Creating Resilient Communities


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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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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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

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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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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