Projects & Activities

Training course: “How to Tell Your Story in the Age of YouTube”

From 22 – 29 July 2011, Hoang Van Chien, reporter at PanNature’s ThienNhien.Net news website was offered to attend the training course “How to Tell Your Story in the Age of YouTube” organized by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the video production company Red Bridge.

The workshop aimed to improve capacity and skills of participants in using digital video cameras and visual language to produce short clips. After the course, participants will be able to use learned skills to report on an issue and/or promote their organization.

Participants of the training course.

There were 12 participants in this training course, including 6 journalists from national media agencies and 6 Vietnamese NGO staff.

During 8 days of the course, local and international trainers introduced different practical concepts and skills, including types of documentary films, documentary production process, camera theory and filming techniques.

Participants also learned steps and principles in editing and finalizing short video films.

By end of the course, participants also filmed and produced short video films and published on the Internet through YouTube channel.

PanNature and CERDA join the Partnership Steering Committee of FSSP

In response to the invitation letter (dated May 12th, 2011) from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Forest Sector Support Partnership (FSSP) Coordination Office, PanNature and CERDA (Center of Research & Development in Upland Area) are honored to join the Partnership Steering Committee of FSSP for the term of 2011 – 2015.

PanNature joins FSSP as a partnership member and a representative of local civil society in the Steering Committee.

PanNature and CERDA will represent local civil society as member and alternate member of the Steering Committee respectively.

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Seminar on Mining Laws and Transparency in Extractive Industries

The extractive industries bring about a significant source of revenues for Vietnam to boost its growth in recent decades. The government of Vietnam has devoted lot of efforts in managing oil, gas, and mineral resources for development through a number of policies and laws. The current Mining Law, which was promulgated in 1996 and revisited in 2005, is going to be revised and passed by the National Assembly during its two annual meeting sessions in 2010.

A coal mining site in Quang Ninh province. Photo courtesy of PanNature, 2009.

A coal mining site in Quang Ninh province. Photo courtesy of PanNature, 2009

Consultancy on Development (Code) and People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature)  have been working together to promote better governance of natural resources, including the extractive industries, toward the goal of sustainable development for Vietnam through research and advocacy activities. The Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) is one of leading non-partisan organizations working to promote good governance and further transparency of natural resources throughout the world. RWI also actively promotes and support the adoption the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in many countries.

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This seminar was co-organised in Hanoi on 12th October 2009 by three above-mentioned organisations with aim to share international experiences on mining legislation, transparency in the extractive industries, and Vietnam’s perspectives on these issues. Program Objective

  • Sharing international experience on best practices of mining laws and values of transparency in governing extractive industries;
  • Discussing the potentials and possibilities of promoting EITI principles in extractive industries and natural resources in Vietnam.

Venue Bengawan Solo Room, 1st Floor, Hanoi Horison Hotel 40 Cat Linh Street, Hanoi, Vietnam Seminar Materials

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Dialogue on River Basin Management in Vietnam

Under Strategic Goal No#1, the Dialogue on River Basin Management in Vietnam was held by the Vietnam Water Partnership (VNWP) in collaboration with People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) on 8th September 2009 in Nui Coc, Thai Nguyen. In attendance were 49 participants representative from the Water Resources Management Department of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE); the Department of Water Resources of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD); Institute for Water Resources Planning, Academy for Water Resources of MARD; Vietnam Mekong River Committee; representative from Department of Natural Resources Management (DONRE), Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) of Ho Chinh Minh and Da Nang cities, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Thai Nguyen provinces; JICA project on the Study for Water Environment Management on River Basins in Vietnam; professional associations, NGOs and scientists.

The objectives of the Dialogue are:

  • To be a platform for related stakeholders to discuss about the experiences and lesson learned from current River Basin Organization (RBO) in Vietnam and Southeast Asia countries;
  • To recommend on strengthening RBO in Vietnam context following IWRM approach in basins in order to contribute for implementing new Government Decree No. 120/2008/N?-CP on River Basin Management;
  • To heighten VNWP role in IWRM promotion.

