August marks an important milestone for the BCR project in Vietnam. Having worked with community and government partners to identify priority resilience building pilot projects, the project is now working with partners to roll out these projects. Approximately US$350,000 has been allocated for their implementation including approximately $50,000 in co-funding from the IUCN MCC/MFF project in Ben Tre. The 10 pilot projects involve the following:
- Community-based adaptation to climate change impacts through mangrove reforestation and strengthening a compacted earth sea dyke to protect crop land in Soc Trang Province.
- Clean water and environmental sanitation to improve CC adaptation capacity for vulnerable people under impacts of CC in Trung Binh and An Thanh Nam communes, Soc Trang Province.
- Conservation of coastal aquatic species in the near-shore fishery by conversion to more sustainable fishing practice and gear in Soc Trang Province.
- Supporting the Soc Trang Women’s Union with new climate proofed livelihoods and CC awareness-raising.
- CC awareness-raising, and livelihood diversification in Kien Giang Province.
- Clean water, sanitation and waste collection in Kien Giang Province.
- Mangrove sediment traps and wave barriers built out of Melaleuca, in Kien Giang Province.
- Strengthening mangrove forest co-management, and benefit sharing through eco-tourism development and climate adapted investments in mangrove-aquaculture in Can Gio District, HCMC.
- Eco-tourism development for poor mangrove dependent communities in Thanh Phong Commune, Thanh Phu District, Ben Tre Province.
- Improving mangrove-aquaculture systems in Ben Tre Province to improve income and regulation.
IUCN Vietnam, together with our partners, the Soc Trang Provincial Peoples Committee, VASI, GIZ and SDF, are also at an advanced stage of planning to host the Second Annual Forum on Building Coastal Resilience in Viet Nam, Cambodia and Thailand, between 15 and 18 October in Soc Trang Province. Numbers for this exciting event have surpassed our initial expectations and we now expect to welcome over 200 participants. We look forward to seeing some of you there.
Andrew Waytt - Mekong Delta Programme Manager