Tag: Media and journalism

Workshop Looks to Expand Network of Wildlife Reporters in Vietnam

A refresher course for journalists on reporting about the conservation and rescue of wild animals began in the northern province of Vinh Phuc on May 21.

The two-day event aims to popularise the reality of and reasons for wildlife trafficking, as well as share experiences of reporters and experts and expand the network of journalists reporting on the issue.

It is organised by PanNature, a Vietnamese non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting and conserving diversity of life.

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Vietnam’s Social Media Shaping New Environmentalism

Pressure from the international donor community and local shareholders, resulted in some successful policy changes, but the new environmental laws failed to provide any legal enforcement to ensure compliance. In fact, five years ago the Environmental Performance Index listed Vietnam in the top ten worst countries for air pollution.

Because of Vietnam’s environmental enforcement weakness, a litany of damages to the land and water continues to mount: two thirds of Vietnam’s forests are in decline, mainly due to massive illegal logging; air pollution increases daily due to the growing number of motorbikes; wastewater is released untreated; and industrialization pollutes rivers and streams.

It’s no wonder that Vietnam has witnessed the emergence of prominent non-governmental organizations like People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), Centre for Water Resources Conservation and Development (WARECOD), ECO Vietnam Group, Green Innovation and Development Centre, and Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW), to name a few.

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Reporting on Mekong Dams – Science, Policies and Voices from the Ground

On November 10, BRIDGE financed a training workshop entitled Reporting on Mekong Dams – Science, Policies and Voices from the Ground in An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. It was organized by Pan Nature, a Vietnamese NGO, to brief journalists on the concerns and perspectives of local stakeholders on planned dams on the Mekong River. Thirty journalists from national and provincial newspapers and radio and television agencies in the delta attended, as will as representatives from academia and NGOs from Vietnam and other Mekong countries.

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Vietnamese plea to Thailand: Don’t divert the Mekong

PEOPLE in Vietnam hope Thailand will reconsider its plan to divert water from the Mekong – because it would seriously affect their ability to produce food.

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PanNature joins conservation groups to honor outstanding journalists and law enforcement officers for wildlife conservation efforts

Hanoi, April 22, 2013 – Today Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV), under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s ARREST Program, hosted Vietnam’s first national awards ceremony to honor five excellent individuals for their outstanding contributions to wildlife protection.

The Outstanding Service in Wildlife Protection Awards Ceremony, held at the Hilton Hanoi Opera hotel, recognized three law enforcement officers and two journalists, who were selected from more than 60 nominations received during 2012.

A panel of judges with representatives from the U.S. Embassy, ENV, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), TRAFFIC, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) selected the five award winners:

  • Mr. Tran Thanh Binh – Head of Lam Dong Forest Protection Department
  • Mr. Nguyen Van Duong – Deputy Head of Environmental Crime Prevention, Quang Ninh Police
  • Mr. Hoang Hai Van – Journalist with Thanh Nien Newspaper
  • Mr. Lam Hieu Nghia – Team Leader of Team Two, Division of Environmental Police, Ho Chi Minh City Police
  • Mr. Nguyen Duy Tuan – Journalist, VietnamNet Online Newspaper

“We are very proud to recognize these five individuals today,” said Ms. Vu Thi Quyen, Executive Director and Founder of ENV. “On any given day, the situation in Vietnam can look rather bleak for wildlife, but these award winners are some of our most valuable partners in the movement forward towards a better future for Vietnam’s wildlife. It is important that we show our appreciation for their efforts, for their dedication and commitment to making a difference, and for helping to transform the way we protect our rich natural heritage.”

US Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Claire Pierangelo, the ceremony’s guest of honor, praised the efforts of the award winners. “There is no quick fix for wildlife conservation,” she said. “But by working together, we – government, the international community, civil society, and individuals like today’s award winners – can protect Vietnam’s wildlife and eliminate the demand for trafficked goods.”


Mrs. Vu Thi Quyen,Executive Director and Founder of ENV, delivering the opening remarks. Photo: ENV.


Mr. Nguyen The Dong, Deputy Director General, Vietnam Environment Administration, MONRE, delivering a speech. Photo: ENV.


Mr. Taylor Tinney, Representative of US Embassy, delivering a speech. Photo: ENV.


Mr. Trinh Le Nguyen, Executive Director of PanNature, announcing the Outstanding Journalist Award. Photo: Xa Cam.

Read the full press release on ENV’s website here.

Source: ENV

Outstanding Achievement Awards for Wildlife Protection

In early 2013, Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) will host Vietnam’s first National Wildlife Protection Awards ceremony, to recognize the outstanding contribution by members of society towards efforts to protect wildlife. The Awards will be conducted in partnership with the United States Embassy, the Freeland Foundation, People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Vietnam, Traffic Southeast Asia-Greater Mekong Programme, IUCN Vietnam, Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Center.

“This event is about recognizing people who stand out as having a strong positive impact in protecting wildlife threatened by hunting and trade,” says Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung of ENV. “ENV and our partners feel that it is important that the excellent contribution by law enforcement, the media, and the public to protect wildlife is recognized.”

The awards are diversified into three major catergories, namely: Outstanding Enforcement Officer, Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Public Contribution. The nomination process will begin on 10th August 2012 and end at 5pm, 31st October 2012. The Award winners will be invited to a special Award Ceremony which will take place in March 2013.

Further information about the awards is AVAILABLE HERE or please contact Ms. Tran Thuy Duong of ENV at (84-4) 3514 8850 or giaithuongDVHD@gmail.com

Fuelled by Forests

The past 20 years in Vietnam have been remarkable. The economy has expanded by an average of 7 percent annually since the mid-1990s and according to the Vietnam Development Report 2011, “poverty has fallen drastically from 60 percent in 1993 to 14 percent in 2008”. In 2009, Vietnam was reclassified as a “lower-middle-income country”. But much of the economic expansion and inertia has been fueled by the use of domestic natural resources.

