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Special Report: Civil society increasingly shapes forest laws in the Mekong region

On September 1, 2020,  RECOFTC (Regional Community Forestry Training Center) released a new report titled “Civil society increasingly shapes forest laws in the Mekong region”, focusing on how countries across the Mekong region are opening up decision-making processes to civil society as they reform policies and laws governing forests.

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Shaping a sustainable future in the forests of the A Luoi Valley

The A Luoi Valley bears the scars of war and suffered the tactical use of herbicides. Today it also faces the challenges of deforestation, reforestation, and struggles for resources between diverse stakeholder groups. How do people in the A Luoi Valley in Vietnam manage their forestland in times of accelerated climate change, and what are their livelihood needs?

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Be a Cool Vietnam Explorer

Tourism used to be called a “smokeless” industry. However, this does not mean that tourism has no impact on the ecosystem.

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Should ‘wet markets’ be banned?

Mr. Trinh Le Nguyen, PanNature’s Executive Director was joining Al Jazeera News’s online panel discussing wildlife trade and control measures in Vietnam.  

Coronavirus pandemic leads to growing calls to ban markets where many people buy fresh meat and vegetables. Scientists are still trying to confirm the exact source of the new coronavirus sweeping across the world.

It is believed the virus may have jumped from exotic animals to humans at a market in Wuhan, China.

That has led to growing calls to ban “wet markets”, where many people in Asia and other parts of the world buy fresh meat and vegetables.

Most of them do not sell wild animals such as bats. Scientists are nevertheless worried about the close contact between humans and wildlife in wet markets.

Should markets like these be banned?

Presenter: Bernard Smith

Guests:

  • Trinh Le Nguyen – executive director at PanNature, a conservation NGO in Vietnam
  • Muhammad Munir – virologist at Lancaster University
  • Kaddu Sebunya – CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation

Source: Al Jazeera News

Toward Sustainable Rubber Value Chain

From December 24-26th, 2019, in Gia Lai, PanNature in collaboration with the Vietnam Rubber Group and Vietnam Rubber Association organized a training course to introduce some sustainable forest certification programs to the representatives of nearly 20 rubber companies in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

The 3-day-training provided initial insights about the characteristic and operation of certification programs such as FSC and PEFC, paved the way for the enterprises to enter sustainable rubber supply chain.

The companies’ representatives also took part in a field-trip at the sustainable planting and management model in Mang Yang forest (MDF Vinafor Company, H’ra Commune, Mang Yang District, Gia Lai Province) to better understand the sustainable management plans to apply to their business’ case. The training activities are under the Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) Program funded by IUCN Netherlands in Vietnam.

 

Invasive Alien Plant Species in Vietnam: A case study of Solanum viarum in Hang Kia – Pà Cò

“I want to thank the local NGO, PanNature, who took me in during the study, helped me get a research permit as well as helped me a great deal before my
arrival to the field. I specifically want to thank the director of PanNature, Mr. Nguyen Trinh Le, who decided to invite me to Vietnam and Mr. Nguyen Duc To Luu, who helped me plan my research and carry out experiments in the field. Mr. Thang and Mr. Liem, the two field officers who lived at the field office in Vân H?, helped me narrow down my study area, introduced me to the rangers and government officials in Hang Kia – Pà Cò nature reserve and helped me build the setup for my germination experiment. In addition to practical help, they also cooked for me several times a day, took me around the area for different events and dinners and became my friends during my three month stay in Vân H?. I am forever grateful for their hospitality and warm personalities, which made me feel at home, so far from home.” –  Luna wrote in Acknowledgments of the thesis.

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Policy Review “Vietnam’s Wildlife: Drained & Unsustained”

PanNature’s Policy Newsletter No. 29-30 (Quarters I-II/2018) with the topic: “Vietnam Wildlife: Drained & Unsustained” analyzed the current status of illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam, difficulties in law enforcement and conservation, some policy and legal constraints, and recommendations to authorities to revise policies and tighten the enforcement of the wildlife protection laws.

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Vietnam’s PFAS Situation Report

PanNature took part in the IPEN’s surveys to explore possible PFAS uses and pollution sources, scientific studies and government actions, including under the Stockholm Convention, in Vietnam. The Vietnam’s PFAS situation report summarizes press reports and scientific studies on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Vietnam from 2014 – 2018, contributes to IPEN’s Toxics-Free SDGs Campaign.

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Voluntary Guidelines on mitigating socio–environmental risks for Vietnamese outward investors

The Voluntary Guidelines on mitigating socio–environmental risks for Vietnamese outward investors in agribusiness were developed on the bases of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,

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Assessing Forest Governance in Vietnam

Viet Nam remains home to great numbers of vulnerable and poor people, especially among the rural population and ethnic minorities – many of whom depend on forest resources. These forests face numerous pressures including illegal logging, infrastructure development and agricultural expansion. RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, working with WWF and PanNature as part of the European Union-funded Voices for the Mekong Forests (V4MF) project, is seeking to better understand the governance challenges and opportunities in Viet Nam’s forestry sector, as well as putting forward a programme to address these through the empowerment of non-state actors (NSAs).

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