In the 25 years since Vietnam introduced the doi moi programme of reforms, citizens have come to participate far more actively in politics at both commune and village levels. But government is still not fully accountable, especially on issues impacting the environment.
This is why UNDEF funds a project to support civil society in monitoring and reporting on environmental conditions and governance. It builds capacity among local environmental NGOs, trains journalists in environmental reportage, and raises high-level political awareness. Implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, the project held a workshop in August 2011 to develop a manual on human rights-based approaches to protecting the environment.