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Conference on “Research for better forest management” Tropenbos International Vietnam

   5/17/2006

The Conference on “Research for Better Forest Management, Conservation, Sustainable Development and Human well being” was organized on February 23 and 24 in Hue. End of 2005, the research partners of Tropenbos International Vietnam (TBI-VN) had finalized their research projects developed during the 1st phase (2001-2005). New and relevant knowledge from our research projects became available on various topics of the forestry sector in Vietnam. This 2-day Conference was part of the efforts of TBI-VN to disseminate these outputs to our direct partners and interested organizations so that new knowledge can be used for improved decision making and forest management in Vietnam. The objectives of the Conference were twofold: · Present the outputs developed during the first phase from the TBI-VN program · Discuss the information required for the three identified topics in the forestry sector in Vietnam In total, around 60 participants from various organizations and nationalities participated. Research organizations were represented by various universities and research institutes from Vietnam and abroad. NGO representatives as well as governmental organizations were represented from a national and provincial level. This wide range of participants partly contributed to the success of this conference. The program of the Conference included three main sessions, which all focused on key issues on the national and international forest agenda. The first session dealt with ‘decision making and planning in the forestry sector in Vietnam’. This was followed by a session on ‘forests and local livelihoods’. The third session dealt with ‘forest functions, rehabilitation and management. The Conference then proceeded to a group discussion session, which concentrate on (i) identify the critical issues of the sector with respect to each theme mentioned above; (ii) Discuss for each identified issue, based on the outcomes, the specific information and capacity needs. A poster session during the 1st day of the Conference provided participants with the possibility to present their more scientific results to a wider audience. More than 10 posters were presented. This session also proved to be a good opportunity for participants to share information and discuss on their research projects and activities. The final session of the Conference was the closing remark made by Vice Minister Hua Duc Nhi, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Mr. Nhi reaffirmed the need for further capacity building, research and information to improve the forestry sector in Vietnam. With this respect, he also acknowledged the contributions of TBI-VN to the development of the forestry sector. Conference’s report and proceedings are in preparation and will be posted on Tropenbos website www.tropenbos.org. For more information on the Conference, please contact hue.tbi-vietnam@dng.vnn.vn or by phone (054-886-211)

TBI-VN
5/17/2006

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