The legal framework in Vietnam includes constitutional provisions for access to information and access to justice. In addition, multiple pieces of legislation govern all three access rights. However, the TAI assessment revealed that the laws do not have clear stipulations binding the state agencies to provide timely information, or technical support. Additionally enforcement of laws remains highly problematic.
The TAI coalition in Vietnam is led by the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE). With 110 member organizations in various sectors and provinces, VACNE is a broad social organization concerned over the protection of natural resources and environment of Vietnam. It encourages the rational use, rehabilitation, and regeneration of natural resources, and the protection and improvement of the environment of Vietnam, contributing to protection of the environment regionally and globally.
As part of the Rio +20 event, VACNE drafted a decree on mobilizing communities for environmental protection and sustainable development. The decree states that it is essential to promote the important and decisive role of communities in environmental protection and sustainable development of the country. The decree also defines the necessary information for the community and participation of the community in relevant activities.
A TAI assessment of Vietnam was completed in December 2007. The 20 cases studies in the assessment were presented in numerous workshops across the country. Results were also published in a publicly available book, “Community with Environment.”