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An unexpected fire in Vietnam’s Tram Chim National Park burned approximately 380 hectares (939 acres) of grassland, and 31 hectares (77 acres) of melaleuca forest. Melaleuca is a type of fire-adapted species that often survives low intensity fires, which can trigger mature trees to release millions of seeds. However, the fire was seen as an embarrassment to provincial officials still accustomed to managing wetland areas according to outdated management policies. To address the negative reaction to the fire, the project team assembled a comprehensive strategy to proactively respond to concerns. Significantly, this also offered the partnership team an opportunity to reach out to key stakeholders and educate them on conservation and freshwater systems.