Video: Expert Commentaries on Mekong Hydropower Development (3)

Interviewed Mrs Premrudee Daorung (Toward Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance – TERRA, Thailand) on Mekong Hydropower Development.

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Video: Expert Commentaries on Mekong Hydropower Development (1)

Interviewed Mrs Ame Trandem (International Rivers) on Mekong Hydropower Development.

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Video: Expert Commentaries on Mekong Hydropower Development (2)

Interviewed Mr Senglong Youk (Fisheries Action Coalition Team – FACT, Campuchia) on Mekong Hydropower Development.

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Video: GAL – The Path to Equity in East Asia

Oxfam has engaged in the implementation of Gender Action Learning (GAL) Since September 2014. In partnership with Gender@work, Oxfam had put many efforts to bring three local NGO partners of Oxfam from Cambodia and Vietnam (PanNature) to participate in a training program-“Gender Action Learning or (GAL)”. This video is to highlight the significant learning of GAL process and how this initiative supports Oxfam and partners to bring gender justice to the next level and to build their confidence, knowledge and skills so that they could bring about changes in their lives and in their communities.

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Video: What our villagers love most!

The short film which was produced by PanNature, talked about system of rice intensification (SRI) model in Pu Tuu Commune, Dien Bien District, Dien Bien Province.

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Video: Public Participation in EIA

MPE had a chance to interview the RTWG members on their opinions about Public Participation in EIA, national experiences and their visions towards the work of the RTWG on EIA.

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Missing Water – A Mekong Story

The story is produced by PanNature with support from the McArthur Foundation and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).

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The Vietnamese State and Administrative Co-Management of Nature Reserves

Special-use forests (SUFs) are natural protected areas established to conserve the nature and biodiversity of Vietnam. Although the number of SUFs in Vietnam has increased over the years, biodiversity and forest density continues to decline. The Special-Use Forest system of protected area management has been implemented in accordance with ideas of wilderness areas and no-use regimes , and strongly relies on the capacity of state agencies, forest rangers, the military, and police. The state-based preservation of natural resources and biodiversity in SUF areas has been variously evaluated as deficient in a number of areas, including managing conflict between multiple user groups. To overcome these deficiencies, Vietnam has piloted co-management approaches in many SUFs since 2001, and as of 2003 included co-management in its official national strategy for SUF management.

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ASEAN’s special role in managing energy decisions

Mekong countries’s chronic shortage of electricity which threatens to stymie economic growth, could be eased by pushing for acceleration of plans by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for a regional power grid. Cross-border electricity swaps are growing as the 10-country bloc moves towards the goal of a single market by the end of 2015. And hydropower is among those plans. However, Damming the Mekong River can causes widespread controversy in South East Asia. Lower Sesan 2 dam on Mekong river in Cambodia is a typical example.

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Environmental and Social Index for Provincial REDD+ Planning and Implementation in Vietnam

In this context, the Provincial REDD+ Environmental and Social Index (RESI) was developed by the by People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) in collaboration with the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES, Vietnam National University in Hanoi), and Tropenbos International in Vietnam (TBI), with technical support from Dr. Pamela McElwee (Rutgers University, USA). Developed from 2012 to 2015, this index assesses local environmental and social conditions and highlights particular advantages and potential risks in implementing REDD+ at the provincial level.

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