Documentary film: “Traditional Forests of Ethnic Minority Villagers”

Forest of the Village is a documentary about where ethnic communities live with forests. Village stories about the traditions and culture of village trade on the protection and utilization of forests in an effective and sustainable way. We invite you and your friends to watch the three forest documentary films of the village of Bui village published by CIRUM Vietnam Center.

Part 1

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Community sacred forest or company commercial rubber

Spirit forests reflect beliefs and traditional socio-cultural structure of ethnic minority groups living in mountainous and border areas. In the Draft no.5 of the Law on Forest Protection and Development (revised), spirit forests have been classified as special-use forests, which makes a breakthrough in legislative mindset and creates an important foundation for further conservation strategies for development in order to restore religious beliefs and socio-cultural and ecological capital of more than 14 million ethnic minority people, who have severely been suffering from beliefs crisis since the American War.

According to the point 1 of Article 160 “Land used for belief practices” of the Land Law 2013, it is defined that land for belief practices includes land for communal houses, temples, shrines, hermitages, ancestral worship houses and ancestral temples. This definition, however, does only take into account the religious structures of the Kinh majority, while ignoring religious beliefs of more than 14 million ethnic minority people of 54 ethnic groups living in the mountainous and border areas, which are completely different. For these people, every living thing in nature has its own spirit and moves freely to wherever it likes. The nature spirits always listen to, observe and monitor behaviors of all community members within their living spaces. Therefore, before doing anything, people must ask the spirits for permission via rituals. For instance, they ask the forest spirit for timber for building houses, the field spirit and the spirits of pests, insects and birds for fruitful crops, the water spirit for water, etc. The spirits of all living things in the spiritual ecosystem surrounding villages are of freedom. The sacred forests that are defined as the spirit forests in the Draft no.5 are where there resides the spirits of all living things. By this recognition, it is proved that accusing ethnic minority people of destroying forests is a severe mistake.

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Workshop on Forest Protection and Development Law (revised)

The revised forest protection and development law project is in the process of providing feedback and feedback from experts and stakeholders interested in forest protection and development law.  We would like to invite our colleagues and colleagues to take an active interest in commenting and commenting on the draft law on forest protection and development. Attend the Workshop on the Draft Law on Forest Protection and Development (revised) at Room 330, National Assembly Building, 22 Hung Vuong, Hanoi. At 8:00 on 11/8/2017.

The workshop was designed to listen to ideas and contribute to drafting and balancing appropriately in the next draft law. If you can not participate, you can update the content on the blog or fan page of ForLand with the following address:

This workshop funding by MRLG

Tien Manh


Environment ministry approves Formosa ocean encroachment

HÀ TĨNH — Locals living near the Formosa plant in central Hà Tĩnh Province stated that the Taiwanese company is encroaching upon the sea to build a solid waste storage dock.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, however, said the construction is under an approved master plan.

Local online newswires last week carried stories quoting locals saying that the Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Steel Company, responsible for the Formosa toxic spill in the ocean last year, was constructing a waste storage dock that encroached upon 300ha of the local ocean.

The ministry’s online outlet said construction had been approved under the master plan of the plant and the dock’s actual area was 146ha.

“Formosa is fulfilling requested documents to shift the function of the waste storage dock to a zone for storing manufacture materials,” it said. Read More

VietNam LandNews and Lao LandNews

A US$380-million oil pipeline connecting a Vietnamese harbour to central Khammuan province of Laos is set to begin after completion of a feasibility study. The pipeline, a project of Petro Lao Company, is expected to reduce the costs of oil imports to Laos.

Oil pipeline projects are controversial around the world because of the risks that potential spills pose to ecologies, as well as implications for rights issues related to land, environment and labor. As an example, a high profile case is being fought by indigenous and environmental activists against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in the US.

Tien Manh, MIKE