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Workshop on Green pathways for Sustainable Community Development

On October 19, 2022 Bread for the World and its partners organized the Workshop “Green path towards sustainable community development” to introduce good practices in the field of climate change, renewable energy, and agroecology in Vietnam. The event was attended by more than 100 delegates from strategic partners, project beneficiary communities, government agencies, embassies, foundations and the media.

Climate change is increasingly recognized as a threat to global sustainable development. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1.5o report indicates that if global emissions are not halved by 2030, global warming will reach 1.5o by the 2030s and will there is no chance to return to the 1.5o mark.
In Vietnam, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, sea level rise causes 5% loss of land along the coast and 10% decrease in GDP. Impacts of climate change – including drought and depletion of water resources, soil erosion and loss of soil nutrients, desertification, increase in extreme weather events and natural disasters,

Energy is both a problem and a solution in the fight against climate change. Energy production and consumption is currently one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Vietnam as well as in the world. On the other hand, the breakthrough development of wind and solar energy has become the key solution to save humanity from climate disaster.
Over the past 25 years, Bread for the World has accompanied many partner organizations in Vietnam to implement 450 projects and programs, directly supporting about 5 million people in difficulty. The multilateral partnership emphasizes green solutions to climate change, including eco-friendly agricultural models, climate-resilient livelihoods, solar and energy initiatives. renewable energy, increase carbon sequestration and promote ecosystem restoration, and improve climate resilience for disadvantaged communities.

Local people, especially poor ethnic minorities, strengthened through these partnership activities, have identified the best ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change appropriately with its context. Measures proposed and implemented by farmers, such as complete elimination of herbicides, reduction of chemicals, composting and the use of probiotics to control pests, have helped restore ecosystems while improving improve local livelihoods. Bread for the World partners have contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving livelihoods, as well as preserving and developing indigenous knowledge.

In addition, Bread for the World and its partners have promoted solutions for accessing clean energy in communities, increasing equitable development opportunities, while ensuring health and sustainable development. for local people.
At the Workshop, the partners implementing the projects of Bread for the World shared their experiences, as well as the effectiveness of the project implementation.
A representative of Thai Nguyen Provincial Women’s Union said that the project “Promoting women’s participation in business processes” was carried out in mountainous communes with mainly ethnic. After three years of activities, people’s income has increased markedly, awareness of gender equality has also been enhanced.

The representative of the project in Soc Trang province shared: “We target mainly the poor, ethnic minorities. We have mobilized local authorities to allocate land and forests for people to manage, access and protect, and through that people can do aquaculture under the forest canopy, develop sustainable livelihoods, in a sustainable way. clean and ecological seafood”.
In Ca Mau, the project has established 14 village forestry self-management groups, providing GPS equipment and protective clothing to the groups;

According to the Chief Representative of Bread for the World in Vietnam – Laos region Ms. Eva-Maria Jongen, climate change is a problem and challenge that we cannot ignore. It is also a major challenge for the majority of vulnerable communities in the projects we support. That is why we have made it a priority to fund projects that address climate change issues and strengthen climate change and climate change resilience in communities.
When we implement solutions to mitigate or adapt to climate change, there are activities to support sustainable livelihoods for the community. In addition, we cooperate with universities and research institutions to build a learning base to share experiences and disseminate climate change knowledge. And actively contribute to capacity building for communities and partners who are active in the field of climate change.

This sharing and learning workshop is our starting point to spread the above best practices in the climate field to the public, as well as increasing synergy to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable groups. vulnerable to climate change in Vietnam.

Hoang Thi Nguyet

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