Creating Resilient Communities
Creating Resilient Communities
The overall objective of the project is to support hydropower companies and government agencies to consider the role of Gender in the process of hydropower development along the 3S river system in the Central and Central Highlands, Vietnam. CSRD has implemented a lot of activities to better understand the impact of gender on the livelihoods
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.
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.
The volume of solid waste is rising rapidly while landfill is not likely to expand in many areas of Thua Thien Hue province. Thua Thien Hue’s Solid Waste Management Plan 2030-2050 includes proposals for industry, operations and community mobilization to reduce pollution and to improve people’s awareness.
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.
Using the results from the previous year, in 2016 CSRD continued the project “Promoting a Participatory Approach to Hydropower Development and Monitoring in the Central and Central Highlands, Vietnam”. The project was carried out from March to July, 2016
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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.
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.
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]
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]
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.