Supporting Local Communities and Conserving Resources
CSRD is working with a community in Dak Lak province to develop a sustainable livelihood model and to conserve valuable natural resources. The project – “Management of Water Resources and Aquatic Products in River Basins” – recognizes the role of the local community as a direct user of natural resources, and also as the manager and guardian of those resources.
The project involves setting up a resource conservation and management group with a focus on the role of women. It also involves monitoring and protection activities, and will address fishing and water pollution problems. The project has a budget of 20,000,000 VND to set up each ‘livelihood model’ for the conservation and management of water resources. The livelihood models are based on the needs of the community and have an aim of sustainable development of water resources. The activities involve raising fish in ponds and cages in the hamlets of Ea Tung, Na Wer, and Tan Phu in Krong Ana and Buon Don Districts.
He project budget will be used for monitoring of water resources, raising young fish for breeding, and maintaining the aquatic resources of the river. Wherever possible, project activities will be coordinated and integrated with other projects to produce greater benefits.
Ea Tung hamlet has twelve members and is one of the three hamlets which are being supported to develop fish farming in ponds. Besides raising fish in ponds, the members are also involved in the water resources group. They carry out patrols and regularly monitor activities which may have a negative impact on water resources and aquatic products in the Sre Pok River. Through their monitoring and patrols, the group stops the spread of destructive exploitation and water pollution activities and helps raise community awareness. The first harvest from the fish ponds will occur in February 2018 with 5% of the profits committed to maintaining the activities of the group.