Discussion on Buddhism and environment : For the coastal man ... , Tan Phu Dong District, Tien Giang Province © MFF Vietnam, 2012
The project aimed to raise awareness of Buddhists on the importance of coastal mangroves, contributing to conservation and development of mangroves in Phu Dong and Phu Tan Commune, Loi Quan Island, Tan Phu Dong District, Tien Giang province.
Mangroves in the coastal areas of Loi Quan Island, Lien Giang Province are mainly distributed in Phu Dong and Phu Tan communes, Tan Phu Dong District, Lien Giang Province. During the shrimp farming boom in the Mekong River Delta over the last several years, many mangroves were destroyed, resulting in coastal erosion, and saline water intrusion, which threatens the lives and livelihoods of many people. Local households had to leave their houses where they used to practice aquaculture due to rapid erosion and flooding. However, under the recent pressures from economic development, mangroves continued to be cut down for shrimp farming. In this respect, it was urgent to raise awareness of local people about the importance of mangrove ecosystems and for a longer goal of restoring, conserving and developing mangrove forests.
Given Buddhism is the largest religion in this area and following the Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change by Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche in 2009, the Tan Phu Dong District's Buddhist Association, with PTP as a focal point, proposed to raise people's awareness and protect mangroves by delivering information to various audiences from different sectors, genders, and ages in order to improve the community's adaptability to climate change as well as scale up the model to all other Buddhist communities in Mekong Delta.
About 600 buddhists in 2 communes (Phu Dong and Phu Tan) of Tan Phu Dong District, Tien Giang province.
- Awareness of mangroves conservation among Buddhist community in Loi Quan Island enhanced through various forms of communication events on the roles of mangroves in the context of climate change.
- Active participation of Buddist community in conservation and development of mangroves in Loi Quan Island.
- Gender equality
- Climate change
Loi Quan Island is located in Tan Phu Dong District, Tien Giang Province
1st Aug 2012 to 30th Jun 2013
Mr. Nguyen Quoc Dat (Project Coordinator)
Phu Thoi Pagoda
Address: Bai Bun Hamlet, Phu Thanh Commune, Tan Phu Dong District, Tien Giang Province