CECAD endeavors to become an influential, non-governmental organization within Vietnam. CECAD researches environments and communities in order to: preserve biodiversity, help implement changes in response to climate change, improve living conditions, reduce social imbalances and assist in the development of communities. We work primarily with poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities as well as ethnic minorities in remote, ecologically important areas in need of protection which are being exploited or likely will be exploited.
With the goal of “Towards sustainable rural livelihoods,” CECAD works as a mediator, aiming to introduce connections between organizations, scientists and experts in order to conduct research and initiate projects for the sustainable development of communities based upon community resources. The aims are to reduce poverty and ensure continuous development, particularly in remote areas where ethnic minorities reside.
CECAD conducts research in order to develop and implement projects that will aid environmental protection and community development with the target of reducing poverty. CECAD provides technical assistance and training, implements education initiatives, develops community networks and coordinates organizations both inside and out of Vietnam. Projects undertaken address the following objectives:
- Support officials and residents in improving their skills in analyzing needs, planning, monitoring and evaluating local agendas and in conflict management.
- Provide consultancy services and technical support to implement legislation in the field of environmental protection and community development, with the aim of managing local resources effectively and sustainably.
- Increase participation in the management, protection, development and rational use of local resources with an aim of protecting the environment.
- Coordinate with other relevant organizations to arrange higher education and to launch education programs and campaigns on rural development and environmental protection. This is in order to create knowledgeable staff who are experienced in sustainable resource management.
- Obtain funding from national and international organizations.
- Carry out further research.
- Expand international relations with the intention of sharing and exchanging information and skills in environmental protection and community development, with global and regional organizations.
- Edit, publish and distribute research and development project reports to further educate, train and raise awareness of the residents.