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Evolving management of protected areas as a solution towards a resilient eco-city

(Case study: Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area and Hoi An Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam)

Chu Manh Trinh, Research and International Cooperation Division, Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area


According to research results of the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute (2015-2017), at Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An World Biosphere Reserve (CBR), many species have broodstock that grow and spawn in the coral reefs in Cu Lao Cham islands, their larvae are brought to the Thu Bon river estuary by tidal currents, where nypa palm mangrove forest and seagrass beds are developing well. After growing up,

I recently had the good fortune to visit the Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (BR) after 12 years. I was previously involved as an Advisor on the Danish funded Sustainable Livelihoods in and around Marine Protected Areas (LMPA) project between 2007 and 2008. From very humble beginnings initially as a Marine Protected Area set up between 2003 - 2006, the CLC - Hoi An UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has matured into a well managed conservation and protected

Thao Ngoc Le1 , Bieke Abelshausen2 and Tri Hoang Nguyen3 

1. Management Board of Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An Biosphere Reserve, Vietnam.

2. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

3.Hanoi National University of Education, President and Secretary General – Vietnam MAB national Committee.

On 23/11, at the Party hall, Hoi An People's Committee in collaboration with the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB Vietnam) of National Committee has successfully organized the dialogue as the theme “Ecological role of natural dunes system – Behavior of stakeholders toward to sustainable development in Hoi An”.


In the context of the present ecosystems are under huge impact of

VietNamNet Bridge – The central province of Quang Nam has approved the second phase of a project to build concrete dykes along Cua Dai beach to cope with worsening coastal erosion near Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Local authorities built a