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Dr. Phan Thanh Hai and Mrs. Hoang Thi Hau, Director of Thanh Xuan Organic Vegetable Cooperative shared experience in cooperative management at the training

Challenges of benefit sharing in Vietnam: equality vs. equity

When I first heard about the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), a partnership between FAO, IIED, and IUCN to strengthen forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs), one question arose in my mind: Will history repeat itself?   …  

25 Apr 2016 | Article
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Mr. Nguyen Dinh Hai - head of sawmill - exchanging experience with international experts of FFF programme

From information exchange to a jointly owned sawmill: story of an acacia group in Yen Bai Province

The acacia growers group in Lem Village, Phu Thinh Commune, Yen Binh District, headed by Mr. Nguyen Dinh Hai, illustrates the different stages of development of a typical forest and farm producer organization (FFPO) in Vietnam and is an example of how the Forest and Farm Facility Initiative (FFF) assists entrepreneurs. …   | Vietnamese

28 Jan 2016 | Article
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Farmers in a group discussion with Dr. Nguyen Quang Trung - a scientist from Vietnam Academy of Forest Sciences.

Connecting scientists and farmers

As part of Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) in Vietnam, and following on from the first two phases of market analysis and development (MA&D) training in January and June, the Vietnam Farmer Union (VNFU) organized a phase 3 training in Hanoi for 24 farmers and local facilitators in Hanoi on August 13-17.   …   | Vietnamese

30 Sep 2015 | Article
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Farmers participating in group discussion

When farmers write proposals

In May, the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), a partnership between FAO, IIED, and IUCN and implemented in Vietnam by the Vietnam Farmers Union (VNFU), issued a call for proposals for forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs) in Yen Bai and Bac Kan, the two focal provinces. FFPOs were asked to submit a concept note and the shortlisted applicants, after a proposal writing training course, were then invited to write a full proposal. …   | Vietnamese

22 Jul 2015 | Article

Interviewing local people in Yen Binh District, Yen Bai Province

Call for proposal: small grants for forest and farm producer organizations in Viet Nam 2015

The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) is a multi-donor programme, housed within the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support sustainable livelihoods from forests and farms. FFF is overseen by a Steering Committee, and has a management team including staff from FAO, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). In Vietnam, FFF works with Vietnam Farmer Union (VNFU) to support producer groups in Yen Bai and Bac Kan provinces. …   | Vietnamese

28 May 2015 | Jobs - call for proposals
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Forest Connect members meeting with forest planting group in Yen Bai Province

Beyond grouping: toward sustainable forest and farmer enterprises

By 2013, as part of a long-term national program to "socialize" forest management, 3.4 million hectares of forest had been allocated to more than 1.4 million smallholders. However, nearly 50% of these households have no more than 1 hectare of forest, which limits their ability to achieve economies of scale in, and increase income from timber production. Organizing smallholders into forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs) and promoting cooperatives is therefore considered a precondition to increasing the productivity of the forestry sector and reducing poverty.   …   | Vietnamese

16 Mar 2015 | Article
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Dr. Vo Quoc Tuan training local forest protector to use GPS

Bringing new technologies to forest protectors

Half of all Vietnam’s mangroves are in Ca Mau, its southernmost province. Over 60,000 hectares of Ca Mau’s mangroves are managed by seven forest management units and one national park, which don’t have the man power or funding to do the job properly. The mangrove forests are difficult to access and to protect and there are cases of government officials being attacked by illegal mangrove cutters. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story
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Lam Binh Community sends strong message to poachers

Once bitten, twice shy. Or perhaps, in this case the phrase should be ‘once stung, twice shy’. That is the lesson SOS grantee, People Resources and Conservation Foundation, hopes poachers will take from a recent successful ‘sting’ operation carried out in Lam Binh, a remote mountainous karst region in northern Vietnam.

08 Feb 2013 | News story

Wildlife census, Kaziranga NP, India

Protected area management: Vietnam vs India

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

18 Sep 2012 | Article
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  • REDD In Vietnam: Issues, Opportunities, and Linkages
  • GIS database for Bac Kan and Tuyen Quang developed: Policy issues and options were identified and initiate dialogue between local government and relevant stakeholders on alternative development scenarios in focal provinces organized
  • Provincial Learning Network on sustainable forest management established and strengthened
  • Studies on forest products trade and community forest management conducted
  • "Soft" advocacy carried out by Learning Network with provincial and national stakeholders
  • Awareness and capacity of communities, local government agencies and other actors for identifying and tackling barriers to fair market access improved
  • Awareness and understanding of local authorities, businesses and civil society in Vietnam and relevant external FLEG stakeholders of the underlying causes of illegal forest activities, and possible measures for tackling these causes, improved through networking, training, information provision and advocacy.





Private sector Training workshop on Forest Protection and Development Law for People’s Courts in Lam Dong Province- February
Consultative workshop on Volunteer Partnership Agreement on FLEGT in Ha Noi– April
Private sector workshop on FLEGT in Ho Chi Minh City -- October
Landscapes and Livelihoods Strategy (LLS) research trainings in Bac Kan and Hue -- December

International NTFPs Workshop in Ha Noi – June
National NTFPs Network Planning Workshop - June
National Forest Fire Workshop – September
Training needs assessment on Forest Protection and Development Law for People’s Courts  - November


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