Recommendations of the RBO follow by Decree No. 120/2008/N?-CP:

  • It is necessary to empower for RBO to manage water resources. RBO need to have enough human and financial resources or have mechanisms for financial attraction to ensure it’s operation smoothly
  • RBO should operate as a independent professional agency, complying with the national policies and legal framework. It also has power for technical recommendations which are basic to central and local governments for their decisions.
  • RBO should have mechanisms for stakeholder participation in the decision making process related to water resources development and management.
  • RBO Standing Office should have technical functions to ensure the water resources governance; objective relationship with local government; professional actions; finance allocated and locate within basin.

Source: GWP-SEA

Workshop on the Role of Civil Society Organizations in Economic and Social Development in Mountainous Areas

“The role of civil society organizations in economic and social development in mountainous areas” workshop was organized October 21st, 2008 in Hanoi by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), in collaboration with Institute for Social Research, Center for Promoting Development for Women and Children (DWC), Center for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas (CSDM), Centre of Research and Development in Upland Area (CERDA), and People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature).

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The objective of the workshop aims to enhance awareness and exchange views on the role of civil society organizations in socio-economic development at provincial level and support for ethnic minorities in mountainous areas. The workshop introduced an overview of civil society in Vietnam as well as mechanisms to help civil society organizations connect with other state agencies to contribute ideas, analysis and discussions on policies and laws relating to ethnic and development issues in mountainous areas.

Workshop participants

In addition, CSDM, CERDA, DWC and PanNature also presented their viewpoints, development methodologies, and specific examples from field projects in order to reflect the practical lessons on socio-economic development in mountainous areas and raising awareness of local communities on development issues. Throughout these presentations, different approaches of participating CSOs became clear. DWC uses a right-based approach with participation of local communities and available resources. CERDA begins by identifying difficulties of local communities and consequently concentrates on appropriate solutions. CSDM carries out their approach through establishing and developing networks in local communities, such as performance – communication groups, traditional medicine practitioner groups, and indigenous knowledge conservation and development groups. PanNature introduced their specific view on access to natural resources after forest land allocation. The workshop ended with a round table discussion on formulating civil society organization networks, capacity of these organizations, as well as approaches for developing and operating successful networks on ethnic and mountainous issues. By Hai Van

Notice: PanNature’s office phone number changed

As of 19 October 2008, the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) has changed all fixed phone number in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and other 53 provinces and cities by adding an extra number “3” at the beginning the current number. For more information, please visit http://www.vnpt.com.vn.

Our office numbers is automatically changed to: 04 3 556-4001 (phone) and 04 3 556-8941 (fascimile).

If you call from outside of Vietnam, our office phone number should be: ++84 4 3 556-4001; fascimile: ++84 4 3 556-8941.

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Facilitating Development of Local Environmental Protection Action Plans

In August and September 2008, PanNature conducted field surveys and organized environmental protection planning workshops in Bac Me and Hoang Su Phi districts of Ha Giang province within the framework of the Chia Se Project (Vietnam – Sweden Poverty Reduction Program, managed by the Ministry of Investment and Planning).

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Simple water filters bring clean water for villagers

This activity was firstly implemented from 30th April till 30th May 2008 in three villages namely, Khau lan (Quyet Tien commune), Lang Tan 2 (Thanh Van Commune), Lung Tam Thap (Lung Tam Commune) in Quan Ba district of Ha Giang province. It is part of the Environmental Awareness Piloting Programme implemented by PanNature for the Quan Ba District Integrated Community Development Project of Caritas Switzerland.

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Launching of the Publication “Field Guide to the Large Mammals of Vietnam”

People and Nature Reconciliation has launched the publication “Field Guide to the Large Mammals of Vietnam”. This publication is printed in both Vietnamese and English languages with financial support from the World Bank/Netherlands Partnership Program and the Sida Environment Fund (SEF).

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Journalist Worshop Discussed Development and Environmental Trade-off in Vietnam’s Context

In 29 and 30 of May 2008, in Luong Son district (Hoa Binh province), PanNature hosted the journalist workshop to share thoughts and experience with the media on the theme “Development and Environmental Trade-off in Vietnam’s Context” . Environmental experts and journalists got together, discussed and agreed that environmental values should not be sacrified merely for economic benefits.

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