Damaged sea dyke in Phu Loc district (Photo: VNA)
 
Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – Up to 400,000 residents in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue have become more resilient to the impacts of climate change and improved their livelihoods as their effort gained support from a climate-adapted project.


The Climate-Adapted Local Development and Innovation Project, launched by the People’s Committee of Thua Thien-Hue province and the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency (LuxDev), has recently concluded after four years of implementation.

The project has total budget worth 10,000 EUR, including eight million EUR from the non-refundable ODA provided by the Luxembourg Government and the remaining from the province.

It was carried out from July 2013 until the end of 2017 in 29 poor and vulnerable (coastal, lagoon, low land) communes of Thua Thien-Hue’s three districts of Quang Dien, Phu Vang and Phu Loc, which were often affected by natural disasters due to climate change.

As many as 25 activities and 10 major focused areas were implemented in the four-year project, gaining positive results in knowledge improvement, community and government management, systems and assets for adaptive socio-economic development, and poverty reduction.

Those activities also contributed to increasing protection, availability, resilience and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as yielding more diverse, efficient, climate-adapted and market-competitive productive activities.

After the project, 2,225 poor households in these targeted localities escaped from poverty and the rate of poor families that badly hit by disasters reduced by more than 30 percent. 

Meanwhile, 76.1 percent of women have gotten better access to economic opportunities and cases of violence towards women and young girls declined by 92 percent.

Seventy-one percent of unemployed people have landed jobs, earning an average income of 3 million VND per month.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee said Nguyen Van Phuong said the project’s outcomes will contribute to the provincial rural economic development and poverty reduction. 

Thua Thien-Hue will continue its cooperation with LuxDev, especially in financial management and the community’s engagement in managing and operating constructions of the project, he added. -VNA