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After 3 years of implementation, 13,567 households in Soc Trang and Tra Vinh have benefited from the activities of the project "Strengthening the resilience of community in dealing with natural disasters".

On December 15, in Ke Sach district, the People's Committee of Soc Trang province coordinated with international organizations to summarize the project "Strengthening the resilience of community in dealing with natural disasters".

According to the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority, the impact of climate change is increasing rapidly in Southeast Asia, with droughts and floods affecting 13.1 million hectares of arable land and about 20.6 million tons of crop production in the region from 2015 to 2019.

In Vietnam, the natural disaster situation in the first 6 months of 2022 was complicated, extreme and irregular, with unseasonal rains and floods accompanied by large-scale thunderstorms and tornadoes, causing heavy damage to agricultural production. As of July 4, natural disasters have left 73 people dead and missing, the economic loss is estimated at 4,025 billion VND (2.7 times higher than the loss of life and 24 times the economic loss compared to the previous 6 months). early 2021).

Particularly in Tra Vinh and Soc Trang provinces, landslides, high tides, saltwater intrusion and extreme weather events threaten infrastructure, people's property, and many important economic activities. In that context, the Project "Strengthening Community Resilience in Responding to Disasters" was implemented to help vulnerable communities have the ability to adapt to unpredictable natural disasters.

After 3 years of implementation, there have been 13,567 households benefiting from the project's activities, 37 initiatives to prevent disaster risk were proposed by the community, of which 22 initiatives were approved for implementation and mobilization. received a total of more than 4.3 billion VND, of which more than 3.8 billion VND from the local government and people contributed nearly 500 million VND.

Chairman of the Aid for social protection program Foundation Vietnam (AFV) Ta Viet Anh spoke at the workshop.

The above results were obtained because people learned about disaster risk management methodically, the "vulnerable community" gradually changed positively into a "competent community, together to prevent, response and recovery” to unpredictable risks of natural disasters and climate change. Community-based disaster risk management not only empowers people, but also supports the development of comprehensive local socio-economic development plans.

At the national level, the Project has coordinated with the Disaster Management Policy and Technology Center - VNDMA to connect the application of PDG disaster information to the Vietnam Disaster Monitoring System VNDMS, coordinate with the Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation to develop an integrated document on Community-Based Disaster Risk Management and the Socio-Economic Development Plan.

Speaking at the workshop, Mr. Bui Quang Huy - Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Policy and Technology Center, VNDMA shared: “The connection and sharing of information between the Monitoring System natural disasters in Vietnam - VNDMS and the PDG application will help provide disaster forecasting and warning information to more people, and at the same time help disaster prevention agencies have more information about natural disasters caused by the people. offered through the PDG app. In the following years, it is necessary to continue to improve and upgrade the application of PDG to meet the requirements and be able to consider, replicate, support and promote the application of information technology, digital transformation in prevention and control. natural disasters in many localities across the country”.

Vu Thuy Duong - STICD