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Conserving Biodiversity and Combating Wildlife Crime

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A red-shanked douc langur spotted in Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, Vietnam.
A red-shanked douc langur spotted in Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, Vietnam.
Nguyen Manh Phuc/vietnamwildlife.org

Vietnam is one of the world’s most biologically rich countries. Diverse ecosystems provide clean water, soil stability, buffers against storms and climate shocks as well as a basis for nature-based economic activities including tourism. Biodiversity conservation is an essential component of achieving sustainable, resilient development as well as a global public good. USAID helps Vietnam protect its globally significant biodiversity by combating illegal hunting and protecting habitats for endangered species. USAID’s biodiversity conservation and counter wildlife trafficking programs focus on shaping a future in which both people and biodiversity thrive via improvements in economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental stewardship.

USAID works directly with local governments, private sector companies and citizens in Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam and Lam Dong provinces to conserve terrestrial biodiversity through implementation of a variety of interventions, including building capacity for protected areas, developing conservation friendly enterprises for forest dependent communities, and increasing law enforcement.  USAID partners with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to combat the illegal wildlife trade by strengthening wildlife law enforcement and prosecution, improving and harmonizing the legal framework, and reducing consumer demand for illegal wildlife and wildlife products


  • USAID Saving Species works to reduce consumer demand for and consumption of illegal wildlife and wildlife products and strengthens wildlife law enforcement and prosecution on countering wildlife trafficking. 2016-2021, $9.9 million.

  • USAID Sustainable Forest Management: aims to (a) reduce carbon emission from forest conversion, (b) increase carbon sequestration through better management of plantation forests, and (c) improve quality, diversity, and productivity of natural production forests. 2020 - 2025, $36.3 million.

  • USAID Biodiversity Conservation: works to maintain and increase forest quality, and to protect and stabilize wildlife populations in national parks and nature reserves in high conservation value provinces. 2020 - 2025, $38 million.

  • USAID Saving Threatened Wildlife: aims to increase Vietnam’s leadership in addressing wildlife crime by enhancing the commitment of Government of Vietnam (GVN) leaders at the national and provincial level, improving law enforcement effectiveness, and reducing demand and consumption of illegal wildlife products. 2021-2026, $15 million.

  • USAID Mekong Delta Coastal Habitat Conservation: works to mitigate threats to coastal biodiversity and fisheries, enhance coastal resilience and empower local community participation in fishery oversight to combat Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) in the Mekong Delta region. 2021-2024, $2,9 million.

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Last updated: October 22, 2021

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