Illegal wildlife trade is a major conservation problem in Vietnam. As a mitigating strategy, PanNature organized 19 field media investigation trips across 23 provinces in the country, as well as one trip across the Vietnam-Laos border, accompanied by more than 60 journalists. Journalists were able to observe tragedies with wildlife species firsthand. This effort generated more than 110 newspaper articles and stories, raising awareness of the issue among the public.
From 10 to 12 Jun, PanNature in collaboration with WWF Vietnam organized a training workshop on testing questionnaires for Forest Governance Monitoring System (FGMS). The training was followed by piloting data collection in relevant governmental agencies and communities in Quang Nam province.
This event is part of a series of activities carried out in order to establish an FGMS for non-state actors (NSA) to monitor and strengthen forest landscape governance. The organizations will assess and develop effective FGMS that can build the capacity of NSAs to generate reliable information using GIS/web-based systems, and mobile technology to pilot FGMS in Quang Nam province.
The training participants are representatives from social organizations, forestry cooperatives, and management boards of nature reserves in Quang Nam.
In the workshop, a questionnaire for data collection was introduced to and discussed by participants. For testing the questionnaire, data collection was implemented in Quang Nam with relevant agencies and communities including DARD, Provincial Forest Protection Department, Forest Protection Fund, Forest Protection Division, Division of Agriculture, management boards of Nam Giang, Song Thanh Nature Reserve, Communal People’s Committees of Ta Bhing, La Dee, and households in Ta Bhing Commune.
The workshop is a part of the EU-funded Voice for Mekong Forests (V4MF) Project, which aims to support NSAs to effectively participate in forest governance. For that, the project has developed a set of forest governance monitoring indicators as a tool to support NSAs. Currently, the indicators are in a testing phase and expected to be completed and started to operate by the end of 2020.
|The V4MF project, which aims to strengthen the role of NSAs in forest governance in the Mekong region, is implemented in 5 countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. In Vietnam, the project is implemented in four districts of Quang Nam province, including Phuoc Son, Nam Tra My, Tay Giang, and Nam Giang. In Vietnam, RECOFTC, WWF Vietnam, and PanNature are in charge to run the project.