Project’s name: Improving women’s capacity in building a sustainable livelihood model based on effective management and use of water resources in the upper reaches of the A Sap River in A Luoi district, Thua Thien Hue Province, Viet Nam.
Estimated timeline: From 01.06.2022 to 31.05.2024 (According to the sponsorship agreement)
Location of project implementation: A Sap River Basin in A Luoi district, Thua Thien Hue Province, Viet Nam.
1. Objectives and main results of the project:
a) Objectives:
– Promote the role of women in effective management and use of water resources to ensure household livelihoods in the fisheries sector
– Increase the participation of riparian communities in sustainable water management
Strengthen the cooperation of all stakeholders (both public and private) in the development of sustainable livelihood models based on nature
b) Results:
Result 1. Community capacity in water and fisheries governance (especially women) is enhanced, through research, training series, study tours, experience sharing sessions, etc.
Result 2. The model of sustainable fisheries co-management with the participation of women was put into practice, through Component 2 on Local Livelihood Development with the participation of women.
Result 3. Inter-stakeholder cooperation in supporting sustainable livelihoods is established, maintained, and developed, through consultation sessions with stakeholders, programs with the participation of many parties – especially the Women’s Union at all levels and District People’s Committees – such as the Voice of Women Program and the Livelihoods Initiative Competition based on Sustainable Water Governance.
A Luoi is a mountainous district located in the southwest of Thua Thien – Hue province, more than 70 km from Hue city, with an area of over 122,000 hectares – the largest in the province. This is upstream of many big rivers in Hue, of which two rivers flow to Laos, the A Sap River, and the A Lin River. In particular, the community along the A Sap river in A Luoi district, Thua Thien Hue province, is facing many difficulties related to the management and use of water resources to ensure their lives. The A Sap river basin is one of the tributaries with a high biodiversity index with a great degree of uniqueness. This basin has 213 species of fish belonging to 33 families, of which 64 species are migratory and 62 are endemic to the Mekong river system and 15 are endemic to only the 3S river system. In general, aquatic resources in the A Sap river basin are diverse. The efficient use of water resources in the upstream area not only provides a source of nutrition and sustainable income for the people here but also contributes to ecosystem conservation and maintenance of biodiversity for the entire river basin area.