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Video: Co-management of special-use forests in Vietnam – Part II

Part II “Community Participation in Management of Special-use Forests” of the series “Co-management of special-use forests in Vietnam” produced by VTV2 in collaboration with PanNature and FFI. The series features efforts to promote co-management of forests by PanNature and FFI in the field, as well as at national policy level. This is part of a joint project implemented by PanNature and FFI with generous funding from the European Union and the Ford Foundation.

Video: Co-management of special-use forests in Vietnam – Part I

Part I “Communities and Forest” of the series “Co-management of special-use forests in Vietnam” produced by VTV2 in collaboration with PanNature and FFI. The series features efforts to promote co-management of forests by PanNature and FFI in the field, as well as at national policy level. This is part of a joint project implemented by PanNature and FFI with generous funding from the European Union and the Ford Foundation.

62 Poorest Districts in Vietnam

Map and information about poorest districts in Vietnam defined in the Resolution No. 30a on Speedy and Sustainable Poverty Reduction Programme For the 61 Poor Districts. For more information about each district, please click on the location symbol.


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Viet Nam’s Forestry Sector and Environmental Sustainability

Maintaining and increasing forest coverage is identified as one aspect of ensuring sustainable development of Viet Nam in the country’s strategies. Viet Nam has seen the reversed trend in forest coverage loss since 1995 after decades of war and timber extraction for economic purposes. While there’s still controversy about quality of remaining and new forests, the statistical quantity of forest coverage looks promising.

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River basin management in Vietnam: Power and challenges

This policy discussion report is initiated, revised and completed by PanNature’s Policy Research Department under professional instructions of Dr Dao Trong Tu, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Resources Development and Adaptation to Climate Change(CEWAREC), Advisor to Vietnam Rivers Network and Member of Global Water Partnership Southeast Asia (GWPSEA).

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PanNature on Hanoi TV

PanNature was featured on Hanoi TV on the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2012. Three senior staff shared their thoughts and perspectives on conservation and environmental protection work that PanNature is carrying out.

Policy Review QIV/2011, English Edition

During the last quarter of 2011, many important events and policies related to environmental protection, climate change, and efficient use of natural resources were discussed and decided. At the global level, one of the most significant events is the 17th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-17), which was taking place from November 28th to December 11th, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, the Government has promulgated important strategies for combating climate change and governing mineral resources.

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Policy Review QIII/2011, English Edition

In the 3rd quarter of 2011, more than 50 legal and administrative documents on natural resources, environmental management and sustainable development in Vietnam were released by government agencies. Main issues addressed by these documents include plans, proposals and measures in forest protection, planning of key national parks, institutionalizing technical tools for environmental management, tightening mining management, energy saving and adopting new administrative penalties, taxes and fees for natural resources and environmental management.

Video Report on the Roundtable on Mekong Dams

A news report by VTC about the policy roundtable “Mainstream Mekong Dams: Implications on Livelihoods, Food Security and Regional Stability” organized by PanNature and the Institute of Legislative Studies (a research body of the National Assembly of Vietnam) on 4th October 2011.

Policy Review – Quarter II/2011

During the second quarter of 2011, 51 legal documents related to natural resources and environment sector were either promulgated or put into effect. Most of these documents focus on environmental management and pollution control. Noticeably, the Decree No.29/2011/ND-CP was promulgated on the 18th of April, 2011 providing strategic environment assessment, environmental impact assessment and commitment to environment protection.

The Decree No.29/2011/ND-CP came into effect on June 5th 2011, and replaces various articles related to strategic environment assessment (SEA), environmental impact assessment (EIA) and commitment to environment protection in Decree No.80/2006/ND-CP and Decree No.21/2008/ND-CP. Overall, this decree is one of the efforts made by the government to tighten regulations on environmental impact assessment for development projects.

The new decree has changed the minimum scale and size of various projects on the list subject to the implementation of EIA. Some typical examples include hydropower projects with a reservoir capacity over 100,000 m3 (while the old regulation required a minimum capacity of over 300,000 m3), solid mineral mining projects with a capacity over 50,000 m3 per year (while the old regulation was over 100,000 m3 per year), and all cement product projects (the previous regulation required a minimum of 300,000 tons per year).

In addition, there are changes in the appraisal and approval process of EIA reports. According to the old regulations, the responsibilities of appraisal and approval of EIA reports were only given to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) or the Provincial People’s Committees. However, in the new legislation, depending on each specific project, these responsibilities will be delegated to other ministries. For examples, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Public Security will appraise all projects related to security and defense while MONRE has the authority to appraise 11 other types of projects, including oil refining, land reclamation, hazardous waste and nuclear electricity projects.

While the Decree No.29/2011/ND-CP has provided strict adjustments made in the implementation of environmental impact assessment, corporate responsibilities and community consultation in the project development process, it still remains flawed. In particular, the entrustment of other ministries, ministerial and governmental agencies with the authority to appraise EIA reports of their own projects will make it difficult to ensure the objectiveness of the appraisal process. (For more details, please see page 6 of this Policy Review).

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