The “Partnership for equitable resilience to the impacts of climate change of coastal communities in deltas of Vietnam” project in Tra Vinh helped generate a sustainable way of life among residents living in coastal areas.

A meeting between Oxfam, a global aid and development charity, and Tra Vinh’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development was held on June 23 to conclude the project which was implemented from September 2012 to June 2015.

The project was executed by the department with a total investment of 11.5 billion VND (527,000 USD) from a non-refundable sponsorship by the Australian Government.

The goal of the project was to enhance climate change response capacity, recovery and adaptation for those vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters.

After the three-year implementation in 10 communes of Chau Thanh and Cau Ngang districts, the projects produced positive results, helping reduce disaster impacts and increase climate change response capacity for local governments and communities.

The project also helped residents in coastal areas improve their livelihoods and manage eco-systems sustainably.

Over the past three years, more than 1,000 households received livelihood support and assistance, such as in breeding cow raising or growing maize.

The most successful model is the group that manages the Con Chim eco-system at Minh Hoa commune, Chau Thanh district, which was formed in November 2014.

It is the first model dedicated to protecting an ecosystem and warning and responding to disasters in Mekong Delta.

The group includes 100 households who live along the banks of the Con Chim River, a branch of the Co Chien River, and is used to live off fishing, using tools destructive to seafood resources.

The formation of the group helped build awareness among households and encourage them to commit to protecting forest and seafood resources and cope with rising tides and landslides.

Besides being equipped with patrol vehicles to supervise and prevent forest deforestation and illegal fishing, impoverished households received 10 to 15 million VND (450-690 USD) each to support their new livelihoods.-VNA