The Vetiver Network International is an amazing nonprofit organization that has helped me to understand the importance of my environment and the environment surrounding me. TVNI is also touching the untouched and reaching the unreached through its network. It is now spreading its wings here in PNG where it was little known of. The PNG LNG project is a major user of the Vetiver Grass for its environmental protection. In the oil palm plantations where it was first introduced is having an impact in its soil erosion management practices and also at its waste management landfills. Thumbs up to the Vetiver Network International for making me environmentally conscious and making me GREENER than ever.
Papua New Guinea
Vetiver is literally saving lives in the places where it is used to prevent landslides. Not only does it stabilize slopes that may otherwise slide down (often burying humans and their houses), but it is said to augement crop yield by retaining water under the terraces which we cultivate. Extraordinary benefits from very little investment, (except for the labour involved in lifting a big clump and dividing it into smaller ones to plant a new row).
I have a small piece of land in a part of Mexico where the climate is tropical/humid. We receive about 1.5 metres of rain a year, usually squeezed into the months of June, July and August. We live in a basin-shaped hollow surrounded by steep slopes, and the soil is mostly clay. We have planted our own plot with vetiver very successfully from techniques learned via TVNI, and we now have some horizontal terraces rather than slopes. However to be really successful we would need to start higher up and as we don't own that land we can not do so. What we can do is spread the word and give vetiver to interested parties. The next challenge will be to plant enough little plantlets to make a nursery for future projects.
This network is the most experienced and educated in water and soil science and application
. Vetiver applications can undo mistakes made with the environment in the past and create a sustainable infrastructure for the future. They are far under funded for their potential and thank you for any continued support
TVNI continues to be a vast resource for promoting one of the most important dynamics in water and soil quality. A well organized non-profit that is user friendly and extremely informative. Vetiver is a solution to many problems around the world and this network does a great job disseminating it.
The TVNI is an almost unique, successful model of participation and promotion at the global "grassroots" level. The TVNI website is world's repository of information, experience and knowledge on the multiple uses of this remarkable grass species. By openly and freely sharing information, the network and its members have formed a global knowledge network community that begins at the level of the individual or group that has a felt need for what Vetiver Grass Technology (VGT) can do, but have not been able to find an affordable, manageable solution and so become interested, then involved and then, passionate about promotion to others.
International Vetiver Network has greatly impacted on Vietnamese community in a wide range, from natural disaster reduction (flood, landslide, road batter failure, river bank, irrigation canal and coastal erosion, water retaining structure instability etc.), environmental protection (reduction of land and water contamination, treatment of solid and liquid waste, soil improvement etc.), and many other uses. Not only supporting the Government with technical sharing in infrastructure protection, do Experts/Volunteers of Vetiver Network render micro-assistance to local population and tailor assistance to local needs. Such generous supports has kicked a significant climb out of poverty for a large segment of the community and shorten the distance to a secure and happier life. We own them a debt of gratitude!
The Vetiver Network International was established some 20 years ago. Over that time the Vetiver System applied to a number of critical environmental areas has become widely used. Others have recorded the value of this Network; I would like to add that our success has been due to the excellent interaction by users all over the world (via social media, workshops/conferences, and publications). This interaction has assured the sharing of views and new ideas; technical support to new users; encouragement: and of course many success stories. The Network has done this on an all volunteer basis and at very low cost. Those people interested in moving new technologies to communities at what ever economic level, but particularly those that are poor and in rural areas, might have something to learn from The Vetiver Network International
I joined The Vetiver Network International in 2012 when I was working as a civil engineer on a large project. I was enamored by the amazing environmental and social (land rehabilitation and community) work done by members all around the world, and the way all the information about projects and technical expertise is shared so generously.
Since 2013 I left the corporate world and begin a small business startup as well as non-profit work and have benefited from great technical and moral support from the founders, managers and members of this group; and personal networking connections within have been invaluable with helping me to grow professionally as an independent engineer, company and person.
International and regional conferences hosted every year are testimony to the strength of this group and commitment of its members, given the willingness to get together so frequently to share the latest advancements, most often at cost to the attendees. The personal and professional growth and team building and sense of community which comes out of these conferences is humbling and a lot of fun!
