With financial support from the Embassy of New Zealand in Vietnam, through the Manaaki New Zealand Alumni Scholarship Fund (MNZAF), Ms. Ngan Le, one New Zealand Alumnus, together with her non-government organization - the Center for People and Nature (PanNature), organized a series of training sessions to "Promoting the role of indigenous women in farming and eco-friendly agribusiness" from May to October 2022. The targeted beneficiaries are 15 Thai and Hmong women who are members of the Xuan Nha Commune Women's Union currently participating in an existing model or planning to do business with organic agricultural products in Xuan Nha commune.
On 7 January 2016, PanNature was delighted to be one among nearly 100 members of the Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCA) Consortium.
The ICCA Consortium is an international association dedicated to promoting the appropriate recognition of and support to ICCAs in the regional, national and global arena. It is comprised of Members (Indigenous People Organisations (IPOs) and Community-based Organisations (CBOs) and civil society organisations working with IPs/LCs) and Honorary members (individuals with relevant concerns and expertise relating to ICCAs). As a global institution, the Consortium is collaborating with the CBD Secretariat, GEF SGP, UNEP WCMC, IUCN, research and advocacy organisations, and UN mechanisms promoting human and IP and LC rights.
In recent years, PanNature has carried out a number of cooparation activities with other members of the ICCA Consortium. In August 2015, under Global ICCA Support Initiative (GIS) which supports promoting ICCA in at least 26 nations worldwide including Indonesia, Philipines, Malaysia and Vietnam, PanNature joined the Consortium’s sharing and capacity building event with other CSOs, government agencies as well as some ethnic groups in Lombok, Indonesia. Lessons learnt from this event has brought PanNature more new ideas on ICCA.
Currently, PanNature is facilitating the Provisional ICCA Working Group in Vietnam (with the participation of Centre for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas, Department of Nature Conservation (under the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) FORWET and Fauna and Flora International.
In addition, PanNature has carried out field feasibility studies for piloting ICCA models in Xin Man district (Ha Giang province) and in the Central Highlands. We’re working with partners to expand ICCA network in Vietnam, as well as promoting this approach through communication and policy activities. Under the new cooperation framework with the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, PanNature will work with relevant agencies to carry out research on the status and challenges for forests managed by communes’ authorities and opportunities to promote ICCA in the context of coming new Forestry Law.