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Culture Identity and Resources Use Management (CIRUM) is a local environmental NGO working with forest living and forest-margin living ethnic minority people in mountainous areas of Vietnam. We work with them because they are the most deprived and excluded people in Vietnamese society.  Over the past decades, these forest people have watched helplessly the mismanagement and destruction of their lands.  The ever increasing pressures on forest lands and forest conflicts are a continuous source of challenge to minority groups to sustain their livelihoods, stability and identity. Therefore, all of CIRUM’s interventions aim to solve forest and land conflicts, and secure ethnic minority people’s rights to access, control and benefit from their forest and land resources in a way that is sustainable and in line with their own values, needs, knowledge and customs.

CIRUM has been working successfully at grassroots level for many years to assist the development of community based organisations, and the development and implementation of models of sustainable forest management and land use and rights; provide services to forest peoples to build their capacity to lobby and advocate on their own behalf  and  assist communes and districts in land allocation programmes. We have been working in North Vietnam, and now are moving more of our focus into Central Vietnam and into the Central Highlands region.  

We are passionate in our work, witnessing the crisis of our communities. We have a dedicated Board of senior advisors, experts in their fields. We have 13 permanent staff.  Field staff  are community- based, and have strong local support not only from our communities with which they work on a daily basis, but also from local authorities. We are trusted.

At the community level we ensure that decisions in which we are involved are always participatory. In reality we are facilitators, helping communities to make decisions over working plans, choosing those who will go for training or workshops and any other activities. One of our strengths is our participatory and democratic approach, working in partnership with our beneficiaries. This encourages them to speak out and gain confidence in themselves and their culture. Our organisation is open and non-hierarchical, allowing for honesty and learning.

CIRUM has been involved with LNGO partners The Social Policy Ecological Research Institute (SPERI), The Consultancy for Development (CODE), Centre for Indigenous Research and Development (CIRD) and the Rural Development and Poverty Reduction Fund (RDPR) for some years. We initiated the Forest Land Coalition, and the Forest Peoples Land rights Network (LandNet). We are also acting as the coordinator of the Secretary group of this network.




Mr. Lu Van Que
Board Chairman. He is a Thai ethnic minority person from the Mai Chau district, Son La province. He has been the Vice-Minister of the Committee of Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA), Chairman of Son La People’s Committee and President of Vietnam Fatherland Front. At present he is a member of the steering committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front. He remains very much involved in policy research and analysis related to ethnic minority affairs and makes important contribution to policy lobby and advocacy.

Ms. Pham Thi Suu
She is currently Head of the Ethnic Minority Policy Department of CEMA, with over 20 years of experience in this area. She is committed to the development of appropriate policies to improve the life of ethnic minority people in Vietnam. 

Mr. Nguyen Van Tien
Vice Head of Ethnic Minority Department of National Assembly Office. He is committed to working for ethnic minority people and making efforts for contribute to improved ethnic minority policies and development.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan
 She is the coordinator of lobby & advocacy for CARE International in Vietnam. Ms Nhan is experienced in partnerships with different development organizations and government official, and skilled in communications for lobby and advocacy activities and networking.
Mr. Peter King
Mr. King of British nationality is currently our Organizational Development Advisor. Peter has many years of experience in project management and organizational development work in Asia and the Pacific. He is very happy to assist in program development, and to help connect CIRUM with international partners.

Ms. Tran Thi Hoa
Director of CIRUM, Secretary of CIRUM Board. Ms Hoa is very experienced in ethnic minority forest and land rights and community development. She is a trainer in gender and household economic management, a facilitator in establishing customary law based forest management and protection, community based organizations, and networking at village level for lobbying and advocacy.

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