WWF Statement on Cat Tien National Park becoming the second Green Listed site in Viet Nam

Today, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that Cat Tien National Park in Viet Nam will be the 78th certified protected area added to their IUCN Green List, the second national park in Viet Nam on the list after Van Long Nature Reserve.

To receive the globally recognized standard, Cat Tien National Park has improved management, design, planning, and governance processes to ensure the conservation of its biodiversity. With financial and programmatic support from USAID’s Biodiversity Conservation Activity, implemented by WWF, the national park met the detailed 17 criteria to be included in the list. To celebrate, WWF issued the following statement from Thinh Van Ngoc, CEO of WWF-Viet Nam:

“This achievement is a testament to the progress Cat Tien National Park has made in improving protected area management. The dedication of park management and support from Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and USAID over the last two years has been critical to this mission.

“IUCN’s Green List sustainability standard is one of the most robust ways to assess area-based conservation and protected area management. Meeting the rigorous criteria shows that measuring progress and conservation impacts is vital to inform future efforts. With support from the USAID project, implemented by WWF, protected areas in Viet Nam have been able to improve the quality of their management to achieve globally recognized standards.”

From USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Aler Grubbs:

"Conservation is an important part of the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. USAID’s biodiversity and forestry projects conserve natural systems essential to sustainable growth, combating climate change, and improving the lives of people who depend on them.

For over a decade, USAID has helped Vietnam protect its globally significant biodiversity by combating illegal hunting, protecting habitats for endangered species, and mobilizing domestic resources for forest conservation. USAID's support for areas like Cat Tien National Park, through our Biodiversity Conservation Activity, reflects the shared commitment between the U.S. and Vietnamese governments to the country’s sustainable development."