The Quang Nam Marine Protected Area (MPA) Project supports the establishment of Cu Lao Cham Pilot MPA and the GoV’s initiative to develop an MPA network. It provides experiences on sustainable management of marine resources in one of the most biologically diverse marine areas in Quang Nam Province and in Vietnam. The objectives of the project were to: develop MPA management tools for improved enforcement, community-based MPA management and environmental awareness; and build support among local resource users, women’s groups and other relevant stakeholders.

The overall objective of the project was “to strengthen institutional arrangements and build capacity within MoNRE and its provincial line departments in order to support the strategic investigation and management of regional water resources for efficient development so as to reach Vietnam’s Development Goals (VDGs)”. The specific objectives of the project were (i) improving water resources protection and strategic water resources planning; (ii) increased public awareness about the protection of water resources; and (iii) building Water Resource Management capacity amongst the staff of the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment/ Department of Natural Resource and Environment’ s. 

Economic growth and rapid urbanization have led in recent years to degradation of the environmental situation in the urban centers of Vietnam. The City of Da Nang with its current population of approximately 875,000 inhabitants is no exception in this respect. GTZ is likely to enhance the implementation of its environmental urban agenda in an integrated manner, especially in relation to public transport and land use integration. A thorough analysis of the different needs and expectations of the male and female target population and staff  of intermediaries/ lead implementing agencies (at administrative up to management level) is instrumental for the success of every development cooperation intervention. Determining those differing needs and expectations will be one main objective of the research with particular regards to gender-sensitive land use planning, environmental impact and awareness and transportation.

Between 2000 and 2025, the urban population of East Asia (including South East Asia) is expected to increase by 500 million, or 65%, compared to an overall population increase of 17%. Accommodating this increase in a sustainable and equitable manner will represent one of the major development challenges in the coming decades. Further demands on land will come from the need to provide for industrial and commercial development in certain countries. There has been a general lack of synthesized information, especially quantitative, on most topics related to the urban fringe as well as policy measures that can lead to urban fringe development that encourages growth, is environmentally sustainable, is inclusive (not marginalising the poor) and addresses the needs of current occupiers.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) had been working with the Rural Poverty and Environment (RPE) initiative within IDRC to develop a research agenda that supports poor, rural households to engage more successfully with global economic processes. The ODI managed the implementation of a research theme which aimed to integrate poverty and environmental concerns into value chain analysis. This research involved supporting researchers, civil society and entrepreneurs wanting to undertake action research on one or more pro-poor, natural resource-based value chains in disadvantaged regions in Africa and Asia.