Developing community participatory coral reefs management mechanism and pilot rehabilitation of 2,000m2 hard corals in Bai Huong Hamlet, Tan Hiep Commune (Cu Lao Cham), Hoi An, Quang Nam Province

Releasing of marine turtle

Releasing of marine turtle, Tan Hiep Commune, Hoi An City, Quang Nam, Vietnam © IUCN Vietnam


  • Sustainably rehabilitating 2,000m2 hard corals in Bai Huong Hamlet - Cu Lao Cham.

  • Developing 1 community treaty on sustainable coral reef management.

  • Designing and piloting 2 community-based tourism activities.


  • Cu Lao Cham has important marine biodiversity, especially the coral reefs (more than 300 species, total coverage amounts to 1.5 km2)

  • The coral reefs area in Bai Huong is part of the Cu Lao Cham marine protected area.

  • More specifically, Bai Huong’s population is more than 500 people (100 household). More than 85% of the population here depend on the marine biodiversity for a living, through fisheries.

  • Great pressures from fisheries, tourism, and inconsistent public awareness result in severe environmental degradation, affecting the livelihoods of the local community.

Target beneficiaries

  • 100 households for direct aquaculture activities.

  • 30 households for related activities such as tourism services or retails.


  • 10 local fishermen trained on coral restoration techniques and coral monitoring growth

  • 03 fishermen formally trained and got diving license by PADI, then participated in the coral replantation, 3 monitoring trips

  • Coral giving and receiving areas identified and 2,403 coral replanted in 2,000m2

  • Monitoring data for coral growth in progress, initial growth rate is at 90%

  • Third monitoring carried out for 39 coral communities/150 replanted communities. The result showed the survival rate at 82%, the growth ranges from 0,5 cm – 4,8cm - Treaty developed and enforced by the community with 29 patrols with three violations cases (fishing in protected area) handled

  • Overall coverage of corals in Bai Huong has increased by 5% by May 2015

  • 2 tourism activities identified: glass-bottomed boats, a day as fishermen. It has been also promoted through working channels.

Contributions to cross-cutting themes

  • Gender equality

  • Climate change

  • Sustainable livelihoods

Project Facts



Tan Hiep Commune, Hoi An City



1st Dec 2013 to 31st May 2015

MFF Grant Amount


Co-financing Partner

Cu Lao Cham MPA management: VND39,075,000

Public contribution: VND3,700,000

Implementing Partner

Ms Tran Thi Hong Thuy - Director of Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area (MPA)

  • Address: 22-24 Bach Dang, Hoi An, Quang Nam

  • Tel: 05103.911.066

  • Fax: 05103.911.067

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