Centre for Sustainable Rural Development: sustainability activities

Sustainable agriculture and livelihoods, which have always been a key area of SRD, are reflected in projects. These projects focus on sustainable agriculture with adaptive and resilient livelihood models to climate change impacts. Additionally, these projects aim to increase people’s income for people in rural and mountainous areas, especially women and ethnic minorities; to support hunger eradication and poverty alleviation simultaneously; to protect the ecological environment; to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and the destructive impact of climate change; and to empower local communities to sustainably manage their own livelihoods and living environment.


The SRD has been implementing Climate-resilient Agricultural Adaptation (CAA), Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA), and Climate Change-Resilient Agriculture and Agroforestry systems. The SRD’s projects also encourage participation and empower people in decision-making in local socio-economic development and production activities.



Climate and Disaster Resilience 

I.On-going projects


    Capacity Building on climate change for civil society organizations

General Goal: Raise awareness and capacity of civil society organizations, with a focus on NGOs and their partners. Through these activities, the project aims to effectively respond, integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation goals into existing and future programs to contribute to the long-term sustainable development of Vietnam.




    Increase NGO access to climate change information, communication and coordination;

    Enhance knowledge and skills on climate change adaptation and mitigation; increase the ability to integrate climate change and DRR into Carbon projects and programs;


    Strengthening the role of VNGOs in climate change communication and advocacy


General Goal: Improve the effectiveness of Vietnam’s response to climate change through strengthening the capacity of civil society networks and increasing NGOs’ participation in climate policy.



    Strengthen VNGO&CC through a coherent structure, internal force and external communication and coordination mechanism;

    Strengthen capacity for VNGO&CC in policy formulation and advocacy.


    Increasing the participation of civil society organizations in the development of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) 


General Goal: Encourage and motivate CSOs to participate in NAP development to provide information and lessons about feasible and practical NAP. Additionally, CSOs shall also play an important role in the NAP monitoring and evaluation process.




    Strengthen the capacity of CSOs to advocate for climate change;

    Promote policy dialogue on climate change among CSOs, vulnerable communities and government agencies;

    Establish an information sharing forum on climate change risks of some areas where adaptation projects have been successfully implemented by CSOs;

    Provide documentations on climate change adaptation models as references for the NAP development team and relevant procinces.


    Mangrove and climate protection combined with income generation for vulnerable communities – VM069


Donor: Bread for the World – BftW


Grant approval agency: The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association 


Responsible agency: The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association


Project owner: The Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD)

Time: 36 months (April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2024)


Location: Mui Ca Mau National Park, Ngoc Hien District and Tam Giang Protection Forest Management Board, Nam Can District, Ca Mau Province


Total capital: 940.000 Euro ~ $1.074.703


The main goals and results:


The general goal is to enhance biodiversity protection, to promote carbon sequestration, to enhance climate resilience and ensure sustainable livelihoods and social inclusion for vulnerable communities in the Mekong Delta.


The main results of this project shall be achieved through the following three objectives:


(i)                 Increase the carbon accumulation of protective mangroves through joint conservation efforts by government and local communities as a part of co-management approach;


(ii)              Livelihoods of poor and vulnerable communities living in mangroves are enhanced without compromising environmental or climate protection;


(iii)            Co-development approaches for both conservation and livelihood development in mangroves are replicated, integrated in national and provincial policies to enhance climate protection in ecosystems unique but vulnerable.

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