Northern highlands fieldwork

Between November 2021 and January 2022, researchers from the Vietnam National University Central Institute for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (VNU-CRES) and the Vietnam National University of Agriculture took to the field for three intensive sampling campaigns in Lang Son, Dien Bien, and Lao Cai provinces. At each province, a series of interviews, focus group discussions, and mapping exercises were carried out. The team had engagements with stakeholders at provincial level: the Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dept. of Natural Resources and Environment, Dept. of Statistic Office, Division of Environmental Protection, Dept. of Labor, War invalids and Social Affairs. Dept. of Division of Forest protection; at district level: District People’s committee, Division of Agriculture and Rural Development, Division of Natural Resources and Environment, Division of Labour, War invalids and Social Affairs, Division of Forest protection; and at a communal and village level. These observations and interactions will contribute to improving our understanding of the economic and environmental consequences of Covid-19-related border closures on some of the most vulnerable households of three border provinces.

The path to Lung Than People’s Committee office, but only on foot. The motorbike path is more than 10km from the village.
Chopped wood to be used as firewood to replace gas and electricity in the context of income decreasing significantly, Lenh Sui Thang village, Lung Than commune, Si Ma Cai district.
Counter mapping in Lenh Sui Thang village, Lung Than commune, Si Ma Cai district
Pa Ke hydroelectric plant on Chay River, Lenh Sui Thang village, Lung Than commune, Si Ma Cai district
Woman only group – group discussion and participatory mapping activities in Can Chu Su village, Can Cau commune, Si Ma Cai district
Youth group – Group discussion and participatory mapping activities in Lenh Sui Thang village, Lung Than commune, Si Ma Cai district
Mixed group – counter mapping activity in Con Hang village, Bao Lam commune, Cao Loc district
Traditional house in Na Cha Song Ang village, Hong Phong commune, Cao Loc district
Traditional house in Pa Bong village, Nua Ngam commune, Dien Bien district
Stream in Pa Bong Village, Nua Ngam commune, Dien Bien district
VNU-CRES team on the field trip to Si Ma Cai district

Field Team

Dr. Hue, I, Dr. Minh, Ms. Loan, and M.A. Dung Nguyen are from VNU-CRES,

Dr. Dien Nguyen is from Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA),

MS. Quynh Anh Nguyen is from the National Institute for Science and technology policy and strategy studies and Dr. Anh Pham from VNU-University of Science.

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