Enhancing flood Resilience in urban and coastal areas in Thua Thien Hue province

Enhancing flood Resilience in urban and coastal areas in Thua Thien Hue province

The Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD) in Hue is combining with the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science from Potsdam University in Germany to implement a project which will make Hue and nearby coastal areas more resilient to flooding and climate change. The project – “Enhancing Flood Resilience in Urban and Coastal Areas in Thua Thien Hue Province”
The project will inplement a technique called ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to enhance flood resilience urban and coastal areas in Thua Thien Hue province. It will also focus on gender issues in relation to disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA).

Pesticides Training for 400 people in Huong Hoa district

Pesticides Training for 400 people in Huong Hoa district

The Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD) is working with the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) in Quang Tri Province to train local farmers to use pesticides more safely.  During two weeks in July, CSRD organized 8 training courses on “Manage and use pesticides safely and effectively ” for nearly 400 people from 08 communes: A Tuc, Tan Lien, Xy, A Doi, Thuan, Tan Long, Pa Tang and Khe Sanh town, Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province.

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Participants join the training course in Tan Long commune.
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Participants join a discussion group on the use of pesticides.

Huong Hoa district has more than 25,000ha of agricultural cultivation, mainly for cassava, coffee and pepper cultivation. The use of large quantities of pesticides is a matter of local concern because this is a district located in the watershed, the people’s education level is low.  Unsafe use of chemical pesticides will affect water and the environment and will have a negative impact on the health of people, especially when people take fresh water directly from rivers and streams.

The main participants in the training courses were farmers, managers of crop clubs, pesticide shop owners and commune officials in Huong Hoa district.

Through training courses, staff from the DPP provided local people with basic knowledge about climate change and the impact of climate change on agricultural production. In addition, people were told how to identify some common pesticides used in agricultural production and how to use pesticides using the principles of the “4 rights”, and about safety for the environment and human health. The participants used protective gear and on-site mixing techniques to minimize the harm from using them. Methods of collection and treatment of waste from pesticides were also introduced during the training program.

Mr. Nguyễn Xuân Thế – Head of DPP for Huong Hoa district said: “People here spray a lot, especially with plant fertilisers.  They are unaware of the danger of these chemicals to their own health or the impact on the environment. I find that this training course is really essential for the people”. Mr Nguyễn Văn Hoạt (Pa Tầng commune) agreed: “The content of the training is very practical. I will remember and share it with the people who didn’t participate in this training so they will have as much knowledge as me”.

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Participant speaking in a discussion group.
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Participants practice mixing pesticides and using safety gear in Ba Tang Commune.

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Unit to make television reportage in Quang Tri province

Unit to make television reportage in Quang Tri province

CSRD will cooperate with Plant Protection Office of Quang Tri province will conduct the project “Communication for raising awareness on pesticide use and water resource protection for farmers in Quang Tri province, central Viet Nam” which is funded by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Đông Nam Á (RLS SEA).

Objective

  • Public awareness on the threat of agrochemical water resources in Central province of Viet Nam increased and widely – spread

Project activities:

  • Making a short Video in Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province – hot spots of pesticide overuse and improper pesticide waste management.
  • Organising 08 training courses in 08 communes of Huong Hoa district. The target groups of the training are farmers, the environmental staff at district and commune levels and some pesticide shop. The training will focus on how to use pesticide in a safe way and how to manage the pesticide waste (after use).

The terms of reference for position title is the organization which will make TV report and show it on Quảng Tri television.

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Kickoff meeting for pesticide project in Quang Tri province

Kickoff meeting for pesticide project in Quang Tri province

People in Quang Tri Province need to know about the dangers of pesticide pollution.  On 9th June, 2017 The Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD) and the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) in Quang Tri Province had a meeting about their project “Communication on raising awareness about using pesticides and protecting water resources for farmers in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam”.  The project is sponsored by The The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

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Overview of the kickoff meeting.

During June and July, the project will produce a documentary film and organize 08 training courses to increase awareness of local people about pesticides.  The focus will be on Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri. Huong Hoa is not a farming area, but is a hot spot for pesticide pollution. It is a water catchment area, where people have limited education.  Unsafe handling of pesticides will have negative impacts on the environment and will affect the health of downstream communities, especially when combined with the impacts of Climate Change.

At the meeting, Ms Phạm Thị Diệu My (Director of CSRD) and Ms Nguyễn Thị Hồng Phương (Head of DPP) agreed to commit the utmost effort to implement the project. Ms My explained: “CSRD want to work with ethnic minority communities and to support them. This project will focus on raising people’s awareness and changing how pesticides are used. And Climate Change will be integrated into all project activities”.

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Ms Nguyễn Thị Hồng Phương – Head of DPP in Quang Tri province at the meeting.

Activities will be regularly updated on the CSRD website.

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Raising awareness about pesticides and agriculture

Raising awareness about pesticides and agriculture

The Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD) is working with the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) in Quang Tri Province to raise awareness about the use of pesticides in agriculture.  The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation has invested 150 million vnd in the project – “Communication on raising awareness about using pesticides and protecting water resources for farmers in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam” – which will run from May to October 2017.

