Pang village is one of the 10 villages in Dong Van commune. Before 2006, the Pang villagers settled on the bank of Chu river in the north of Dong Van commune, Que Phong district, Nghe An province. By 2006, all settlements were submerged in the Cua Dat reservoir, so the villagers moved to resettle in the new village. There are 254 people, 55 households, of which 53 are Thai ethnic group (accounting for 99%) and 2 Kinh households (1%) settling in the village in early 2016. There remain 14 poor households (25.5%), and 6 near poor households (10.9%).
The land allocated to Pang households is mostly covered with poor forests, which are regenerated after slash and burn cultivation. In addition, the new resettled inhabitants need to use much wood and firewood. Therefore, the area of bare land and poor forest is still large in the village. In order to protect forest, generate income, and preserve the rare species in the forests, the Pang women have proposed to support a project for forest regeneration and enrichment by using native forestry species. The project has a scale of 25,000 to 30,000 native forestry seedlings, and is implemented in 2017-2018. Women play a key role in running the nursery operations, with support from their husbands, youths, village management board, Dong Van Commune People's Committee, LandNet in Que Phong district and CIRUM.
The Pang nursery was established in March 2017 with a total area of 350 square meters. After nearly six months of implementation, to date, local women and community members have created nearly 10,000 seedlings of Lát Hoa
(Chukrasia tabularis), Xoan Đào
(Chinaberry) and cinnamon, which will be planted in the forest of 17 households in September 2017. In order to obtain the mentioned results, the project management board has mobilized nearly 500 working days (mostly contributed by women) during the implementation process.
Ms. Sam Thi Tien, Pang village project manager, shared, "At first, the women were very worried because they had not worked with nursery yet. Now they know how to make beds, mix and prepare soil, and nurse the seedlings. They are all excited and happy to participate because they get more nursery knowledge, and simultaneously obtain a source of quality seedlings to plant on their own forest land".
At present, 17 nursery team members have held a meeting and registered to plant native forest trees on the poor forestland areas, which were allocated to the households for management and protection. The involved 17 households set up plan to prepare land, dig holes and plant trees in August and early September 2017. They will grow 5,000 - 6,000 seedlings on the total planted area of 3-4ha. After completion of this activity, the project management board and households will keep operating the nursery in Phase two, focusing on the incubation of Cinnamon, Giổi
(Menghundor) and Mỡ
(Magnolia chevalieri) by the end of 2017.
Picture 1: Nursery in Pang village, Đồng Văn commune
Picture 2: Making beds and preparing soils
Picture 3: nursing seeds
Picture 4: Transplanting seedlings
Picture 5: Seedlings of Xoan Đào
Picture 6: Mrs. Sầm Thị Tiến, management board leader, sharing at the nursery