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On November 29-30, 2012, IUCN, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, organized two screenings of a 52-minute documentary on the winners and losers from hydropower development in the Mekong Region. The film was shown at the Vietnam National University (VNU) and Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST). … | Vietnamese
Problems in enforcing environmental law and ensuring environmental rights for legal aid beneficiaries
Rights of legal aid beneficiaries and environmental rights: Article 34 of Decree No. 7/CP dated 12/1/2007 on guidelines for implementing 2006 Law on legal aid stipulates: poor people, policy supported groups and other marginalized groups are entitled to legal aid services in eight fields, including environmental law. … | French | Vietnamese
Since 2008, IUCN has cooperated with the Vietnam Institute of Human Rights (VIHR), one of 10 or so institutions that make up the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy on a range of environmental governance projects. IUCN’s interest in working with the VIHR lies primarily in the fact that every year it trains 500-700 government officials who need to pass in order to get promoted. In a one party state that regards independent action by non-state actors with suspicion, such cooperation offers the opportunity to broaden the knowledge and (hopefully) change the attitudes of Vietnam’s future leaders. … | Vietnamese
On December 5-7, IUCN Viet Nam organized a media training course the water resources management issues in Mekong Delta for 15 journalists. It was held in Dong Thap Province and included a field trip to Sa Rai Town, Tan Hong District, Dong Thap Province. The course was supported by the IUCN-coordinated Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) and U.N. Democracy Fund (UNDEF). … | Vietnamese
27 Nov 2012 | News story
Center for Environment and Community Research (CECR) is conducting a training programme for youth leadership on environment protection and climate change in Viet Nam from 24 November 2012 to 1 January 2013. The training programme will be organzied in Soc Son District for 3 days and following by 3 weeks of implementing small scale projects in Ha Noi. The programme is applied to interested students from different universities and colleges in Hanoi. For details of training programme and application requirements, please click HERE
This is one of activities under a project "Youth leadership school for environmental protection and climate change in Viet Nam" jointly funded by United States Embassy in Hanoi and The World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Viet Nam through the financial support of United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).
In early October, IUCN and Holcim Vietnam co-convened a workshop to review and finalize the Biodiversity Action Plan recommendations for Holcim’s Hon Chong plant in Kien Giang Province, Southern Vietnam. …
19 Oct 2012 | News story
In 2011, an independent evaluation of 10 years of international support to Cat Tien National Park documented the failure to convert high levels of technical and financial support into effective protected area management. This failure was starkly revealed by the killing of the last Javan rhino in Cat Tien, and the extinction of the sub-species, in April 2010. If millions of dollars can’t “buy” improved protected area management in Vietnam, a country with 10% of the world’s vertebrate fauna on 1% of its land area, what can? This is an important question because a similar outcome has been observed in neighboring Laos and Cambodia where significant foreign support has not resulted in reduced threats to globally threatened wildlife. … | Vietnamese
The United Nations World Charter for Nature (1982) states that “every form of life is unique, warranting respect regardless of it’s worth to man, and, to accord other organisms such recognition, man must be guided by a moral code of action.” It also states that “…man must acquire the knowledge to maintain and enhance his ability to use natural resources in a manner which ensures the preservation of the species and ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations.” Most will recognize that, in the context of development planning, we now rarely respect nature, and we lack sufficient knowledge of biodiversity to inform decision making processes. This is certainly the case in the Indo-Burma region which is recognized as a global hotspot of biodiversity and has long been noted for the exceptionally high diversity of species within its inland waters.
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