Site Visits

On June 29, 2018, Assembly participants will have the opportunity to join one of three site visits. During these visits, participants will have a firsthand experience of GEF and GEF Small Grants Programme project impacts and results. 

The Government of Viet Nam is organizing the site visits and will distribute the available spaces on a first come first served basis. The final list of those selected by the Government will be communicated via email to all participants who signed up. 

Click here to view site visit scheduling and other details.



Waste Management project, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province

The ancient city of Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most coveted tourist destinations. In 2016 alone, over 21 million tourists visited the city. Collectively, the 120,000 inhabitants of Hoi An and the booming tourism industry produce approximately 75 tons of solid waste per day generated by households, restaurants, hotels, markets, schools, offices, streets and public areas.

The collection and disposal of this waste has not been dealt with properly for a long time. As a result, the city’s land and streams remained littered, threatening the environment and the health of communities. Eventually, the city’s waste finds its way to the oceans with global environmental ramifications.

To address this issue, with the support of the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), Hoi An’s Women’s Union has created a long-term waste management plan that fosters the sustainable development of the city while preserving its cultural heritage. In 2010, working in close coordination with the Viet Nam Office of Natural Resources and Environment and the Public Works Agency, the Women’s Union piloted a GEF SGP project called “Socialization of solid waste management in Hoi An".

The project not only successfully established a scheme for collecting, sorting, and disposing of waste in Hoi An’s commune, but it gave work to a group of poor women, creating a shift in the social fabric of the community. Change created by the project achieved both environmental and development goals, and has become a model strategy for addressing urban waste that is now being scaled up at a provincial level. 

Click here to read a related story on the GEF website.

Click here to read a project information document. 

Land crab conservation project, Cham Island, Quang Nam province

Being just a 30-minute boat ride away from the coast of Hoi An, one of Viet Nam’s most visited world heritage sites, the Cham Islands are a popular tourist destination. The eight islands sit at the center of a marine protected area and boast a lush tropical forest and great environmental and marine diversity.

Among the island’s rich biodiversity is an endemic species of large land crab locally named “Cua Da” (Gecarcoidea lalandii). Unfortunately, the Cua Da crab population was becoming severely depleted due to over-harvesting and significant growth in tourism on the island. To rehabilitate the land crab population, the Hoi An City Peoples Committee issued a decision to suspend harvest of and trade of G. Lalandii in the Cham Islands. However, illegal harvest and trade activities continued to affect the population of land crabs despite this new push for local regulation.

With an aim to develop a sustainable model that could help protect the land crab, between 2010 and 2013, the GEF Small Grants Programme supported a community-based conservation and sustainable harvesting project that enabled the local community to create a successful system that guarantees sound Cua Da crab conservation and harvest.

Since the project has finalized, the cooperative has become a self-sufficient institution that oversees the monitoring of the harvest zones, times and seasons. Thanks to this system, along with an annual harvest limitation of 10,000 crabs, the cooperative is having a positive impact in protecting the Cua Da crab, raising its commercial value, and reducing pressure on the adjacent coral reefs.

Click here to read a related story on the GEF website.

Click here to read a project information document. 

Eco-industrial park project, Da Nang city, Quang Nam province

One of UNIDO’s contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals is facilitating the establishment of eco-industrial parks. An eco-industrial park is a community of businesses located on a common property. Members seek enhanced environmental, economic and social performance through collaboration in managing environmental and resource issues, and thus, seeking opportunities, and eventually engaging in industrial symbiosis activities within or outside the eco-industrial park.

Industrial symbiosis means that traditionally separate industries look for means and ways to gain competitive advantage through physical exchange of materials, energy, water and by-products, hence fostering inclusive and sustainable development.

Eco-industrial park developments have contributed to better integrate industries in the society through the creation of shared economic opportunities, improved ecosystems and innovative avenues for responsible business.

Among their many positive externalities, eco-industrial parks promote resource efficiency and circular economy, making a contribution to sustainable cities.

Click here to visit the project information page. 

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