Oxfam’s New Climate Change Adaptation Project in Ben Tre Province
QĐND - Sunday, July 01, 2012, 20:52 (GMT+7)
PANO - International agency Oxfam starts a five-year disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation project in Ben Tre Province in Vietnam in partnership with the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). Funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this $4m project will be implemented in 15 coastal communes in three districts Binh Dai, Thanh Phu and Ba Tri of Ben Tre Province.
The project aims to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of poor people and local authorities to disaster and climate risks in coastal communities in the Mekong Delta. Approximate 100,000 people will benefit directly from the project activities. Approximate 1,000 government officials at commune, district and province levels will gain more knowledge about how to support communities. Another 300,000 people in the area will benefit indirectly from the project emergency preparedness and livelihood adaptation activities.
Ben Tre is one of the most vulnerable provinces to impacts of climate change. The province experiences sea level rises, inundation, salt water intrusion, floodings, typhoons, droughts, increased temperatures, and changes in precipitation. This has a huge impact on agriculture and people’s incomes and drinking water supply sources.
To respond to these impacts, the project focuses on three main areas: increased participatory and effective disaster risk management by local communities; increased incomes and food security for poor people by implementing diversified livelihoods adaptation activities; and reduced water borne diseases by providing water supply systems.
“Our project supports people for increasing participation, voice, income, capacities and building resilience” said Oxfam Associate Country Director Le Kim Dung. “We link community risk reduction action plans with the National Community-Based Disaster Risk Management programme and the local Socio-Economic Development Plan, undertaking innovative livelihood adaptation options and managing disaster risks.”
“This is the second contribution of New Zealand to join the government’s efforts in addressing disaster and climate risks in the country” said First Secretary of Development of the New Zealand Embassy in Hanoi Kathryn Beckett. “Improving resilience and responding to disaster is one of the four priority themes of the New Zealand Aid Programme, and we hope that the project will be a success model for other provinces in Vietnam as well as other countries in the region.”
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 92 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. In Vietnam, Oxfam is recognized as one of the leading international non-governmental organizations, especially in rural development, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response, civil society development, ethnic minorities, and women’s empowerment.
Hoang Yen-Thu Nguyen