Webinars

TVNI hosted three webinars during 2021. They were well received and there is interest in more to follow. TVNI members also participated in webinars managed by outside hosts. Webinars are livestreamed on YouTube and can be watched at any time along with other videos on TVNI’s YouTube channel (8) TVNI Webinars & Videos Channel – YouTube

TVNI will post third party Vetiver-focused webinars on this page if provided a short description of the webinar, the names of the primary presenters/speakers and the url link to the recording.

TVNI WEBINARS (and “public disscussions”)

#1 WEBINAR (completed) – Webinar Video at: https://youtu.be/p4OM9Vm1IqE and pdf
— Embedding Vetiver Grass Technology into Farm Systems at various scales under tropical and semi-tropical conditions. Presented by Dick Grimshaw and Jim Smyle

#2 WEBINAR (completed) Webinar video at: https://youtu.be/dqb3os89sYQ
Developing, marketing and social impact of vetiver grass based handicrafts.
Videos of individual presentations: Jacob Jose (india); Paula Leao Pereira (Brazil); Vonnie Roudette (St Vincent and The Grenadines); June Slinger (Grenada); Oswaldo Luque (Venezuela)

#3 DISCUSSION (completed) discussion video at: https://youtu.be/W90OOgFJa70

Can the Vetiver System be used for coastal protection in West Bengal’s Sundarbans?
This video comprises of a presentation by Samir Patitunda and Syed Samsun Nabi describing some of the physical and social problems as a result of extreme weather events in the Sundarbans of West Bengal. This is followed by presentations from Tran Van, Tran Man and Paul Truong describe how the Vetiver System has been effectively used since the late 1990’s for coastal sea dyke and estuarine river bank stabilization in north and central Vietnam and the Mekong Delta under not dissimilar conditions to those in the Sundarbans. Mohammad Shariful Islam describes his 20 years of vetiver research and development in successful applications for coastal infrastructure stabilization in areas contiguous to West Bengal’s Sundarbans. These presentations are followed by an open discussion. Some interesting points emerge including the need for full community acceptance and participation; the need for quality plant and site applications; the potential use of jute fiber matting in conjunction with vetiver to enhance stability in the first year of vetiver establishment especially on sandy and “liquid” soils; the value of well planted vetiver hedges of sufficient density and number that reduces wave run up damage to the embankments and is equivalent to approximately a 10% saving in dyke/embankment height – significant saving in construction costs. Also the importance of planting vetiver on the inside slopes of dykes to prevent erosion from over topping storm surges. Post application maintenance is relatively simple and low cost and important for long term durability. Rules have to be agreed with local communities as to how the dykes are used, and once agreed need to be adhered to.

#4 China Vetiver Network Webinar. This webinar was held on November 17 and contained some interesting features. We have split the five presentations into separate You Tube videos. The main “takeaways” were: (1) China Vetiver Network under the leadership of Liyu Xu has been in operation now for 24 years and has played an important and sustained function in the promotion and use of VS in China; (2) much has been learned from VS application in China during that time;(3) the Chinese Government’s Climate Action policies are giving VS a new momentum and prominence; (4) the quality of VS applications in China is very good; (5) private sector companies play an important role; (6) applications are carried out at an impressive scale — 270,000 ha of rice with reduced stem borer incidence due to the Vetiver System – A single company produces 90 million vetiver plants over 4 years – tertiary treatment to environmental standards of 80,000 tons/day of the City of Wenzhou’s sewage effluent using floating vetiver; (7) a growing appreciation that vetiver applications have many important secondary ecological and economic benefits that accrue automatically following application for the primary use; and  a realization that environmental awareness needs to be taught to children at a young age.

The five videos are: