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The "Energy transition and climate change mitigation in Mekong Delta" project, with a budget of EUR 920,000 co-funded by ActionAid Vietnam and Bread for the World (BfdW) from 2021 to 2023, is to contribute to the overall reduction of the negative climate change impacts in the Mekong Delta. The region is home to millions of people, flora and fauna, and most of these are in danger due to the loss of livelihoods, habitat, and continued construction of dams and factories upstream.
The Project aims to build alternatives for local communities to be less dependent on fossil fuels when producing and processing shrimps and crabs while creating new options for local plantation mangrove forests in the Mekong Delta. In this initiative, BfdW, ActionAid Vietnam, and their partners are establishing scientifically sound methodologies to comprehensively measure the carbon emission level in the Bac Lieu shrimp and crab manufacturing process - including production, transportation, processing, and packaging. The methods also help reduce intensive shrimp farming in the localities - where 100% of local people raise shrimps and crabs for livelihood and encourage people to adopt shrimp and crab natural farming under the mangrove forests.
From 27-28/7/2022, representatives of BfdW and ActionAid paid a visit to the project communes in Dong Hai district. The joint visiting team had a productive discussion with the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission monitoring team at Can Tho University and met Clean Energy Group members and the Project Management Unit. The team also visited the site where the Project supported local people with mangrove seedlings to grow the aquaculture under the mangrove, as well as a bird park in the swamp of Long Dien Tay Commune. The team received a warm welcome in all interactions, openly shared with the local partners and communities, and felt honoured with this learning opportunity.
The cooperation with Can Tho University between ActionAid Vietnam and BfdW represents a long-term partnership between NGOs and academia to look for more sustainable solutions to the reduction of GHG in shrimp farming, production, and processing in Vietnam. Once the Project is set up, it is expected that the GHG measurement method will be used widely in Vietnam and all tropical regions as a scientifically sound methodology.
Mr. To Minh Duong, Chair of Dong Hai District People's Committee, expressed his appreciation of the Project's support to the local communities and collaboration with the forest protection department. He underlined that Project is a significant highlight in the overall strategy of Dong Hai's socio-economic development plans till 2026. The project engagement and initial effectiveness portray Dong Hai's commitments to climate change adaptation.
The visit was led by Mr. Thomas Hirsh, Senior Advisor to VEST - The BfdW Regional Office for Laos and Vietnam, with team members from VEST and ActionAid Vietnam. The delegation enjoyed the peaceful scenery, blissful weather, great food and wonderful people of the Mekong Delta.