With its diverse topography and climates, Vietnam is home to 10 percent of the world’s vertebrate species and an incredible amount of biodiversity for a country that takes up only about one percent of the globe’s land mass. But forest cover nationally has dropped from 43 percent in 1943 to about 27 percent in 1990. As of 2009, the number rebounded to 40 percent, which is largely a result of investments in plantations. However, as IUCN’s Brunner puts it, “the area of quality forest is probably only five percent of total forest cover”.

Photo: PanNature.

Along with quality forests, Vietnam’s tiger population has also been wiped out and few believe the remaining roaming elephants will last much longer. Endemic species including the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, the saola and the Siamese crocodile are all dangling precariously on the brink of extinction. There have been signs of success, albeit limited to projects where there’s been long term foreign presence focusing on a restricted range species, like primates, or with captive breeding programmes such as at the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Centre.

“Vietnam has five of the 25 most endangered higher primates in the world. Just by knowing that you and your country have five particularly special primates is a great honour,” says Potess. “The Vietnamese population has to jump on the wagon and say ‘Yes! We are losing our national heritage.”

As of 2010, Vietnam was ranked 85 among 163 countries with respect to its environmental performance index, which measures countries’ “performance level relative to their established environmental policies targets”.

There’s plenty of blame to go around for the country’s huge depletion of its fauna and flora. Vast amounts of money are put into conservation efforts in Vietnam and about 15 percent of the country is classified as protected. According to Brunner, on a hectare basis, spending on Vietnam’s protected areas is among the highest in the world. But throwing money at a problem doesn’t appear to solve everything. Enormous projects funded by international donors are often inflexible. Policies often look good on paper, but enforcement at the ground level and park management is often ineffective. Throw into the mix that Asia’s economic rise has lead to the expansion of wildlife trafficking that feeds traditional medicine and culinary markets domestically and abroad, and it becomes clear that more is needed than good top-down intentions.

The nascent, but growing, domestic NGO sector will be a pivotal factor in Vietnam’s green future. While international NGOs are often instrumental in securing large funds for domestic projects, it’s the local organisations that are able to nurture vital grassroots movements and start dialogue at the official and communal level that are instrumental to any type of sustainable change.

“More organisations are emerging because now the registration process is quite easy and open,” says People and Nature Reconciliation’s executive director Trinh Le Nguyen. “Now it’s a matter of how to survive and how to actually do work and carry on [with] the mission of the organisation.”

At People and Nature Reconciliation, Nguyen and the 25 full-time staff members are instituting a multi-pronged, holistic strategy to protect the country’s biodiversity. Tasks include a news website, a nationally published policy review, managing field projects and hosting roundtable discussions with policymakers and Vietnamese think tanks.

“When we started, we needed a lot of capacity building and support from international groups,” says Nguyen. “In the future, we hope more domestic philanthropy organisations will look at the environment and conservation issues.”

While Nguyen admits the task at hand is enormous, he has hopes that greener days await in the future. Attendance from policymakers at their forums and roundtable discussions is on the rise. As the country’s middle class expands, Nguyen says young people are increasingly looking at ways to get involved and are concerned with the country’s environmental health.

Source: Word Hanoi

Free job and opportunity announcement service for NGOs

Dear friends and colleagues,

People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) has run the environmental news website ThienNhien.Net since the organization started. The website has its traffic of about 2 millions pageviews per year and increasing. We are maintaining a section in this site for NGO jobs and opportunities (http://www.thiennhien.net/category/viec-lam-co-hoi/).

If your organization has announcements about staff recruitment, workshops, events, etc. that you want us to help spread the words, please inform us via this email job@nature.org.vn. We would prefer to receive these announcements in Vietnamese language. In case these are available only in English, we will translate the headlines and brief contents into Vietnamese.

We offer this free service for both Vietnamese and international NGOs working in Vietnam.

If you have any comments or suggestions so that we can improve our news service better, please do tell us. We highly appreciate your cooperation.


WB/CEPF supervision mission to visit PanNature

From 14th to 18th June 2011, three representatives from the World Bank, Senior Biodiversity Specialist Ms Claudia Sobrevila, Valerie Hickey and Karen Azeez, Douglas J. Graham, Environment Coordinator for Vietnam and CEPF Grant Director Jack Tordoff undertook a supervision mission to Vietnam.

The occasion provided an opportunity for an update on project progress. They visited a number of grantees including Fauna and Flora International, People Resources and Conservation Foundation, People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) and met a representative from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment – the Global Environment Facility Focal Point in Vietnam.

On 16 June, the group visited Ba Be National Park in Bac Kan Province where they were updated by a PanNature staff about the organisation’s media work in the area and other project activities. They were able to see the threats to the lake, reported elsewhere in this issue, first hand. On the same day, the team saw tiger and bear body parts for sale in a local restaurant in Ra market township, about 15 kilometres from Ba Be National Park. This is covered in the below article by PanNature several days later (www.thiennhien.net).

Hoang Van Chien, reporter of PanNature’s ThienNhien.Net, in a trip to the core zone of Ba Be National Park in 2010. Photo: ThienNhien.Net/PanNature.

The following day, a visit was paid to the Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development (WARECOD) project site on community fisheries along the Gam River in Na Hang Province. The group observed a training provided by the Center on ecotourism communications skills to local fishermen.

Source: The Babbler No. 38

Karen Azeez writes more about the trip on WB’s Sustainable Development website. Click here to read the full post >>

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.

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