Creating Resilient Communities


Promoting Gender equality and empowerring women

This project aims to promote gender equality in the 3S river area by facilitating economic development for women in three districts in the provinces of Thua Thien Hue, Dak Lak and Dak Nong. The project applies Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Gender Impact Assessment (GIA), to make the EIA process more comprehensive and more accountable, in line with policy provisions for hydropower development in Vietnam.

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Community – Based ecotourism

Community-based ecotourism has emerged as a sustainable approach to economic development in recent decades. The profits from this model not only help improve household income in disadvantaged regions, but also increase awareness about the value of natural resources.

In the past year, CSRD organized study tours for groups from many backgrounds to CSRD projects.

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Enhancing the role of women in business

Research was conducted in four provinces using qualitative research methods to study the situation in each province. Research shows that women in rural and semi-rural areas take on three roles – family, economic development and community. Although the assignment of roles is a cultural decision, in many areas change is slow and women face difficulties when engaging in business.

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This A Luoi family were displaced when the A Luoi dam was built. They struggle to feed their family having o longer access to fishing in the river or growing their own food.

Hydropower Dams Impact on Women and Community Livelihood

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


Planting Mangroves

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.

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Monitoring the Environmental & Social Impacts of Hydropower Dams

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] 

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Why Gender is an Issue in Vietnam

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).

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The Improved Cooking Stove does not create smoke which means it is a healthier option as well as burning more efficiently.

Better Ways to Cook

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.

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