Publications

Publishing guidance on pines

Recently, People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) has published the guidance on pines in the mountains of Mai Chau – Moc Chau  to provide specific information and updates on Pinopsida plants, collectively referred to as the coniferous flora in the mountains area bordering provinces of Hoa Binh and Son La .

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The publications have provided information on the new pine species on the mountains of Moc Chau District, such as Pinus affarmandii  – the newly discovered species in this area; communities of Cephalotaxus mannii and Amentotaxus yunnanensis. These are the first species that have been found in this area. In addition, the publications also provide specific guidance to breed conifers in nursery conditions by breeding methodscompatible to the species.

This guidanceis crucial to the conservation of natural resources in general and to the conservation of conifers in particular as the limestone corridors Hoa Binh – Son La, namely Mai Chau – Moc Chau mountain is one of the areas of high value for biodiversity.  However, information on the species as well as the conservation of endangered species in this area has not been adequately studied and properlyconcerned.

Source: MONRE

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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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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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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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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