Creating Resilient Communities
Creating Resilient Communities
Vietnam is a rapidly growing economy and with industrialisation comes the need for increased resources such as electricity. To cope with this demand Vietnam has built many dams on its rivers. These dams have had a significant impact on the environment as well as on the lives of those people who were dependent on the river for their livelihood.
Vietnam is struggling to find a balance in its rapidly changing economic reality and its valued cultural and historical traditions. The country has made great strides in recent years but equality between men and women is still an issue in Vietnam, particularly in rural areas and more so in areas where communities have been affected by major construction and infrastructure development, such as hydropower dams (VietNam is currently 121/187 in the United Nations Gender-Related Development Index).
This project follows on from the work and achievements of 2014 [Monitoring the Environmental impact of Dams 2014 Project].
The communities that have been relocated to new areas by the building of the hydropower dams are still living in very difficult circumstances and seeking social justice. [Why Hydropower dams cause social and environmental problems]
Since 2003, there has been increasing dam construction on the upstream Srepok River, Sesan River and Sekon River. This has caused the forced resettlement of thousands of ethnic minority villagers in the dam areas and has impacted thousands of people in downstream with frequent and unpredictable floods deterioration of river water quality, decrease in fish catch, erosion of riverbanks, and impacts on riverbank farming, drinking water and health. Continue reading Hydropower Dams Impact on Women and Community Livelihood
This project involved working with local communities and faith-based organisations (FBOs), such as churches and pagodas, in developing methods to respond to climate change in the coastal based communities.
CSRD has worked on various projects in Climate Change Adaptation and Mediation. Continue reading Preparing Communities for Climate Change
This project’s objective was to develop strong networks across the Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam regions along the Mekong River and to develop strategies to protect the river and the livelihoods of those who depended on the river and the surrounding environment.
This project follows on from work completed in 2012-2113. [Giving a Voice to the Women – Phase 1]. It aims to work towards changing perceptions of the position of women in the community and also to educate the women about gender equality and their rights.[Why is Gender an issue in Vietnam]
Many dams have been constructed in Quang Nam and the first part of this project concentrated on the people who were re-settled in different areas due to the building of the dams and also people living downstream of the dams.
This project was to look at ways to save resources and introduce new environmental initiatives to selected communities in the Nam Dong District. The project covered three areas: The installation of biogas for cooking, composting and climate change awareness.
Vietnam is a rapidly growing economy and with industrialisation comes the need for increased resources such as electricity. To cope with this demand Vietnam has built many dams on its rivers. These dams have had a significant impact on the environment and on the lives of those people who were dependent on the river for their livelihood.
In the Huong Tra township within the Huong Chu commune a project was undertaken to help the local farmers improve their soil fertility and crop yields by learning compost making.
Sixty-five households took part in the project.
In Vietnam a high percentage of the population live in rural areas meaning that over ten million people are living and cooking mostly using wood as cooking fuel.
Only ten percent of the population uses Improved Cooking Stoves, which are stoves specifically made to make better use of the fuel.
CSRD helped plant a 30-hectare mangrove garden in the Con Te Lagoon on the outskirts of Hue City, to help with adaptation to climate change and to improve the water quality and ecology of the lagoon. The species planted included Sonneratia caseolaris, Engler, Bruguiea gymnorrhiza, Lamk, Rhizophora apiculata Bl and Avicennia.
The construction of the Ta Trach Reservoir, in 2004, forced nearly 4,000 people (mostly from the Van Kieu and Kinh ethnic minority groups) to be re-settled in other areas of the Phu Loc District in Central Vietnam. In the new location these people struggled to re-build their lives. Continue reading Giving a Voice to the Women – Phase 1
Continuing from work in 2014, CSRD, together with CORENARM, is working with communities (mostly ethnic minority groups) who have been resettled due to the building of hydropower dams. These people have been moved from their traditional homes and gardens to new accommodation with inadequate land for them to grow their own food.
Continue reading Helping Displaced Communities Learn New Skills
The former imperial capital of Hue is located near the mouth of the Perfume River and lies in the path of the East Asian Monsoons. Its proneness to flooding is exacerbated by climate change, urbanisation and upstream river management.
Both genders are affected by flooding, but women face Continue reading Climate Change Resilience and the Role of Gender
There is increasing concern at the overuse of chemical pesticides and fertilizers in agriculture, which put the health of consumers and farmers at risk, and pollute the environment. CSRD researched the issues then called an initial forum to stimulate debate, attended by NGOs, government and environmental protection agencies, farmers and universities. Continue reading Pesticides – Risk for Health and the Environment