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Issue No:65
  • :ISSN 0973–1121
  • :July
  • :2013
  • :English

The blue sea had over it the mystery of the darkness of the

night; the high noon sun had lost its fiery vigour and shone

with the pale yellow splendour of a full moon. All around me,

before and on either hand, was a waste of waters; the very air

and earth seemed filmed with moving water, and the sound

of falling waters was in my ears.

— from The Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker

Vietnam / Shrimp Farms

Depending on Mangroves

Integrated shrimp-mangrove farming systems offer a solution for protecting mangroves and improving livelihoods in Vietnam


This article is written by Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy (TNguyenThiBich@snvworld.org) and Anna-Selina Kager (AKager@snvworld.org) of the SNV Mangroves and Markets project, Netherlands Development Organization, Vietnam


Ca Mau Province, located in the Mekong Delta, is the southernmost of Vietnam’s Provinces and has the highest remaining area of mangrove forests—it contains almost half of the remaining mangrove forest in Vietnam and 70 per cent of remaining mangrove forest in the Mekong Delta. It is estimated that Ca Mau has around 64,500 ha of mangrove forest, classified as production, protection or special-use forests.

Protection forests are under the management of forest management boards (FMBs) and are maintained to protect streams and soils, prevent soil erosion, and mitigate natural disasters.

However, the mangrove area has been dramatically reduced. It is estimated in the early 1970s, the mangrove forest in Ca Mau province covered approximately 200,000 ha. The area of mangrove forest has since declined significantly, primarily due to in-migration, the expansion of rice cultivation, the...

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