The Vetiver Latina network is a fantastic idea as it has connected many people in the Americas who are after the same thing, which is promotion and continual learning about a specific plant with remarkable characteristics - Chrysopogon zizanioides. This tropical, sub-tropical grass is gaining in popularity and has huge applications in public works, erosion and sediment control, water management, mining site rehabilitation, water quality improvement.. and the list goes on. Only recently have the engineering and construction community started to open up to these natural and less rigorous technologies, and it's so great that so many people are interested - because very often it will be found that these solutions are cheaper, greener and much more effective and reliable in the long term!
The information presented on TVNI website is a gold mine for people seeking an effective, low cost and natural technology for food security, environmental protection, rural employment and poverty amelioration just to name a few. The information is so comprehensive and simple that interested Vetiver user can use it to prepare, implement and monitor the measures they are interested. But most importantly, it is an interactive site so user can get in touch with the experts to discuss and seek further advice. I strongly recommend it to continue to receive top rating
I've been interacting with the network for the past couple of years to provide cutting edge knowledge to several of my projects with the World Bank. My clients in borrowing countries really appreciate the information I can share from the network.
I obtained so much useful information from the vetiver network international both for my research and practical consultancy project. My main area is on use of vetiver for erosion control in civil engineering application
We learned lot about the vetiver systems by the Vetiver Network International website. We practiced to clean the polluted water in public lake with the knowledge gathered from them. It is very interesting that we got online advice through the FB, by posing some pictures (floating wetlands with vetiver plants) of our work.
Vetiver Network International brings together people from many nations who work with vetiver grass for soil moisture, ground water recharge, slope stabilization and plant health. There are many research institutions that carry out studies on vetiver for many such applications. Then there are veteran people like Greenfield and Grimshaw who have limelighted vetiver and been the persons leading the vetiver organizations. Even today, I write on the news of vetiver developments, sometimes questioning some points, but the veterens, like Greenfield, counter my questions and seek explanation. The Vetiver Network International brings together veterens, experts, enthusiasts, and practical developers on the important part of vetiver for facing the climate change, and water problems of the world.
I have been a member of TVNI since 1996 when its founder Richard Grimshaw visited Madagascar where I was working. Since that time, I have volunteered to work on promoting vetiver technology around the world. A an international development professional I have lived in 9 countries on long-term assignments and visited many others on short-term assignments. Development activities aimed at relieving poverty, increasing the quality of life for those in underdeveloped countries is hugely important but very hard to sustain. Finding strategies and actions that stand on their own once the development funding ends is truly frustrating in that they are few and far between. It is this point that has vexed the efforts of so many donors, agencies and organizations in transferring technology and information that transforms developing countries into modern ones capable of increasing the health and wealth status of citizens in underdeveloped areas of the world. Vetiver technology has stood the test of time having been in Indian culture for many thousands of years. In the 20th century it has been expanded through research and development to cover many of the issues that must be addressed if societies are to advance. Linking improved productivity on the land to sustainable management of natural resources to improved social development is at the heart of how vetiver technology touches many people. The TVNI as an international NGO harnesses the efforts of volunteers in over 100 countries around the world to demonstrate its merits and implement projects to insure its use. I am a part of that effort and it has changed my life. The most important aspect is that as a technology it is easy to understand, easy to do and lasts a very long time. TVNI has remained a totally volunteer organization over time has is able to operate without any dependence on financial contributions. It is this aspect that is amazing when you consider the plethora of organizations whose overheads financially speaking limit their ability to survive if funding is removed. I am able to communicate with almost anyone anywhere using social media these days and as such can provide advice to a wide range of people. The TVNI website houses all the technical information and serves as a repository of documents, images, videos and links specialists to those who need assistance. Richard Grimshaw maintains the website and does this as a volunteer. At the end of the day, it is gratifying to know that you can help out in a significant way simply by showing a path to those whose quality of life is less than yours. TVNI is a great Non Profit organization.
