Which category below best describes the type of organisation you currently work for/or run?

Charity/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

Areas of expertise

Other

Would you be willing to be approached and share your lessons learned in your area(s) of expertise with our community?

Yes

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Nov 11, 2020
Replying to Olivier Chassot

Congratulations, Trang and WildAct, for sharing these alarming results from the Vietnam survey. It would be powerful to apply other surveys in countries from different regions and continents. Even as a very sensitive and aware person, I would not have imagined such negative results. Knowing and sharing these results, especially with survey respondent's organizations, is a great step forward in empowering victims and potential victims, and curving unacceptable behaviors.

Thanks for your comment Olivier. We are starting a campaign working with NGOs in Vietnam to reduce SGBVs in Vietnam. We will keep you updated of our work, and hopefully there will be more actions across the regions to end SGBVs in conservation and other sectors.

Apr 21, 2020
Replying to Camille Coudrat

Hello,
Thanks for sharing about your amazing work Trang!

One of the main challenge we face in Laos (Vietnam's neighbour) is to find young people genuinely passionate, interested and dedicated to biodiversity conservation. NGOs in Laos always face the hurddle of recruiting new people.

I wonder if in Vietnam it is similar, or at least has been in the last decades?

Also, I am really interested in knowing a little more about what was the process of developping the course, especially going through the difficulies (I imagine) of getting it approved at the Government level (Did all the syllabus/curricula had to be reviewed and approved by Government officials first? Did you have to partner with a university?)
Laos would definetely benefit from such a course!

Looking forward to hearing more about your work during the Earth Optimism Summit session.

Thanks,

Camille.

Hi Camille,

Nice to see you here!

The situation in Vietnam is very similar to Laos I must say. Though we might be a bit luckier as more and more young people are interested in conservation. But from being interested to motivated to act toward it is a different story too. For example we got so many application to our courses, or to be volunteers with us. But then through the interview selection you can recognise who are only partially interested or wanting to do something just so they can put on their CV, and very small amount of people seriously thinking of conservation as a career to pursuit.

Our courses targetting those small amount of people and making sure they are getting the support needed.

We work with a state university for about 2 years before the course launch. All the syllabus, course schedules and list of speakers must be approved by the governments. Guest-speakers who are foreigners also must be registered to the province police before they arrive. So you can imagine it was really a pain to keep it up and running. Organising the courses took a lot of time and to be honest there were time where we thought we should just give up. Even now the courses aren't running exactly like what we wanted/hope for/expected, because of the government interference, but it is the best that we can pull off at the moment.

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Apr 21, 2020
Replying to K Curran

Hi Chang. Your master course sounds amazing. And what a tremendous outcome to have the students now employed in the field. What do you think enabled this success? For example, was it the instructors? The collaboration of students? The support from you and your organization? I am interested in learning more about what in your approach made it so successful, especially at a time when the wildlife trade is increasingly recognized globally.

Thank you. 

Hi there, thanks for your question. It is definitely the combination of what you mentioned. For example, we invite guest-speakers who are experts in the field to come and give talk, rather than having academic lecturers teaching theory. This not only providing a chance for students to learn about practical conservation and experience shared by experts, but also a chance for networking. One of our students actually were offered a job interview during the course as the guest-speaker was so impressed by her. Participants of the courses are also required to do 5 - 8 weeks professional placement (similar to an internship) at a recognised NGO in Vietnam in relevant field, so that they can learn about the job, as well as being recognised by potential employers. I'm happy to discuss more if you are interested!

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Apr 21, 2020
Replying to Lucy Radford

Hi! 

Thank you for the vital work you do.

For those of us who only have surface-level knowledge about wildlife trade, can you explain what the biggest barriers are to tackling the illegal trade of wildlife products in Vietnam?

Corruption. And this is not only with Vietnam but many other countries in the world.