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Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

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Project • ECSC2019-01-Do

Climate change adaption through site-specific agroforestry farming for communities and household in upstream catchment area of Da River—A practical guidance

Climate change is one of the key issues that require significant global efforts. Vietnam has been recognized as one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Various APN researches have been carried out over the years on the impact of climate change on local regional communities in Vietnam and Asia Pacific neighbouring countries and how adaptive measures – especially in agriculture and forestry – have been adopted to protect the locals’ livelihood. Based on findings from such research, this guidance explains the concept and signals of climate change and the effect of climate change on upstream catchment areas such as those in Da River communities, and on their agriculture and forestry activities. It will then set out the development of climate change adaption and mitigation strategies in upland areas, with a special focus on agroforestry farming. It will explain how these strategies have been adopted by various local communities across Vietnam and other countries and/or have been recommended by scientists. The guidance’s key message is that climate change has caused much direct adverse impact on the livelihood of farmers all across Vietnam and the neighbouring countries. It is, therefore, necessary for the local stakeholders to work together to adopt suitable adaptation and mitigation strategies, of which agroforestry farming should be of particular interest.

Project leader and collaborator

Ha (right) and Hong (left)

Thi Thanh Ha Do (Ha) and Hong Bui (Hong) are alumni of the Southern Cross University (Lismore, NSW, Australia) (SCU). Ha graduated from an environmental science master degree and is completing her PhD at SCU. She has more than 10 years of experience working as researcher and specializing on forest ecology and biodiversity, currently a silviculture officer of the Mu Cang Chai Headwater Protection Forest Management Board (Yen Bai Province, Vietnam). Hong has a law degree from SCU and has more than 6 years of experience working with climate change law and policy. Both have strong interest in community development in the age of ecology restoration and climate change.