Women's Participation in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Protection in Vietnam: Some Experience and Lessons from the SIDA Environmental Fund Projects

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"The author would like to give an overview of Vietnamese women's participation in natural resources management and environmental protection. It is interesting to note that women in Vietnam are very active in natural resources management and environmental protection. They are involved in the state management at central level (ministry, agencies, and institutes) as well as in various activities in the field. At grass-root level, women are not only working in urban environmental companies, but also they are authors of many useful practice and initiatives. Women are also very active in education and research areas. "Experiences from the Sida Environmental Fund supporting local initiatives by grass root people and Egos in Vietnam since 1997, show that supporting active women would resulted in strong impacts on public awareness on environmental issues as well as environmental education. This paper describes some good examples of women's participation in different parts of Vietnam in environmental movement. "This experience can be applied in other areas for community's participation in environmental protection and awareness rising for the public. To keep our country clean, green and beautiful, it is essential that women are actively involving in these activities. To solve crucial environmental issues and to support country toward sustainable development, it is a need for their active participation."



IASC, women, participatory management, environmental protection, gender, NGOs