Author: Tran Thi Thanh Tam
The project “Enhancing women’s capacity in building a sustainable livelihood model based on effective management and use of water resources.” is being carried out by CSRD in the A Sap upriver in A Luoi district, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam, as part of cooperation on water governance with Oxfam Vietnam. Following the project’s operations, CSRD collaborated with the Women’s Union of the province of Thua Thien Hue to plan a workshop to launch the project.
On January 10, 2023, the workshop was held at the Duy Tan Hotel in Hue. Around 50 delegates from provincial agencies and departments, women’s unions at all levels, and the local community attended. One of the supporters of the project, Mr. James Alexander Deane, Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy, and Ms. Aurélie Righetti, Program Manager of the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development, both attended the seminar.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Nhat Anh – Director of CSRD spoke at the workshop.
The objectives of the workshop are (1) General introduction of the project and essential tasks to be carried out: Program to develop resource groups with the Women’s Union, Women’s River Story Contest, and Contest of livelihood initiatives. (2) Establish a forum for stakeholders to discuss water governance, the creation of sustainable livelihood models based on nature, and the involvement of women in these endeavors. Also, at the workshop, the initial findings from the project communities’ research were shared and debated on the activities that will be implemented in the near future.
According to Mr. James Alexander Deane, Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy, who spoke at the conference, the workshop is a space for stakeholders, notably women and local communities, to grasp the significance of water resource governance in economic development and livelihoods. More significantly, the workshop revealed prospects for cooperation to tackle local problems and contribute to practical and inclusive water decision-making.
Mr. James Alexander Deane Second Secretary – Australian Embassy participated in the conference via the zoom online platform.
The workshop received a lot of comments and sharing from the community, relevant agencies and departments. A sustainable living model based on water resources is a long-standing problem in the field of water resource management. Yet, the management and implementation of this issue have not yet gotten the proper attention.
Ms. Ho Thi Thau – Quang Nham commune community shared her ideas at the workshop.
The seminar serves to inform the community about upcoming projects and activities and to solicit involvement, cooperation, and support from all stakeholders in the process of implementing the management of water resources at all levels in the A Sap river basin.
Translator: Thuy Tien