Last week Vietnam hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting in Da Nang. Oxfam published a new report, Redefining inclusive growth in Asia: How APEC can achieve an economy that leaves no one behind to coincide with the discussions at APEC. Read More
On behalf of Mekong ICT Camp Organiser, Thai Fund Foundation in partnership with Open Development Cambodia, Emerald HUB, Social Technology Institute and Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture( Thai Netizen) we would like to Thank you our Donors and sponsors, Open Technology Fund, SPIDER, Google, UNESCO, Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Center for this great support to the 5th Mekong ICT Camp 2017 which was held between 4-8 September in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
This year’s Mekong ICT Camp is the first time we have organized it outside of Thailand, taking one step ahead to make Mekong ICT Camp a true Mekong sub-region, regional initiation and collaboration among the partners.
And we also would like to thank you to our selection committee of each country namely, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar Thailand and all facilitators from many countries, Taiwan, USA, India, Germany, Australia, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. And also thank you partners, all staffs, all participants and the great volunteer team from Cambodia for your great spirit contribute to the camp.
Central Highlands Green Forest and the story of keeping the forest between the high plateau thousands. The stories are shared with ethnic minority communities in the Central Highlands. The resources come from the forests and the forest protection stories of the communities there. Please welcome readers to watch the documentary film Green Keep Highlands forest publish by CIRUM.
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.
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.