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