On January 7 and 8, the U.S. Agency for International Development's Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) project trained village members from Thuan Hua Commune in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta on adapting their livelihoods to the impacts of climate change.

These trainings covered improving the management of shrimp farming to better address anticipated increases in temperature and intrusion of salinity as a result of sea level rise, and pig raising as a means of diversifying local incomes—particularly for women. Aquaculture expert Jesper Clausen and agriculture and livelihoods expert Khiem Nguyen Tri—together with local partners Asian Management & Development Institute and Vietnam Red Cross, and commune leaders—provided on-site demonstrations for households.

They showed them how to stock quality post-larva in shrimp pond nurseries and how to improve pig production and reduce waste by rearing pigs on a bio mattress. Since the impacts of climate change are likely to affect similar livelihoods of people throughout the Mekong Delta, testing best practices and principles in the face of climate change sets in Thuan Hua will strengthen resilience for communities across the region.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update