CSRD to organize Linking and Learning Workshop

Linking and Learning Workshop
7th September 2015
Tram Chim National Park, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam

Throughout the countries of the Mekong River sub-region there are isolated areas where people live and work that demonstrate positive relationships between the people and their interaction with the natural environment. Whilst the pursuit of the market economy and the effects of climate change have a serious impact on natural resources, it is also people’s attitude toward their environment, and the decisions they make, that influence the future survival of the natural world and its benefits. It is critical that we learn and share and encourage good environmental practices before it is too late.
Since 2014, the Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD), a member of Vietnam Rivers Network (VRN)  has attempted to promote learning and sharing of good practices in CBNRM and IWRM among communities across the boundaries in the Lower Mekong and promote a shared understanding about cross-boundary impacts and encourage shared learning about good practice to better engage in protecting the lower Mekong bio-diversity and livelihood.  Accordingly, a number of NGOs and CSO have come together and learn each other and set up a network called “the Mekong United Community” – MUC. The MUC network members also have documented the good practices on natural resource management in the lower mekong areas, availuable in Vietnamese, Kmer, Laos and English.

On behalf of the Mekong United Community, CSRD is organising the Linking and Learning Workshop with the funding from Oxfam.
Objectives of the workshop:
–       To create opportunity for the network of CSOs and Communities to learn and link each other about good practices on sustainable naturual resource management ;
–       To strengthen the institutional and organisational network among the three countries in lower Mekong region;
–       To promote gender role in the network strategy and plans.

Tentative agenda

Time Agenda People in charge
Morning (starting at 6:30am)
6:30 – 8:30 –          Visit Tram Chim National Park
–          Have breakfast on the boat
Tram Chim National Park
8:30 – 8:45 –          Introduction about the objectives of the meeting CSRD/ VRN
8:45 – 9:30 –          Introduction of participants Participants in groups (with support of drawing tools and translation)
9:30 – 10:15 –          Keep updated about the network  (member, objectives, mission, plans, achievement ) Ms. Rusrann – FACT
10:15-10:30 –          Introduction to the handbook on CBNRM and IWRM CSRD staff
10:30 – 10:45 Tea break
10:45 – 11:45 –          Group discussion between Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam – Coordination role (regional and national level) and contact points (at organizational and community level) Ms. Lam Thi Thu Suu – CSRD/VRN
11:45 – 12:15 –          Plenary Reflection, Question and Answer
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch time
13:30 – 14:00 –          Hydropower dam impacts on women and community practice and the rights to access information, consultation. Mr. Oudom Ham
14:00 – 15:00 Panel Discussion: Local practice, Industry and climate change: Risks, challenges
15:00 – 15:15 Tea break
15:15 – 16:15 –          Gender and sustainable natural resource management. All participants
16:15 – 17:00 –          Gender and Network strategy Group working
18:00 – 19:00 Gala dinner

For registration, please contact Ms. Hoang Duong Thien – CSRD staff at hoangduongthien@gmail.com

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