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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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Recap of CSO Forum on Social Forestry in ASEAN

he 7th Annual Meeting of the CSO Forum on Social Forestry in ASEAN is being held in Da Nang, Vietnam on 24-25 June 2018 with the theme “Sustaining Collaborative and Innovative People-centered Actions and Contributions in NDCs and the Sustainable Development Goals”

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Statement of the Save the Mekong Coalition  Regarding the Pak Lay Dam Notification

On 13 June, the Government of Laos formally notified the Mekong River Commission (MRC) of its intention to construct the Pak Lay dam on the mainstream of the Mekong River. The notification triggers the Prior Consultation procedure under the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) of the 1995 Mekong Agreement. Pak Lay is the fourth Mekong mainstream dam to be submitted for the procedure. 

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Vietnam Banking and Environment Policies

This report has been consolidated based on the studies conducted in 2 years, 2012 and 2016, with the purpose to review and analyze the constraints that hinder the ability of credit organizations in Viet Nam to develop green credit and encourage adoption of social and environmental risk management practices. Based on the assessments, the report also recommends policy measures to support credit institutions in growing green credit and managing environmental and social risks for the loans granted to development projects.

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