Management of Natural Resources in the Coastal Zone of Soc Trang Province
Soc Trang Province is located in the Mekong Delta in the South of Vietnam. With a coastline of 72 km and an area of over 3,312 km2, the province plays an important role in agricultural production and fisheries for the whole of Vietnam. The coast of Soc Trang is protected from erosion by a narrow belt of mangrove forests. These forests also protect the land behind the dyke from flooding and storms. Ecosystem services provided by mangroves also include income through fishery and carbon sequestration.
The coastal zone is facing a number of different threats. Climate change such as rising sea levels, environmental impacts like floods and unsustainable uses like deforestation in favour of shrimp farming, are just some of the challenges faced.
The lack of an integrated approach to sustainable management, utilisation and protection of the coastal zone and unclear responsibilities have further let to rising concerns of the environmental and social impacts of the unsustainable use of the natural coastal resources.
The Vietnamese-German technical cooperation project ('Management of Natural Resources in the Coastal Zone of Soc Trang Province') was established in 2007 to provide pilot solutions. The project anticipates to solve the conflict between economic development and sustainable management of natural resources and foster climate change awareness and adaptation (e.g. through livelihood diversification).
The main project goal is to protect and sustainably use the coastal wetlands of Soc Trang Province for the benefit of the local population.
The project is currently supporting the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the Soc Trang Provincial People's Committee in:
Short films which illustrate some of the project's
activities can be watched by clicking here.