RISK Award Vietnam -
Strong women for resilience
New mangrove nursery collaborations
In the last few months, the team has managed to secure further 5 hectares of land in the Tam Giang lagoon as reforestation space for our mangroves. This area is located in Con Chim in the Phu Gia commune. It is an already protected area. The reforestation here is financed by the restaurant chain Mori, which we were able to win as a sponsor in the course of the project. Around 5000 mangroves will contribute to making the coast safer in the near future.
In another nearby commune, Quang Loi, a further local partner, Forest Link, is supporting the reforestation of mangroves around the fish ponds in 2024. This prevents erosion and enables fishermen to moor their boats safely during strong winds. Damage and losses due to disasters can thus be prevented. In total, 13,000 € of private sector money has been raised for 2023, which will be used to plant mangroves and maintain the the Nursery even beyond the period of our RISK Award project.
In the course of the project, a variety of capacity trainings have been carried out. Workshops, theatre plays and more. In addition to the topic of disaster preparedness, the main focus was on alternative livelihoods when traditional options are no longer available due to environmental or climate changes or other risks. The new livelihoods focused on nature-based solutions. The most promising approaches, which were developed in a participatory process with women from the project communities, have now been summarised and are available as a livelihood manual. A first edition will be distributed.
The theatre plays were accompanied by surveys to measure the impact of the capacity training. The results are promising. In the current reporting phase of the project, another 350 surveys were digitised and analysed. Results show, for example, that people who attended the theatre plays exhibit higher risk perceptions and consider ecosystems to be more important for disaster risk reduction. Respondents also reported higher knowledge of what to do in case of a flood event, a higher ability to undertake measures to prevent or reduce flood and storm impacts.
Dissemination of results
Our dissemination activities have also advanced significantly. In collaboration with the local TV station, CSRD produced a film clip about the project, which was broadcasted in TTH province.
The final workshop and the project were widely covered by local media, associations and the local government. The theatre play of the winner of the first Eco-DRR Theatre Festival from Quang Loi was captured in a film clip. The film can be used by the Women's Union, the Disaster Management Centre and other interested organisations in their awareness raising and capacity building activities and is available on YouTube.