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Mekong Tipping Point – Vietnamese Version

This is the Vietnamese version of the 9 minute video analyzes the likely impact of building further dams along the mainstream Mekong dam in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Featuring Dr. Richard Cronin, Director of the Southeast Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, this video looks at the role of China, the importance of hydropower, and the implications of these new dams on the region’s bountiful wildlife. The English language video is available here: http://www.stimson.org/pub.cfm?id=871

Small and Medium Hydropower: Great Impacts on Environment but Less Supervision of Environmental Impact Assessment

This report is a result of the small research project supported as part of the fellowship program provided by the UNEP Eco-Peace Leadership Center for Ms. Do Thi Hai Linh, PanNature’s Communication Manager in 2006. The research was supervised by Dr. Jin Hong Kim Chung-Ang University.

Son Kim 1was the most damage by flooding in 2002. There was a whole village swept out in the flooding. Photo: UNEP-EPLC

Medium and small hydropower (MSH) development is booming in Vietnam in recent years. On one hand, MSH contribute to the national electricity grid to supplement energy for Vietnam’ industries. On the other hand, they cause a lot of severely negative impacts on natural and social environment.

Local communities play a vital role in the process of MSH planning, construction and operation. They may be either beneficiaries or victims of MSH development. Community consultation is a regulated requirement for environmental impacts assessment (EIA) for any MSH project in Vietnam. This adopts a grassroot democracy mechanism to minimize negative impacts that MSH might potentially affect local livelihood and community wealth. Community responses provide a significantly useful reference for decision makers to continue or terminate MSH project proposals.

However, some investors has ignored these requirements, or blind local communities due to their unadequate awareness to MSH impacts, or even some tries to violate or take advantage from gaps in EIA regulations to marginalise community consultation.

The survey was conducted in Son Kim 1 commune, Huong Son district, Ha Tinh province so as to address those concerns. The survey’s results showed not much difference between the assumption of the working group before the field trip and the fact. Local community were lacking awareness and understanding about the environmental and social impacts of MSH projects. They did not have enough capacity and opportunities to give feedbacks or consultation for MSH project.

Although giving some primary recommendations for Son Kim 1 situation, the working group should take deeper study to make this a tyical research that can be applicated in difference area and considered an example for the policy advocacy process.

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Education and Awareness Activities at Khau Ca Species and Habitat Conservation Area

PanNature is working with local schools and communities to raise awareness on conservation of the nature reserve, which is home to one of the most endangered primate species globaly – the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey.

These education and awareness activities are financially supported by the Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. PanNature works closely with Ha Giang Forest Protection Department and Fauna and Flora Internation (FFI) in promoting conservation of the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey.

http://picasaweb.google.com/PanNature01/EducationAwarenessActivitiesAtKhauCa

PanNature’s mammal field guide now available in VDIC Bookstore

The book “A Field Guide to the Large Mammals of Vietnam” is a joint effort between PanNature and Dr. John Parr. The contents of this field guide have been based upon available literature and records from mammalian research on mammals in Vietnam and neighboring countries. The species plates in this publication are illustrated by two outstanding wildlife artists in Southeast Asia, Kamol Komolphalin and Mongkol Wongkalasin. Click here for more information about the field guide.


I strongly believe this Field Guide will be an excellent resource for all readers, not only for those working in nature conservation but for scientists, students and nature enthusiastists. It is my great pleasure to introduce this Field Guide to all of you and to offer my thanks and congratulations to all those involved in its preparation.” — Professor Vo Quy, Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES), Hanoi National University.

This field guide in English and Vietnamese languages is now available for sale in the bookstore of the Vietnam Development Information Center (VDIC). For more information, please visit VDIC Bookstore >>

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Photos of Project Activities in Hang Kia – Pa Co Nature Reserve

Photos of activities within the project “Piloting Integrated Market Access in Support of Nature Conservation: Improving Livelihoods of Local Communities in the Buffer Zone for Reducing Human Impacts on Natural Resources in Hang Kia – Pa Co Nature Reserve, Hoa Binh Province” funded by the blue moon fund.

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Literature Review: Community-based Water Resource Management in Vietnam

This report reviews current literature by local and international researchers on communitybased water management in Vietnam available in both Vietnamese and English. Due to limited access to all sources of information in a short period of time, we have not covered all aspects of this issue. The key findings in this report sum up the major research work that our team has carried out.

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Community behaviours towards nature conservation: A theoretical analysis for practical approaches

Changing community behaviors has been long recognized as both purpose and outcome of any communication, awareness and education programmes towards conservation and management of natural resources. Based on a literature review, this article presents critical analysis and discussion of basic understandings about community behavior, and its relations to knowledge and attitude matters in nature conservation.

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Sarus Crane – Symbol of Peace

This is the first book to be published on the Eastern Sarus Crane Grus antigone sharpii. The book is published by PanNature and a professional photographer Minh Loc. The book presents over 300 wonderful colored photographs photographs taken by Minh Loc.

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Experiential Environmental Learning Manual for Primary and Middle School Teachers

PanNature worked with Hanoi Environmental Education Project to develop the Experiential Environmental Learning Manual for primary and middle school teachers. This manual ambitiously aims at providing primary and middle school teachers with unique and hands-on tools for carrying out experiential EE for their students.

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The Poor, Agro-forestry Products, and the Market

Over 85% of protected areas and national parks in Vietnam are situated in rural and remote areas, where the poverty rate still remains high. Local communities living in these areas depend heavily on natural resources for livelihoods. PanNature looks at the case in Hang Kia – Pa Co Nature Reserve in Hoa Binh province to find solutions for linking the poor with the market. Findings from this research project will help PanNature formulate an intervention project to improve livelihoods of local people while protecting the nature reserve.

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