CSRD carried out a survey of the use of pesticides and the status of the old pesticides in 2016.  It found that Quang Tri province has many polluted places and has high levels of pesticide residues dating from the subsidy period of the 1970s and earlier. Local farmers are also abusing pesticides due to lack of knowledge or short-term benefits.

Mr Tran Van Tan (Head of DPP in Quang Tri Province) said: “More than 90% of farmers use inorganic pesticides and more than 4,000 different drugs are being used in the province”. People used pesticides as a “short-term fix” but the quality of farmland is declining and diseases are increasing. There is a high risk that these chemicals will leak into rivers, streams and groundwater systems and that they will pollute the aquatic environment, and this risk is greater in the context of climate change. However, there is only limited awareness among farmers of the environmental and health dangers from pesticides. There have been great efforts to improve the management and processing of pesticide waste and to raise community awareness, but these have not yet been very effective.

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Survey of old pesticide stockpiles in Quang Tri province in 2016. (Photo: CSRD).
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Packages of used pesticides are just thrown in the field. (Photo: CSRD).

In this project CSRD will aim to raise farmers’ awareness of the dangers of water pollution from agrochemicals and will thus change the way they use pesticides. The project will also report on pesticide abuse by farmers during agricultural production, with a focus on Huong Hoa district which is a pollution hot spot for Quang Tri province. In addition, 08 training courses on Safety Guidelines for Pesticide Use will be organized for farmers, district and commune environmental staff, and pesticide stores. Participants will plan action for the more effective management and use of pesticides in Huong Hoa District, with support from CSRD and DPP, Quang Tri Province.

CSRD together with DPP, Quang Tri Province and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation will disseminate information on the project, and activities will be regularly updated on the CSRD website.

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Project About Conservation and Development of Resources in the Central Highlands

Project About Conservation and Development of Resources in the Central Highlands

The Central Highlands is the upstream area of many large rivers such as the Srepok River, the Sesan River, the Ba River, and the Dong Nai River. However, water resources and biodiversity in this area are declining in both quality and quantity due to the pressure of building hydropower dams, mining, developing cultivated areas for industrial crops.  On top of all this, there are the negative impacts of climate change.

Accordingly, the Government has issued policies and directives related to the rehabilitation and development of forest resources and stopping the exploitation of natural wood, and the conservation and development of the water resources of the rivers.

Accordingly, the Government has issued policies and directives related to the rehabilitation and development of forest resources and stopping the exploitation of natural wood, and the conservation and development of the water resources of the rivers.

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Conservation and Resource Development: Community is the Decisive Factor.

With funding from Oxfam Novib, the Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD) collaborated with PanNature on the “Water Resources Management” project in Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak and Dak Nong provinces. The main purpose of the project is to contribute to the conservation and improvement of the livelihoods of local communities in the Srepok and Sesan Rivers.  We also wish to raise awareness of the community and policy makers and to share practical experience in forest governance and community-based resources at the national and regional levels.

CSRD will undertake and fulfil a second objective of the project “Promote meaningful participation through community networks in Srepok River basin management in Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Kon Tum and Dak Nong provinces”. The project duration is from in June 2016 to May 2017, with a total budget of 457,000,000 VND. The project activities focus on:

  •      Strengthening the capacity of local community groups,
  •      Focusing on women and youth groups in the river basin,
  •      Supporting sustainable livelihood initiatives while preserving natural ecosystems, and
  •      Developing a network of community links.

This project will bring about positive changes for community groups by setting a goal for a sustainable community economy alongside the conservation and development of natural resources.

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Pure Vegetable Store – New Social Enterprise

Pure Vegetable Store – New Social Enterprise

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SusuXanh shops logo

CSRD has commenced a new social enterprise – SusuXanh vegetable store. Chemicals used in agriculture can poison plants, soil, groundwater and your family but CSRD sources produce from farmers who grow according to FIVE NOs:

  1. No herbicides
  2. No chemical fertilizer residues
  3. No growth stimulants
  4. No preservatives
  5. No GMOs (Genetically modified organism)

CSRD is also working with a range of local farmers to help them learn new techniques to produce safe vegetables and fruit without the use of chemicals.

Find the SuSu Xanh store at 32 Dong Da, Hue (opposite the Festival Hue Hotel) Ph. 0935 257 263 Facebook: Susu Xanh Hue.

New – Customised Study Tours now available

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Due to requests from a number of Universities and Educational centres, CSRD has organised a series of new study tours. Participants are able to visit a range of different project sites, depending on their particular interest, including mangrove regeneration, biogas installations, aquaculture, hydropower dams, organic farming, composting and climate change mitigation.

Students from a range of backgrounds benefit from seeing projects  frist-hand and are able to understand the issues faced by many communities. Study areas include: Climate Change, Aquaculture, International Development, Tourism Development, Cultural Studies, Environmental Science, Social Science (Development Studies), Politics, Agriculture and Forestry, Rural Planning and Geography.

If you, or your organisation is interested in a study tour please contact us and we can develop a customised tour to suit your time and interest.

For more information or to arrange your study tour please contact:

Tran Thi Thanh Tam (Ms)

Study Tour Programme Officer
Tel/Fax: (+ 84) 54 3837714                           Mobile: +84 01214547296
Email : thanhtam.csrd@gmail.com