The story of our bike hitch-hiking

This story so interesting, yet so simple, so full of love, like the fleeting smell of the dracaena at a corner of the old Hanoi streets.Hue and I had to have a biker, or “xe ôm” picked us up from the highway to go to the community. It was quiet a long way, about 3-4 kilometers, but we forgot to ask for the biker’s phone number to call him again when we went back. It was 9am in the morning, and we were lost in the streets because the village did not have bikers like that. 

Farewell is the beginning of new journeys

Maybe every journey, every trip or only simply the duration of work everywhere always brings us experiences or unforgettable memories. When it came to the farewell party with third-time interns in 2017, one saying of my teacher popped up in my mind : “Every story has an ending, but in life every ending is just the beginning of the new chapter”.


    On my first day of work, I was spontaneously asked to join an overnight field trip to Thanh Hoa provinces. LPSD had planned to meet the People’s Committee and Fatherland Front authorities, and the community leaders involved in the Nicotex Thanh Thai pesticide pollution case and the Ngoc Lac illegal waste dumping case on 9th May 2017. Near the Nicotex Thanh Thafactory, abnormal numbers of villagers have contracted cancer and suffered from miscarriage and birth defects, while the non-treatment of waste in Ngoc Lac creates a dangerous environment for air-borne and water-borne diseases to thrive. The field trip was the perfect opportunity to see how LPSD works with communities and to learn about its advocacy (in both the legal and public participation senses of the word) work in the Vietnamese context.

Meeting with Centre for Advanced Research on Global Change - when lawyers and scientists share the same voice

    On 17 March 2017, the Law and Policy of Sustainable Development Research Center (LPSD) had a great opportunity to receive the representatives from Centre for Advanced Research on Global Change (CARGC) as part of LPSD’s comprehensive partnership building to support severely affected communities by environmental pollution. CARGC is a public service unit under the management of Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment (HUNRE) and established under Decision No.188/QĐ-TĐHHN on 27 January 2015 with a mission to research and advise the board of directors in national and international scientific projects, while simultaneously providing public services in education, science and technology on in the global change field.  The representatives of the two centers positively discussed and shared about the work and experiences in different sectors such as: training, research, community support and legal advocacy.

Farewell meeting with the Q1/2017 interns & Welcoming the Q2/2017 interns

The Law and Policy of Sustainable Development Research Center, founded in 2007, is an organization that uses science and technology, law and policy for benefit of communities. At the moment, we are co-operating with individuals, organizations and experts in Vietnam and other countries, who have a high level of expertise in law, science, society, economics and environment, in order to contribute to developing our nation in globalized world. Because of that, the internship programs are designed to create suitable conditions for young people to work and gather experience in their fields. 


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