The Covid 19 pandemic has been upended the world for the last two years, causing dramatic losses of human lives and social and economic disruption. Along with immeasurable losses, the pandemic has also entailed socio-economic changes and humanity's perception of the world we are dwelling in. The virus that causes the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to originate from wild animals. Although this is not a firm conclusion up to this point, it is a deeper warning than ever about the human way of life, which exploits nature indiscriminately, causes ecosystems to deteriorate, and leads to irreversible damages.
Since 2015, PanNature has started an initiative engaging Vietnamese private sector to leverage their social and environmental responsibilities in oversea agricultural investment, which aims to contribute to more sustainable investment and development in Mekong region.
PanNature and its core partner Oxfam Vietnam, Vietnam Chamber of Commercial and Industries (VCCI) and a group of business sector developed the Voluntary Safeguard Guidelines for Vietnamese outward investors in 2016 and have been piloting the guidelines application. Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) and Daklak Rubber Investment Joint Stock Company (DRI) are pioneers on piloting in their projects in Laos and Cambodia.
Quasa-Geruco Rubber Joint Stock Company (Quasa Geruco) – a member of VRG and Dak Lak Rubber Limited Company (Daklaoruco) – a member of DRI have invested in rubber plantation in Savannakhet and Champasak province, Laos while Krong Buk Ratanakiri Aphivath Caoutchouc Co., Ltd (KRRC) – a member of VRG has also done the same in Ratanakiri province. They all are implementing their action plans on community development, building skills and looking for collaboration with local NGO partners working on development themes.
On December 10th, 2018 in Vientiane, Laos and on December 18, 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, PanNature organized the meetings to connect our business partners in piloting program with NGOs to strengthen the exchange dialogue between NGOs and Vietnamese private sectors and open an opportunity for further collaboration.
This meeting is organized with a financial support from Oxfam.
Meeting documents are as follow:
Ms. Nguyen Hoang Phuong, Research and Policy Department, PanNature
Mr. Tran Minh – Director of Technology and Environment Department, Vietnam Rubber Group
Ms. Tran Thi Thuy Hoa, Rubber Reseacher
Mr. Tran Ngoc Lanh. Deputy General Director, Krong Buk Ratanakiri Ltd
Ms. Nguyen Thi Hai, Deputy General Director, DRI