On March 7th in Hanoi, the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) and the International Cooperation Department (Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development) organized the "Forum on the role of Social Organizations in the Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Plan".
       The forum was held to share and update information on the process of developing Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the participation of social organizations in supporting rural communities to cope with climate change. There are more than 80 participants from several function units of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment, social organizations in Hanoi and some local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and agricultural extension centers. The forum was hosted by Mr. Chu Van Chuong, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department (MARD), Ms. Vu Thi Bich Hop, Chair of SRD's Board of Trustees and Ms. Jenty Kirsch-Wood, High Technical Advisor of UNDP.
       Information which was presented in the forum included the National Adaptation Plan (NAPs) proposals for the fields of cultivation, animal husbandry, fisheries and irrigation; the participation of social organizations in supporting rural communities to deal with climate change. Some models and solutions that support agriculture climate change adaptation by social organizations have also been shared at the forum such as: A favorable agricultural village; Agricultural climate information service; Closed and waste-free agriculture; Rice-shrimp cultivation in saline soil; Rice cultivation adapting to flooding and soil salinity ... All participants actively exchanged opinions and ideas about solutions to enhance cooperation and coordination between social organizations and units of the agriculture and rural development sector in supporting activities that help rural communities deal with climate change. The replication of successful stories and models was also discussed at the forum.
       The forum was one among many activities of the project "Strengthen the role and contribution of CSOs in the development of the National Adaption Plan for climate change" funded by the Global Environment Facility/Small Grants Programme through SRD.


Here are some photos of the forum:

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Ms Vu Thi Bich Hop, Chair of SRD’BoT giving a speech on the importance of CSOs engagement

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The participants exchanged opinions 

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From left to right: Ms. Vu Thi Bich Hop, Mr. Chu Van Chuong, and Ms. Jenty Kirsch-Wood

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A picture of all participants in the forum


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