From June 27 to 28 the Human Ecology Practical Area (HEPA) in Huong Son district, Ha Tinh, hosted a training workshop on promoting customary law and indigenous knowledge in biodiversity conservation. 16 members of the Forest People’s Land Rights Network (LandNet) participated in the workshop which focused on sharing experiences and indigenous knowledge in the sustainable use of forests and the protection and propagation of rare wildlife and medicinal herbs.
Sharing on biodiversity conservation based on customary law and indigenous knowledge
The participants spent time updating other LandNet members on current land management and forest protection issues in their areas, and exchanged experiences and knowledge on improving livelihoods under the forest canopy. Pictures and experiences from the best practice models of planting Bon Bo/ Zingiberaceae (in Dong Van commune, Que Phong district, Nghe An province) and Ngoc Linh ginseng (in Tu Mo Rong commune, Tu Mo Rong district, Kon Tum province) were shared.
Exchanging experiences in agroforestry model development
LandNet representatives and CIRUM staff completed a survey on "Legal framework for identification of ethnic minority and mountainous areas" sent by the National Assembly's Nationality Council. This is a concrete and important activity bringing the voices of local people directly to the national legislature to contribute to the development of appropriate policy for ethnic minority areas.
Bathing in the river, catching fish and cultural exchanges
Although this was the first time for the majority of LandNet participants to visit HEPA, everyone felt comfortable in the environment at the centre, and quickly integrated and participated in daily activities in addition to the scheduled discussions. The members had time to bathe in the upstream Ngan Pho river, use fishing nets and join cultural exchanges in the evening, strengthening cohesion and solidarity.