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

in the riverside communities both upstream and downstream of dams built on rivers in Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Dak Lak and Dak Nong provinces. CSRD had a meeting with representatives of people affected by the hydropower project which involved a simple but highly effective dialogue with investors and project owners about resettlement compensation in the riverside communities both upstream and downstream of dams built on rivers in Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Dak Lak and Dak Nong provinces. CSRD had a meeting with representatives of people affected by the hydropower project which involved a simple but highly effective dialogue with investors and project owners about resettlement compensation

in the riverside communities both upstream and downstream of dams built on rivers in Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Dak Lak and Dak Nong provinces. CSRD had a meeting with representatives of people affected by the hydropower project which involved a simple but highly effective dialogue with investors and project owners about resettlement compensation in the riverside communities both upstream and downstream of dams built on rivers in Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Dak Lak and Dak Nong provinces. CSRD had a meeting with representatives of people affected by the hydropower project which involved a simple but highly effective dialogue with investors and project owners about resettlement compensation in the riverside communities both upstream and downstream of dams built on rivers in Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Dak Lak and Dak Nong provinces. CSRD had a meeting with representatives of people affected by the hydropower project which involved a simple but highly effective dialogue with investors and project owners about resettlement compensation in March 2016 in Buon Ma Thuot City. At the end of the first workshop, CSRD supported 10 communities in Central and Central Highlands to conduct monitoring of the impact of hydropower projects on livelihoods and the local environment. After 3 months of testing of research methods, the community researchers reported the results of monitoring, and CSRD organized field trip with personal interviews, group interviews and on-site observations (with recording and photos). These were held in the four provinces of Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Dak Lak and Dak Nong. Monitoring in the communities is conducted by people in the affected areas and continues until the end of August with the support of professional experts and advice from a lawyer. The research is conducted with the participation of farmer networks that CSRD developed three years ago. Farmer groups join up to collect and analyze information and to consult with investors and local authorities to overcome hydropower impacts and to improve the lives of communities.

The findings of community groups have also been shared with the Third People’s Forum – Hydropower Central Highland: Interests of People and Responsibilities of Stakeholders in early December 2016 at Da Nang City. From these findings which reflect the recommendations of the people and the opinions of the research project, the Forum obtained suggestions and recommendations for investors and the hydropower agencies, as well as the support of communities affected by hydropower projects.