EUAV FORESTS focuses on building the resilience of the communities living in these territories, through the civic engagement of European volunteers and local communities in Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Congo and Vietnam. The action that mobilises EUAV volunteers is divided into 5 strategic axes:
. A comprehensive approach to resilience, by carrying out a mapping study aimed at identifying, at all levels with the active participation of each of the communities concerned, the various factors of vulnerability to disasters and crises.
. Support provided by volunteers to vulnerable populations, which will allow the direct development of human capital so that they can reduce the impact of climate change and human induced pollutions, cope and install an adaptation process.
. Activities to mobilise future generations, to help developing the social capital of their communities, to limit future risks and, in return, to promote community development activities that will strengthen individual resilience.
. Dissemination of information, strengthening of social ties and support for local populations to set up projects that complement awareness-raising activities.
. A last workstream is about ensuring sustainability, awareness raising and fundamental change of attitudes through the involvement of young people in projects and advocacy campaigns around the rights of communities living in forest areas.
After a rigorous selection procedure, the 27 EU volunteers selected for FORESTS will have the opportunity to travel to these countries to carry out junior or senior (=more than five years of experience) expert roles in climate change adaptation, forest resource management, awareness raising, communication and advocacy and project management. The working languages will be English and French. Operational details & security context
Vietnam has a population of 97 million people (third most populous country in Southeast Asia). The economic reform instituted in 1986 brought significant economic growth to Vietnam. With this new surge of export-oriented manufacturing and foreign direct investment, 46 million people were lifted out of poverty; the country saw dramatic increases in access to infrastructure, education, and clean water.
Additionally, the location and topography of Viet Nam make it one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, suffering from typhoons, tropical storms, floods, drought, seawater intrusions, landslides and forest fires. Of these, the most damaging and frequent are typhoons, tropical storms and floods.
The Vietnamese Government is working to ensure Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) remains a top priority and has prioritized its partnerships with neighbouring nations as well as the international humanitarian community to help Vietnam prepare for, respond to and minimize the effects of disasters.
Vietnam has no known terrorist groups and no recent history of terrorist attacks.
Although storms typically hit central and northern Vietnam from June to October/November, with coastal central provinces being the most-affected, Hanoi feels less of an impact, often experiencing only heavy rainfall.
Vietnam's roads are congested and chaotic. City roads are crowded with cars, bicycles, trucks, buses and pedestrians, while roads outside of city centres often experience livestock crossings. A rise in vehicle ownership has exacerbated congestion; motorcycles are particularly numerous and are often driven erratically, and at times, against the flow of traffic. Road accidents are a major cause of injury.
The health situation has progressively deteriorated in Vietnam since the end of April 2021. National and local authorities have put in place temporary restrictive measures enacted according to local epidemiological conditions (strict confinements, limitations or bans on travel, closure of businesses, cancellation of activities, penalties for failure to wear a mask). Since March 22, 2020, it is no longer possible for foreign nationals to enter Vietnam without prior express permission from the Vietnamese authorities. Only diplomatic staff, business executives, experts or highly skilled workers and their families, as well as students can benefit from this. Entry requirements, in particular COVID tests, are to be specified with the chosen airline. Upon arrival, travellers are required to undergo a 15-day quarantine in a hotel, followed by a 15-day home confinement. The quarantine period is reduced to 7 days in a hotel, followed by 7 days at home, for people who have been fully vaccinated for 14 days.
The information provided in this document may be updated as the pandemic evolves. France Volontaires and ESI Labs! reserve the right to interrupt any recruitment or deployment process in order to ensure health and safety of their teams, volunteers and candidates.
SRD is a Vietnamese non-profit, non-governmental organisation that is dedicated to working with disadvantaged communities and assisting them to improve their quality of life and manage their resources sustainably. SRD staff are highly experienced, with a depth of expertise in the fields of agriculture, climate change, forest governance, economics, sociology, psychology, gender, environment, communications. Child protection policy has been integrated into SRD’s projects since 200. In addition, “Gender Equality” is among the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is one of the cross-cutting themes within SRD’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. SRD works to promote the value of gender equality and strives to ensure that the topic is integrated into its projects from design to implementation.
Along with our full-time staff, SRD also hosts a number of international volunteers and local interns. They bring to the team expertise from their home countries and a fresh perspective on our operations. All of SRD’s volunteers have worked on many projects in various departments: Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Change, Human Resources, Communications, Forest Governance, etc. Their diverse backgrounds and experience have provided important inputs to our works. More information is available here: www.srd.org.vn