I live and breathe vetiver everyday where I live and work in Ghana. It is an ideal environment for vetiver and its use solves a myriad of problems. I currently have projects ranging from protecting a beach resort from coastal erosion, to protecting small village dams to insure that they have water during the dry season, to introducing it to a large gold mining company about to open a 4000 acre mine in S. Ghana that needs to buffer itself from surrounding towns and the watershed as it produces highly toxic byproducts as it mines gold, to introducing vetiver production for renewable fiber production used to weave baskets in N. Ghana, to trimming my plantings in my own garden where they set off a whole host of tropical shrubs and flowers. I learned vetiver technology from the founders of the Vetiver Network International and since the mid 90s it has transformed my life and my ability to provide solutions where none existed before. It is humbling to have this knowledge and see all the misery that poverty and underdevelopment causes where I live and work. Anyone can use vetiver, understand it, touch it, feel it and watch it work all by itself. Due to its multitude of uses to numerous to list here, it can fit into any landscape, into any economy, into any situation where the land is negatively affected either by erosion, pollution, or neglect. In Ghana, hundreds of millions of dollars are being thrown at problems with poor results and little or nothing to show at the end of the day. Vetiver use and its positive impact is the exception to the rule. It can be used incorrectly and thus fail, but it is difficult to mess it up as the rules are so simple. Use the right material, plant it correctly, get it started over a short period of a few months and then let it does its thing over the next 6-10 decades. When you can stop all soil erosion, when you can prevent roads and buildings from falling apart, when you can clean polluted water, when you can transform degraded land into productive sites, when you can give hope where that commodity is always in short supply, then you have a winner. Vetiver technology does not ask much of the user but gives back to the user so much that you have to see it to believe it. I have personally promoted vetiver throughout the world and concentrated on work on the African continent is some very difficult places such as DR Congo. Whether it is in DR Congo or in Morocco or Ghana or Kenya or Burkina Faso or Senegal or S. Africa, it still does the same thing bringing green solutions to problems that have outwitted humans for centuries. It is such a good feeling to be a part of sustainable solutions for so many who desperately need be healthier and wealthier. Improving the land is always a starting point and there is no limit to what you can accomplish.
This network helps the world by preventing the lost of top soil from eroding into the river. Without vetiver grass, there is no better way to preserve this precious top soil which takes thousands of years to restore.
TVNI was established by a group of volunteered people who want the world to be better by using this unique vetiver grass. Because of TVNI, we have learned that vetiver not only prevent soil loss for farmers but could absorb toxic chemicals in soil and water that are harmful to lives. The grass also help reduce the effect of climate change by absorbing tons of carbon dioxide. Those are just a few benefit we get from vetiver. His Majesty the King of Thailand has realized the benefits through TVNI therefore gave initiatives on using vetiver all over Thailand. With TVNI easily reached on the web, we can access lots of information about how to use vetiver to serve our purpose. From my point of view, the world should admire this volunteer group who work together to save the world.
Conozco el Sistema Vetiver desde 2.005,, y he aprendido de esta tecnología muchísimo, y lo he puesto en practica en obras de Bioingenieria en Colombia en Espinal - Tolima, Florencia - Caqueta, Girardot - Cundinamarca, Chinchina - Caldas, Pereira - Risaralda, Chia - Cundinamarca, Fusagasuga - Cundinamarca, Anapoima - Cundinamarca y otras poblaciones, donde se ha dejado un precedente notorio y para mostrar la eficiencia de un material vegetal excelente par Control de Erosión, Estabilización de taludes, Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales, control de sedimentación, y manejo de lixiviados.
I am a supplier of Vetiver in Texas, USA. TVNI helps my customers learn about the myriad uses and benefits of Vetiver. The organization helps me help my customers better utilize Vetiver in their plans.
We are going thru' the formality of registering a humanitarian site in East Sumba, Indonesia. This island's climate is influenced by the Australian landmass. It is in aid of the poor indigenous people who live in remote villages. Tuberculosis, typhoid and malaria are prevalent in the remote areas. Dr Rani Manu Mesa gives of her time to visit as many areas as possible with a volunteer team from her hospital in Waingapu. This part of Indonesia is dry and desolate so part of her program is to research and improve sustainability and thu' the vetiver site she has begun a program to prove up vetiver beds among rows to catch run off when it rains. Vegetables are grown between hedges. We are hoping the terraced effect will become a feature in all villages as there are countless 'prairie-like hills in this part of the world. Most are barren as a result of the sandalwood forests being depleted over the 19th and 20th century.
TVNI is an amazingly informative and selfless organisation. It has reached nearly all the "corners" of the world with its diverse knowledge for using Vetiver in all sorts of climates, cultures and activities.
TVNI is very informative website. Previously I was Interested in vetiver due to its amazing features and wide range of application in many fields of environmental problems around the world. Its a miracle plant. As i started doing my research using vetiver i was more and more fascinated and wanted to developing my career further in more research and studies about vetiver. The plant is multifunctional and suits over a wide range of environmental condition and also beneficial in every aspects of its features and service it provides to human kind and nature. TVNI and Vetiver Network groups have really contributed alot to spread its application and conducting new and more interesting researches and sharing the ideas through out the world.
By heart i wish TVNI and Vetiver Network to be the best non profit groups