Save the Mekong Coalition Boycott of the Pak Lay Dam Prior Consultation Process

Save the Mekong, a coalition of non-government organizations, community-based groups and concerned citizens within the Mekong region, announces our intention to boycott the Mekong River Commission’s Prior Consultation process for the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project in Laos. Pak Lay is the fourth dam on the lower Mekong mainstream.

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Forest Governance Reforms Needed in the Region

In Vietnam natural forests belong to the state, the condition which restrains local people access to special-use and forest protection. At the same time, overlaps in land use rights occur in many protected areas, stimulating illegal logging and affecting land uses by local communities, a panellist from Vietnam’s PanNature said. 

Giving people tenure to the land is seen as a way to help secure people’s rights to the forests, and Pan has been working in Vietnam to influence the government’s policies by offering recommendations and new models such as co forest management for community forests. 

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Recap of CSO Forum on Social Forestry in ASEAN

he 7th Annual Meeting of the CSO Forum on Social Forestry in ASEAN is being held in Da Nang, Vietnam on 24-25 June 2018 with the theme “Sustaining Collaborative and Innovative People-centered Actions and Contributions in NDCs and the Sustainable Development Goals”

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Save the Mekong Statement on the Collapse of the Xe Pian – Xe Nam Noy Hydropower Project

Save the Mekong, a coalition of non-government organizations, community-based groups and concerned citizens within the Mekong region, wish to express our shock and concern at the recent collapse of the Xe Pian – Xe Nam Noy hydropower project in Laos, and our deep condolences to communities affected by this tragedy, both in southern Laos and downstream in Cambodia.

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Experts discuss forest protection, rehabilitation

Experts discussed issues related to conditions and factors to promote natural forest restoration in localities and contribute to ensuring ecological security and minimising damage caused by natural disasters and floods during a conference held yesterday in Hà N?i. The conference was held by the Centre for People and Nature (PanNature).

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Suggested ways for sustainable tourism development in Son Tra Peninsula

Last Saturday, the 1st international workshop on biodiversity conservation and sustainable tourism development in the central region and highlands took place in Da Nang.. It was jointly organised by the municipal Union of Science and Technology Associations, the Nuoc Viet Xanh (GreenViet) Biodiversity Conservation Centre, the Centre for Humans and Nature (PanNature), and the Environment and Biological Resource Teaching Research Team of the Da Nang University (DN-EBR).

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Statement of the Save the Mekong Coalition  Regarding the Pak Lay Dam Notification

On 13 June, the Government of Laos formally notified the Mekong River Commission (MRC) of its intention to construct the Pak Lay dam on the mainstream of the Mekong River. The notification triggers the Prior Consultation procedure under the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) of the 1995 Mekong Agreement. Pak Lay is the fourth Mekong mainstream dam to be submitted for the procedure. 

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Support designation of sacred forests as protected areas in Vietnam

PanNature is working to gain legal recognition of thousands of sacred forests in Vietnam as part of the national protected area system through revisions to the Forest Protection (2017) and Development Law (FPDL) and Biodiversity Law (2018).  Hoang Xuan Thuy, vice director of the NGO PanNature, which is headquartered in Hanoi, a member of the Vietnam Union of Sciences and Technology Associations and part of the ICCA Consortium/ Global Forest Coalition, of group PanNature seeks help in ensuring that all sacred forests in Vietnam, and not only large ones, will be recognized in new laws enabling sacred forests to be designated as part of the national protected area system. This article is seeking your input and advice.

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Lesson Learnt on Tourism Development in National Parks and Nature Reserves

On July 21th, 2018, in Danang, People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) in collaboration with Da Nang Union of Science & Technology Associations, GreenViet Biodiversity Conservation Centre (GreenViet) and Environment & Biological Resource Teaching Research Team (DN-EBR) organized the first international workshop on “Biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Central and Highlands”, with the 2018 topic is “Lesson learnt on tourism development in National Parks and Nature Reserves”.

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Workshop “Strengthening Policies and Financing for Sustainable Development of Longer Rotation Forest Plantation in Vietnam”

On June 23-24, PanNature collaborated with International Union for Conservation of Nature Netherlands (IUCN NL), organized workshop “Strengthening Policies and Financing for Sustainable Development of Longer Rotation Forest Plantation in Vietnam”.

The workshop has created a forum among enterprises, investors, forest plantation households, experts and governance agencies to identify challenges and propose policies on investment and finance support for developing large timber and longer rotation forest plantation in Vietnam, aiming at economically and environmentally sustainable forest landscape development.

Panel discussion in the worksho. Photo: PanNature

Field trip to plantation forest in Hoa Vang, Da Nang. Photo: PanNature

On June 24th, the delegates visited a forest plantation household in Hoa Phu commune, Hoa Vang district, Da Nang province.  

Workshop Agenda

Introduction of IUCN Netherlands 

Jan Willem, IUCN Netherlands

Over view on Policies and Opportunities of Large Timber Forest Plantation in Vietnam (Vietnamese)

Dr. Bui Chinh Nghia, Department of Forestry Production Development 

Large timber plantation – Experiences and Results (Vietnamese)

Tien Phong Forestry Company

Turning small timber plantation forest into large timber plantation forest – Experiences from Agriculture Extension Projects and Recommendations (Vietnamese)

National Agriculture Extension Center 

Large timber planatation policies challenges in Vietnam (Vietnamese)

Finance Support – Forest restoration projects, forest plantation for saw log timber 

Mrs. Le Thuy Anh – Project Coordinator KfW Hanoi Office

The Climate-Smart Credit System for Agri-Lenders – Obadiah Ngigi, Co-founder-F3 Life

The IKEA linkage model in Viet Nam: Actual situation and options to improve timber industry value chain

 Mr. Nguyen Vinh Quang, To Xuan Phuc, Naomi Basik Treanor, Nguyen Ton Quyen, Cao Thi Cam

Linkage between wood treatment company and forest plantation households: Elevating value chain in timber industry (Vietnamese)  

VIFORES, ForestTrends

Brief Report on the event

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