authentic local experiences (“triips”) in 226 countries. Ocean hero is a project run by triip.me to fight plastic bottle pollution in the world. For your information, please link to: http://impact.triip.me/