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PanNature Announces Ms. Nguyen Hai Van as its New Deputy Director

PanNature is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Nguyen Thi Hai Van as the new Deputy Director in charge of research and policy, officially from May 17, 2019.

Ms Nguyen Hai Van

In her new role, Ms. Van will provide technical and management leadership in setting priorities and strategy, planning and implementing activities of the Research – Policy Department, as well as assisting the Executive Director to make decisions, and oversee  quality of the policy department’s works aligned with PanNature’s strategic direction.

Ms. Van has been with PanNature since 2008. She has developed herself from a policy research officer to policy program coordinator, policy program manager, and advisor before being appointed as the new deputy director.

In each of her previous roles, Ms. Van has made outstanding contributions to the activities of PanNature in general and the Research – Policy Department in particular, including a variety of research, analysis and policy recommendations, especially in the forestry sector.

Van received her master’s degree in Forest Policy and Nature Conservation from the Wageningen University & Research Center, the Netherlands; and currently is a PhD candidate in Environment and Development Studies at the Institute of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of Lausanne (Switzerland).

Van is the successor of Mr. Nguyen Viet Dung, who left PanNature in April 2019. 

Vietnamese Investors and NGOs networking in Laos and Cambodia for sustainable development

PanNature organized this meeting on December 10th, 2018 to connect our business partners in piloting program with NGOs in Laos to strengthen the exchange dialogue between NGOs and Vietnamese private sectors and open an opportunity for further collaboration.

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Panel Discussion about Vietnam’s Role in Taking Leadership to Collaborate on Water Use in the Mekong Basin

On November 4, PanNature along with the Henry L. Stimson Center and International Union for Conservation for Nature (IUCN) – hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Opportunities for Efficient Water Use in the Mekong Basin and Implications for Vietnam.” The panel discussion brought together participants from domestic and international civil society organizations, government and ministry representatives, as well as foreign diplomats to share their perspectives and opinions related to hydropower development in Laos, a landlocked country who’s ambition to become the “battery of Asia” brings concerns about the environmental sustainability of the entire region.

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Project addresses timber trade

A European Union-funded project addressing the timber industry in Viet Nam and Laos was launched yesterday in Ha Noi by the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VnForest), The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature).

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Rebalance the Lower Mekong Development

On 4th November 2013, The panel discussion ”Rebalance the Lower Mekong Development: Are there Cooperative and Equitable Solutions Available?” was co-organized by PanNature and the Henry L. Stimson Center.

With progress on Xayaburi continuing unabated and plans for further mainstream dam construction in the works for the Don Sahong and Pak Beng, the future of cooperative, sustainable, and equitable development of the river appears increasingly in doubt.

Dr.Richard P. Cronin, the Director of Southeast Asia Program, Stimson Center in the panel discussion

Dr.Richard P. Cronin, the Director of Southeast Asia Program, Stimson Center in the panel discussion

The undeniable fact is that the first dams on the Mekong’s mainstream are being constructed in Lao regardless of the MRC’s Agreement, recommendations of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as well as objection ideas of its neibouring countries.

As a downstream country, Vietnam will certainly suffer from any impacts caused by upstream dams on the Mekong river. These impacts will have significant implications on food and environmental security, economic-social-political stability of the country in the future.

Answering the question whether the environmental and social impact of those dams can be mitigated by preventing the worst situated dams from being constructed, some suggested that economic compensation should be considered as an alternative solution to persuade Lao to cancel the construction of dams. In addition, strong support from such financial institutions as the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, development partners, donors and other stakeholders plays an extremely important role in this case.

Opinions from the discussion agreed that the impacts from mainstream hydropower development were extremely serious, uncompensatible and irreversible, and that MRC was essential but not sufficient enough to gain equitable solutions. In order to gain a common wealthy situation and equitable development for the region, political commitment from all MRC’s member countries was an obligation.

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