Hanoi - On July 3rd, 2020, Helvetas and LANDA/CCRD co-organize the Launching Workshop of the project “Secure Land Rights for All - Giving Ethnic Minorities a Voice”. The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and co-implemented by Helvetas and LANDA/CCRD in 3 years from June 1st, 2020 to May 31st, 2023. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the effective promotion and protection of land and forest resource rights of ethnic minorities in northern provinces of Vietnam including Cao Bang, Son La, and Nghe An. Given the project support, LANDA member organizations and Commune Mediation Committees (CMCs) will be resourced to support marginalized communities to claim their land and forest resource rights and to pro-actively participate in land governance processes, contributing to poverty reduction in Vietnam.
Attending in the workshop are representatives of related agencies and organizations including Ethnic Council of the National Assembly, Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, Fatherland Front, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, EU Delegation to Vietnam, authorities, and people of Cao Bang, Son La and Nghe An provinces, Vietnam Lawyers' Association, LANDA member organizations, international and national organizations, reputable experts and the press.
The workshop aims to provide key stakeholders with an overview of the project's objectives, activities, implementation methods, and expected results, through which related parties will agree on the responsibilities, and implementing and coordinating mechanisms. The workshop is also an opportunity for the stakeholders to discuss the practice of land and forest resources rights of ethnic minorities and the role of CMCs in resolving any disputes at grassroots level, especially issues concerning the management and use of land and forest resources.
For further details, please contact:
Mr. Phan Van Ngoc - Director of CCRD
Mr. Dam Trong Tuan - Project Manager
ABOUT LANDA & CCRD
Land Alliance (LANDA) was established in 2013 to connect Vietnamese non-governmental organizations (NGOs), State agencies, press agencies, universities, research institutions, and private sector. LANDA consists of 19 volunteering NGOs and politico-social organizations. The alliance aims at improving Vietnamese citizens’ participation in effective land resource management and use, and at minimizing adverse impacts of land use activities on the environment and society.
The Center for Rural Communities Research and Development (CCRD), LANDA coordinating member, is a non-governmental, non-profit organization operating in Vietnam since 1997, gathering natural and social scientists to work as volunteers for the benefit of community. CCRD has built a high reputation in Vietnam and in the world for researching and implementing various solutions for sustainable rural development and improving the quality and living environment for the poor.
Helvetas is a non-governmental organization, founded in Switzerland in 1955, and supported by more than 100,000 members and sponsors as well as 12 regional volunteer groups. Helvetas has been operating in Vietnam since 1994 in the sectors of agriculture, forestry, governance and peace, water and sanitation, and rural development. Today, Helvetas Vietnam’s programs focus on Sustainable and Inclusive Economies, specific interfaces with Climate Change, and Vocational Skills Development are considered and further deepened.