VRG has actively cooperated with a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as PanNature, Oxfam in Vietnam and UN-REDD+ Vietnam to survey several member companies in Laos, Cambodia that aim to build and apply "Guidelines for voluntary risk reduction in agricultural investment abroad" VRG is also trying to cooperate with some other NGOs on re-issuing FSC certificates.
Recently, The Inspectorate General of Finance, responded to People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), Vietnam Mining Coalition’s coordination unit, about the coalition’s petition to stop Thach Khe iron mine project, sent to leadership of the party, the national essembly, the government and ministries, boards and branches on January 17th, 2019.
From 13 to 19 January 2019, People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) staff organized a visit for the representatives of Dak Lak Union of Science and Technology Associations, Dak Rong Forestry Ltd. Co, Tram Lap Forestry Ltd. Co, and the representatives of the community in Ea Noul, Buon Don, Dak Lak to Lomphat Reserve in Ratanakiri province and Siem Pang Western Reserve in Stung Teng province, Cambodia.
Based on the results of field research and survey combined with expert consultation in the mineral field, on January 17th 2019, Vietnam Mining Coalition sent a petition about stopping the iron mine project and closing the mine in Thach Khe to leadership of the Communist Party, the National Essembly, as well as relevant ministries, boards and branches of Vietnam’s government.
Forestry experts are optimistic about the future in Vietnam, largely thanks to community-based forest management. The model is developing extensively in the country, and experts have lauded its ability to increase forest recover, limit deforestation and create income from forests for local people. Nguyen Viet Dung from PanNature, a Vietnamese not-for-profit organisation that works to protect nature, said at recent seminar in Hanoi: “People’s participation in forest conservation and management is very important.”