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PanNature becomes a new member of the ICCA Consortium

On 7 January 2016, PanNature was delighted to be one among nearly 100 members of the Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCA) Consortium.

The ICCA Consortium is an international association dedicated to promoting the appropriate recognition of and support to ICCAs  in the regional, national and global arena. It is comprised of Members (Indigenous People Organisations (IPOs) and Community-based Organisations (CBOs) and civil society organisations working with IPs/LCs) and Honorary members (individuals with relevant concerns and expertise relating to ICCAs). As a global institution, the Consortium is collaborating with the CBD Secretariat, GEF SGP, UNEP WCMC, IUCN, research and advocacy organisations, and UN mechanisms promoting human and IP and LC rights.

In recent years, PanNature has carried out a number of cooparation activities with other members of the ICCA Consortium. In August 2015, under Global ICCA Support Initiative (GIS) which supports promoting ICCA in at least 26 nations worldwide including Indonesia, Philipines, Malaysia and Vietnam, PanNature joined the Consortium’s sharing and capacity building event with other CSOs, government agencies as well as some ethnic groups in Lombok, Indonesia. Lessons learnt from this event has brought PanNature more new ideas on ICCA.

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With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), PanNature has carried out feasibility study for a community-conserved protected area in Xin Man (Ha Giang province) in 2015.

Currently, PanNature is facilitating the Provisional ICCA Working Group in Vietnam (with the participation of Centre for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas, Department of Nature Conservation (under the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) FORWET and Fauna and Flora International.

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A workshop recently organized in Ha Giang province to share result of the Xin Man feasibility studies, challenges and opportunities for ICCA approach in Vietnam.

In addition, PanNature has carried out field feasibility studies for piloting ICCA models in Xin Man district (Ha Giang province) and in the Central Highlands. We’re working with partners to expand ICCA network in Vietnam, as well as promoting this approach through communication and policy activities. Under the new cooperation framework with the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, PanNature will work with relevant agencies to carry out research on the status and challenges for forests managed by communes’ authorities and opportunities to promote ICCA in the context of coming new Forestry Law.

PanNature and Vietnam Administration of Forestry Signed Cooperation Program

According to the agreed upon plan, PanNature and other organizations will cooperate on numerous activities to assist VNFOREST in implementing evidence-based research for the proposed Forest Law, which will replace the Law on Forest Protection and Development of 2004. PanNature will also support VNFOREST in establishing the Vietnam’s Forest Owners Association.

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Reporting on Mekong Dams – Science, Policies and Voices from the Ground

On November 10, BRIDGE financed a training workshop entitled Reporting on Mekong Dams – Science, Policies and Voices from the Ground in An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. It was organized by Pan Nature, a Vietnamese NGO, to brief journalists on the concerns and perspectives of local stakeholders on planned dams on the Mekong River. Thirty journalists from national and provincial newspapers and radio and television agencies in the delta attended, as will as representatives from academia and NGOs from Vietnam and other Mekong countries.

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Improving Environment Management in Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Archipelago

ecently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature organised the second Leadership Committee meeting of the Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance (HLCBA) in Hai Phong City to discuss improved environment management in Vietnam’s leading tourism attraction. Among the participants were leaders from Quang Ninh and Hai Phong People’s Committees, representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the US Embassy, represented by US Deputy Chief of Mission Susan Sutton, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and Agence Francaise de Development (AFD).

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Mining destroys local way of life

A recent report presented at a workshop held by the People and Nature Centre (PanNature) and the Viet Nam Mining Coalition showed that mining activities is a direct cause of hunger and poverty in localities.

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10 Reasons Why Climate Initiatives Should Not Include Large Hydropower Projects

Large hydropower projects are often propagated as a “clean and green” source of electricity by international financial institutions, national governments and other actors. They greatly benefit from instruments meant to address climate change, including carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), credits from the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, and special financial terms from export credit agencies and green bonds. The dam industry advocates for large hydropower projects to be funded by the Green Climate Fund, and many governments boost dams as a response to climate change through national initiatives. For example, at least twelve governments with major hydropower sectors have included an expansion of hydropower generation in their reports on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

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Vietnam needs better management of mineral resources

Vietnam needs to raise awareness of mineral resources and take measures to boost intensive processing in order to reduce losses and protect the environment, suggested experts at a seminar in Hanoi on December 3.

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Save the Mekong Statement Calling for Cancellation of The Don Sahong Dam

The Save the Mekong Coalition urges Mekong governments to take immediate action to cancel the Don Sahong Dam before construction begins at the end of November.

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Mekong River basin residents demand stop to upriver dams

Many people in Viet Nam, Thailand and Cambodia are demanding a stop to the construction of hydropower dams in the Mekong River basin, which they claim have destroyed their livelihoods.

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Immediate Release from Mekong People’s Forum

An Giang, Vietnam – More than 100 people gathered yesterday in An Giang, Vietnam for the historic Mekong People’s Forum: “Local Mekong People’s Voices: the message to Mekong governments on Mekong dams.” Participants included community members from the Tonle Sap lake, communities along the Mekong and 3S Rivers in Cambodia, from Northern and Northeastern Thailand’s communities along the Mekong and from An Giang, Dak Lak and Ca Mau, Vietnam. Most people have already experienced direct impacts from dams on the Mekong and its tributaries. The meeting marks the first time that communities from different Mekong countries have organized themselves to create a common platform from which to raise their concern regarding the impacts of existing and planned hydropower projects on the Mekong River.

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