Water sample collection area in Thanh Phuoc commune, Binh Da ... , Thanh Phuoc commune, Binh Dai district, Ben Tre province © IUCN Vietnam
The project aims to develop a community based environmental monitoring system for mangrove based shrimp aquaculture in Thanh Phuoc commune, Binh Dai district, Ben Tre province.
Extensive shrimp farming, one of the main livelihoods in Binh Dai district of Ben Tre province, is considered sustainable since it enables the growth of shrimp while still helps to protect the mangrove ecosystem. However in the past five years the rapid growth of industrial shrimp farming has affected extensive shrimp production because of the discharge of wastewater and mud into the environment. Therefore an environmental monitoring system as well as community commitment are needed to alert farmers on pollution and disease risks in extensive shrimp farming.
One great contribution of the project is limiting epidemics for improving incomes for farmers engaged in extensive shrimp farming in forests; the project has been recognized by Thanh Phuoc commune’s authorities,and meet the expectations and trust of the local community.
The project receives the attention and active support of the authorities at provincial, district, and (Thanh Phuoc) commune levels. Awareness raising about shrimp diseases, water environmental monitoring and joint management ofwater environment by the community are a solid foundation for the community development of sustainable forest - aquaculture.
The project has helped to build solidarity among local households and close linkage between local authorities and the community. Local leaders have updated information on farming environment to provide in-time recommendations for local people.
It is necessary to maintain community meetings to gradually improve the awareness of the people about environmental management and protection.
The consensus of the community is the decisive factor for the establishment of environmental management groups, contributing to epidemic control in farming areas.
For a project to be successful, additional funds should be mobilized from the community in the form of co - financing.
The project needs to find out key staff (leaders of monitoring groups) who are energetic, enthusiastic and responsible for the sake of the community to support the community in environmental management work.
Thanh Phuoc commune, Binh Dai district, Ben Tre province, Vietnam
1st May 2014 to 1st Apr 2015
BEN TRE AQUACULTURE SUB-DEPARTMENT
Representatives Contact: Nguyen Van Buoi
Address: No. 87, 30/4 Street, war 3, Ben Tre city, Ben Tre province
Telephone:(84 75) 3813128