On 16th of April the Kick Off meeting of the RICEMAN project, as small project associated to the WISDOM Project focussing on coastal protection and the management of two important man made and natural ecosystems in Vietnam - rice growing areas and mangrove ecosystems - took place at the premises of VAST-GIRS in HCMC on April 16th 2010. During the Kick Off directors of GIRS, FIPI and associated organisations were present. The German WISDOM coordination as well as WISDOM's CIM expert also joined the meeting. Both sides presented results of joint work in the field of remote sensing and field validation of rice cropping areas and mangrove ecosytstems in provinces of the Mekong Delta. Next joint field validation campaigns are foreseen - e.g. a larger one in October/November 2010.