Projects & Activities

Workshop: Environmental and Social Index for Developing and Monitoring the Provincial REDD+ Action Plan!

In 2013 and 2014, RESI tool had been tested in Lam Dong and piloted in 04 provinces: Son La, Dien Bien, Kon Tum and Kien Giang. In order to introduce RESI tool and share outcomes of piloted assessment, PanNature in collaboration with the project partners will organize the consultation workshop on Environmental and Social Index for Developing and Monitoring the Provincial REDD+ Action Plan

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Training on sustainable uses and management of forest for women in Son La province

From 7th to 10th July 2015, a short training on sustainable uses and management of forest was specifically designed and organized for members of Women Union in Chieng Xuan and Xuan Nha commune, Van Ho district, Son La province, aiming at enhancing the capacity and participation of local women in utilization and management of forest and associated resources.

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Field study: Ethnic women’s role in management and utilization of forest resources

In order to promote gender equality in management and utilization of forest resources PanNature conducts Project Improve role of ethnic women in forest management and their fair access to forest resources in Xuan Nha Nature Reserve, Son La province. The project is supported by GREEN Mekong Chalange Fund and implemented from February to August 2015.

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Launching “The Framework for Extractive Industries Governance in ASEAN”

Hanoi, December 5th, 2014 – People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), in cooperation with Institute Essential Service Reform (IESR), organized a half-day workshop on “Launching the regional framework on EI governance”.

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REDD+ Piloting in Vietnam Profiled at National Workshop

The Asia-Pacific Community Carbon Pools and REDD+ Programme celebrated successes and learnings last month at the team’s National Vietnam workshop in Hanoi. The July 10 event ‘REDD+ and Community Forestry: the Practices and Perspectives’ was facilitated by People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) in cooperation with Kon Tum’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI). The workshop attracted an attendance of 65 participants from 35 organisations, particularly those who are involved in REDD+ development and implementation in Vietnam.

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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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CSO, EM Elect Representatives to FEB

On 28 March 2014, Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) and Center for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas (CSDM) – two interim representatives of CSO and EM – co-hosted the meeting on electing civil society organizations (CSO) and ethnic minorities (EM) representatives for Programme Executive Board (PEB) of UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme.

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Vietnamese take active part in ASEAN people’s forum

A large group of Vietnamese attended the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum 2014 held in Yangon on March 21st-23rd, where they took an active part in various plenaries, workshops and side events.

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World Wildlife Day

On March 3, the U.S. Embassy’s American Center Hanoi organized an event to celebrate the first globally recognized World Wildlife Day. More than sixty Vietnamese youth attended the program that began with a short, thought-provoking film on wildlife conservation practices in the United States. The film is the fifth, and final, part of a series on environmental issues, produced by Vietnamese broadcast journalists through the PAS-sponsored TV Coop program. The series was aired on national TV and is scheduled to be aired again soon.

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Active Policy Progress at REDD+ ASEAN Workshop

ASEAN delegates active at Regional Workshop on Community Forestry and REDD+ Policy Development in Hanoi, Vietnam

“There are some interesting lessons we can learn from REDD+ in Indonesia – REDD is not only about payments for carbon, it is also about improved forest governance. We can achieve multiple benefits in terms of the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, such as watersheds and ecotourism, and social benefits such as improved land tenure and greater rights for communities.”

These were key observations highlighted by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Indonesia’s Mr Ahmad Kusworo at FFI’s Regional REDD+ Programme’s second ASEAN Workshop on Community Forestry and REDD+ Policy Development, which ran from 13-15 November 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The workshop was hosted by programme partners, the Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) and PanNature.

More than 50 active participants (programme officers, government representatives and local community leaders) from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam contributed to the productive workshop by sharing lessons and future strategies for REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, plus enhancement of forest carbon stocks).

The Indonesian workshop delegation of seven comprised of: from West Kalimantan Province, Joannes Prabani Setioharnowo (Head of Forestry Office, Ketapang District), Ms Yanta (Community Forestry Forum) and Mr Imanul Huda (Director, People Resource and Conservation Foundation, Indonesia Programme); and from Jambi Province, Ms Emmy Primadona (REDD Coordinator, Indonesian Conservation Community/WARSI).

The Cambodian delegation of 10 comprised of: from Siem Reap Province, Mr Marina Prak (Forestry Administration Deputy Cantonment Chief for Siem Reap Province), Mr Neron Neak (District Governor, Varin District), Mr Nga Mao (Community Forestry Management Committee leader for Tbeng Leak Community Forest), and Mr Vuthy Mao (His Excellency Deputy Governor of Siem Reap Province); Mr Delux Chhun (Deputy Chief of Forest Carbon and Climate Change Office, Forestry Administration); and Mr Pheakkdey Nguon (Doctoral Candidate, Clark University, Massachusetts).

The Philippines delegation of 12 comprised of programme officers, government representatives and local community leaders including: Mr Alexis Lapiz (Philippines Climate Change Commission/CCC); Mr Mark de Claro (Department of Environment and Natural Resources); and Ms Conchita Calzado (tribal leader, Agta-Dumagat-Remontado).

REDD-Workshop-02aThe Vietnam delegation of 23 consisted of national and provincial government representatives including: Mr Nguyen Kim Phuong (Vice Director of the Kontum Department of Agriculture and Rural Development); local community leaders from Hieu Commune; and managers and REDD+ experts from the World Agroforestry Centre, Forest Trends, the UN-REDD (Phase II) Programme and local NGOs. At the workshop, Dr Pham Manh Cuong, Vietnam REDD+ National Programme Director, provided a valuable update about REDD+ policy developments in Vietnam and hosted an open dialogue with participants.

The Regional REDD+ Programme is managed by FFI, working in partnership with NTFP-EP and PanNature, and is chiefly funded by the European Union (EU) with support from the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).

FFI Regional Programme Manager, Mr Rob Harris said the Hanoi workshop was an excellent opportunity to network with government, community and non-governmental organisation representatives who were responsible for actively carrying out REDD+ policy activities.

“The workshop, and following visit to the Vietnam project site in Kontum Province, will strengthen future collaborations in a very effective way for the direction of the REDD+ Programme,” Mr Harris said.

“There was a dynamic exchange of ideas between the ASEAN countries – everyone wanted to find out what issues had been highlighted and apply this knowledge to their own country strategies and pass on their experiences to others.”

Regional REDD+ pilot projects are operating in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, with the long-term aim to effectively reduce carbon emissions while providing benefits to forest-dependent people.

Mr Harris said the programme was driven by the aim to create performance-based payments – to pay forest owners to protect their forest resources and therefore reduce emissions.

“Such payment for environmental services can only succeed with clearly defined land tenure and carbon rights, so the REDD+ Programme works to improve and strengthen forest governance, by ensuring that the tenurial rights of indigenous and forest-dependent communities are incorporated into the decision-making process,” he said.

“REDD+ needs a broad set of policies that include institutional reforms in the areas of governance, tenure, decentralisation and community forest management.

“The programme strives to build the capacity of local communities and country governments to actively participate in REDD+ pilot projects and channel lessons into policy contributions at international, national and regional levels.”


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