Organization information Centre for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas 

Add: No4 , Tran Quang Dieu, O Cho Dua, Dong Da, Hanoi

Tel: +84 43 5130487

Fax: + 84 43 5130835



Key contact person(s): Mrs. Luong Thi Truong


General information of the project and program which have ESD related activities: Name:

Project 1:

  • Enhance the implementation of Grassroots Democracy Ordinance to promote the rights of ethnic people in Van Quan and Chi Lang districts,  Lang Son province

Project 2:

  • Community-based flash-flood control and prevention, and adaptation to climate change in Ha Giang province
  • Vietnamese Thai network on Indigenous Knowledge – VTIK

Goals and objectives:


1. To contribute to the equal human dignity for ethnic minority people in Lang Son province


  • Promoting the implemention of Grassroots Democracy Ordinance in Van Quan and Chi lang districts
  • Promoting the access to forest land for ethnic minorities in Van Quan and Chi lang districts
  • Policy advocating  relating to GDO implementation and ethnic minorities issues  to National Assembly
  • Strengthening indigenous networks at both national and regional levels.

2. To initiate legislation and action to combat the causes and effects of climate change in Ha Giang Province


  • Local ethnic minority communities will pilot a participatory community-based flood and land-slide control and prevention model.
  • Households, especially the poor in the resettlement from flash-floods and land-slide danger areas will develop more resilient livelihood activities to adapt to climate change.
  • Ha Giang Province’s leaders and key agencies including Committee of Floods and Storm Control, Department of Planning and Investment and Department of Environment, Natural Resources will be supported in developing their Action Plan of climate change adaptation and mitigation.


3. To conserve, revitalize and promote the Thai indigenous knowledge (VTIK goals). The network has its members in seven provinces where the Thai inhabited: Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Yen Bai, Hoa Binh,, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An,


  • Unify 8 Thai writing systems into one called Vietnamese Thai script
  • Drafting general Thai writing system for Thai-Vietnamese people.
  • Drafting teaching material on Vietnamese Thai scipt
  • Bring Thai language into schools in areas Thai people living
  • Compiling dictionary.
  • Preserving ancient Thai language, researching and applying for life.
  • Training good and devoted teaching staff
  • Conservation of sacred forest using indigenous knowledge.


Donor(s): ICCO the Netherlands Finland Embassy

No donor: This network based on the contribution by the Thai scholars. They work voluntarily for their purpose. CSDM is voluntary supporting organization to this network


ESD programs/ projects/activities



  • Training on Grassroots democracy and implementing it at commune and village level
  • Training on how to mitigate and adapt to climate change
  • Teaching ancient and unified Thai script to the Thai communities in 7 provinces




Describe educational and learning methods/tools applied:     




Status: All three projects are ongoing


Location: Lang Son, Ha Giang, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Yen Bai, Hoa Binh,, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An,



Sustainable vdevelopment themes:
  • Natural resources management
  • Disaster prevention and mitigation
  • Climate change
  • Citizen participation and good governance
  • Poverty reduction
  • Indigenous knowledge and ethnic groups


Target groups:
  • Local people
  • Government officers
  • Civil society and NGOs


Outputs and final outcomes of the ESD activities.
  • The Vietnamese Thai scrip had unified
  • Material on Grassroots Democracy Ordinance
  • Local Thai teaching books
  • Vietnamese Thai teaching book are compling