Help local collectors and authorities practicing sustainable harvesting and resources management
About the Implementing organization
Name: Nam Xuan Lac Natural Herb Cooperative
Country: Viet Nam
Year of establishment: 2011
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Community enterprise or business / Cooperative business / Indigenous group or organization / Ethnic minority group or association
This solution is helping local collectors practice sustainable harvesting methods based on FairWild principles. This is crucial to building on the knowledge and experience of natural conservation. People can better cope with a loss of wild resources while maintaining their income. In addition, this practice also creates a local authority on resources management through the development of collector knowledge and the creation of management plans for target species.
Type of Action
Protection / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security
After piloting the initiative, the target species (Gynostemma pentaphyllum and Cibotium barometz ) are re-generating better than before (observed by local collector). As per resource assessment reports conducted in 2015 and 2016, the total volume of Jiaogulan in Xuan Lac and Ban Thi communes has increased significantly (22 tonnes in early 2015 and 45 tonnes in 2016). This is a positive impact on the conservation of Jiaogulan in the project area.
Currently, local collectors are acutely aware of that these resources are important forms of income. They now talk to each other and reinforce the idea that they have to protect medicinal plants in the forest. They are no longer overharvesting the plants and making their own regulations in sustainable harvesting.
Local people and forest rangers say that deforestation has reduced significantly. Because people are joining the cooperative or other collector groups to work in their free time.
Sustainable Development Impacts
Jobs and livelihoods: The initiative created part-time jobs for nine members of the cooperative and twenty subcontractors at their community. This also increased the income from wild MAP collection from VND500.000/ harvesting season to VND750.000/harvesting season. This also prevents people from destructive collection if they lose other work opportunities.
Health: The initiative helps maintain access to healthcare and reduces local depletion of critical medicinal plant species while maintaining supplies of plants used in pharmaceuticals and traditional medicine.
Currently the initiative has been replicated in three other districts in Bac Kan province with 14 other MAP collection groups established.
Bac Kan’s provincial people's committee has accepted the adoption of lessons learnt and good practices that came from the initiative to form the medicinal product development plan within their provincial program of “One commune, one product” (OCOP).
We are now working at the national level to share the initiative and facilitate the adaptation in other provinces of Viet Nam. In the future, the Viet Nam MAP project and the China MAP project in Goungxi province will establish a knowledge exchange for good practices and lessons learnt, so the initiative can be go beyond these countries as well.
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