Ben Tre province is implementing the project “Building resilience to disaster and climate risks of men and women in Ben Tre Province” in 15 communes of 3 coastal districts of Ba Tri, Binh Dai and Thanh Phu. The project is funded by the New Zealand International Development Program through Oxfam, from June 2012 to October 2017.
The project has three components: capacity building, resources for local and community officials in disaster risk reduction, adaptation to climate change; Improving production capacity and income for the poor through livelihood adaptation model for climate change and vocational training; Improving drinking water and sanitation for the poor. By early April 2017, the project disbursed nearly 54 billion VND, approximately 94%.
Nearly five years of implementation, the project has improved the capacity of local governments to manage disaster risk and climate by integrating disaster preparedness planning into local annual socio-economic development plan. The project enhances awareness of community members on disaster risks and impacts of climate change through behavioral change mitigation for disaster mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Through the implementation of the component "Improving production capacity, income for the poor with adaptation to climate change and vocational training" has contributed to improving income and helping many households in the coastal area. In addition, the project helped nearly 6,000 poor households in the coastal area access to clean water.