WWF and Nokia join in climate change mitigation initiative in Vietnam

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In November 2012, WWF and Nokia announced a landmark initiative to adapt and mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity by planting over 23,000 mangrove trees across 20 hectares in a coastal lagoon area of central Vietnam.

The project (from 2012 – 2014) at Ru Cha forest in Thua Thien Hue province will assist over 300 people in the local community who will be trained to manage the plantation. Additionally, more than 400 households will benefit through improved sustainable aquaculture management practices, reduced flooding and more reliable crops.

Ru Cha has rich biodiversity which the local community relies heavily on for its livelihood; particularly through aquaculture and crop farming.

The use of mangrove trees for fire, land clearing for aquaculture ponds and building dike systems to prevent sea water have narrowed the mangrove forest to only 4.65 hectares, degraded aquatic resources and reduced the number of migratory birds. This has also caused erosion and contributed to the collapse houses and damaged crops during the wet season, according to Mr. Nguyen Trong, Vice Chairman Forestry Science and Technology Association in Thua Thien Hue Province.

The mangrove trees planted in the joint WWF-Nokia project will protect against existing seasonal threats and offer long-term resistance against climate change.

“The launch of this joint initiative between WWF and Nokia is an excellent step towards strengthening Ru Cha mangrove forest’s biodiversity, resistance to climate change and sustainable aquaculture practices. Importantly, the project will also improve the livelihoods of the surrounding community in Thua Thien Hue province”, Ms. Le Thuy Anh, Center Annamite Landscape Manager, WWF-Vietnam said.

“Climate change, energy and resource use are some of the biggest challenges facing the world today. From natural disasters to food security to rising sea levels, they all impact economies, communities and environment. So we’re doing our best to help wherever possible. Thus, Nokia is delighted to associate with WWF in this important project and believes the plantation and training will provide long-term benefits to the community of Thua Thien Hue province”, said William Hamilton-Whyte, General Manager, Nokia Representative Office in Vietnam.

The private sector has a key role and is uniquely positioned to develop global solutions through new business models and motivation. By engaging in this innovative and challenging joint partnership, Nokia and WWF have helped reduce climate change, raise public awareness and encourage change and innovative solutions.

WWF and Nokia will work with the coordinating partner, the Association of Forest Science of Thua Thien Hue province, as well as the following supporting partners: the People Committee of Thua Thien Hue province, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Thua Thien Hue, Hue Forestry University, the People Committee of Huong Tra district, the People Committee of Huong Phong Commune, Huong Tra district, and the management boards of Thuan Hoa and nearby villages.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Nguyen Phuong Ngan, Communications Officer, WWF-Vietnam

About WWF
WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which human live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

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