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Thai Mekong Communities Request Injunction to Suspend Xayaburi Dam Power Purchase Agreement

Bangkok, Thailand – The Save the Mekong coalition (StM) supports the Network of Thai People in the Eight Provinces of the Mekong Basin (the Network) filing an injunction today in the Thai Administrative Court calling for a suspension of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Xayaburi Dam, the first dam being built on the Lower Mekong River.

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Vietnam’s Mekong Delta ‘doomed': conservationists

Vietnamese environmentalists say the hydropower race unfolding on the lower Mekong River will destroy the delta’s downstream economy. Experts at a Tuesday conference in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang called the dams “bombs” looming over millions of people, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.

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Hoa Binh hosts community consultation on forest protection

A seminar was held in the northern province of Hoa Binh on September 16 to announce the results of a community consultation on the 2004 Law on Forest Protection and Development.

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Concerns on Don Sahong Dam Prior Consultation Process

On 10 September 2014, the Save the Mekong Coalition sent a letter to the regional Prime Ministers urging them to halt the Prior Consultation process for the Don Sahong Dam and addressing flaws in the PNPCA.

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Institutionalization of Communities’ and CSOs’ Roles Helps Strengthen Environmental Protection

HANOI, 26 August 2014 – People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) organizes an one-day workshop featuring the theme “Institutionalizing Roles of Communities and CSOs in Environmental Governance in Vietnam”, which aims at facilitating discussions and proposals about realizing legal space for participation of CSOs and communities in environmental protection.

Vietnam’s Amendment Law on Environmental Protection was approved by the National Assembly on June 23rd 2014 and will be in effect from January 1st 2015. The Law is expected to have significant influence in terms of enhancing roles of communities and CSOs in managing, monitoring and protecting the environment.

Responsibilities to protect the environment of Vietnam Fatherland Front, socio-political and professional organizations as well as local communities are defined in Chapter XV of the Law. The Law requires project developers to hold public consultation with participation of agencies, organizations and communities that are directly affected by project activities. This important aspect of the new law opens opportunities for citizens and CSOs to actively and positively involve in the decision making processes of development projects and help minimize negative social and environmental impacts from development activities.

“To ensure effectiveness and expected impacts for the environment and society of the new law, roles of CSOs and communities need to be defined clearly in under-law regulations and policies. There should be transparent mechanisms for CSOs and affected communities to participate in dialogues, consultations in the decision-making processes, especially in those related to environmental impact assessment. This will help present potential social and environmental impacts from development projects, as well as reduce the risk of environmental conflicts over the long term.” – said Mr. Trinh Le Nguyen, Executive Director of PanNature.

During the workshop, discussions focus mainly on how to institutionalize roles of CSOs and communities under the new law. Participants also share their practical experiences and case studies on the involvement of different stakeholders, including communities, media and CSOs in environmental monitoring and management.

There are about 120 representatives from government agencies, elected bodies, NGOs, research institutions, journalists and local communities participating in this workshop.

The workshop is part of a series of activities with aim to support raising public concerns and media engagement for more vibrant policy debates in Vietnam, which is supported by the British Embassy Hanoi via the Asia Foundation (TAF).

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Do Hai Linh
Communication Manager
PanNature
Phone: (04) 3556-4001, ext 112
Email: linh@nature.org.vn


Workshop Sponsors

British Embassy Hanoi: The UK and Vietnam set up their diplomatic relations in 1973. The two countries entered into a Strategic Partnership Agreement in 2010, demonstrating the breadth and depth of existing cooperation and shared level of ambition for the future.
Website: www.gov.uk/government/world/vietnam
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ukinvietnam

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organization committed to improving lives and mutual benefits between The United State of America and the dynamic and developing Asia Pacific. In Vietnam, from 2000, The Asia Foundation supports programs to advance effective governance, facilitate economic dialogue and private sector development, address environment and climate change challenges, empower women and human resource’s capacity, and improve international relations.
Website: www.asiafoundation.org/country/overview/vietnam

Workshop Organizer

People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) is a Vietnamese not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and conserving diversity of life and improving human well-being in Vietnam by seeking, promoting and implementing feasible, nature-friendly solutions to important environmental problems and sustainable development issues.
Website: www.nature.org.vn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PanNature

WWF, Vnforest and PanNature Co-Start a Project to Support Vietnam – EU Negotiation on Legal Timber Havesting and Trade

Hanoi – 21 Aug 2014, Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) – Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, The World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) co-launch the project of Common Assess to Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) process in Vietnam and Laos to support the Government of Vietnam in the negotiation and implementation of the VPA with the European Union (EU) in the framework of the initiative on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) contributing to the sustainable development of the national industry of timber processing & export and in line with international regulations.

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Save the Mekong Coalition Calls on Prime Ministers to Cancel Mekong Mainstream Dams

As Mekong ministers meet for the 20th Meeting of the Mekong River Commission Council in Bangkok tomorrow, the Save the Mekong coalition has issued a statement calling upon the Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam to work together to address the threat posed by a proposed cascade of eleven Mekong mainstream dams to the region’s food security and people. The coalition requests that immediate action be taken to cancel the planned mainstream dams, including the Xayaburi and Don Sahong dams, which are already under construction. And to ensure that future decisions over the shared river are based on scientific knowledge, transboundary impact assessment, robust consultations, and respect for the rights of all riparian nations and the public to a transparent and participatory decision-making process.

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Laos continues building hydropower dam in Mekong River

Laos is continuing to build Don Sahong dam in the mainstream Mekong River regardless of objections and consultation requests from neighboring countries, the International Rivers Network said in a statement.

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ADDA and PanNature Team Orient Provinces on CEMI Project

Between June 2-7, the Country Representative and National Project Manager of ADDA, accompanied by Mr. Hoang Xuan Thuy, the Deputy Director of the partner NGO, PanNature, travelled to Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau to orient the Provincial Farmers’ Unions of the three provinces and other local representatives on the new project, ‘Climate Change and Ethnic Minorities in Northern Vietnam’.

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Mekong hydropower dams: Laos considering, Vietnam needs “quick reactions”

Laos promises to consult with experts and consider the construction of hydropower dams on Mekong River is the good news for Vietnam. However, scientists say Vietnam needs to act promptly to take full advantage of its opportunities.

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