From the 13th to 16th of January 2020, a group of scientists of VNU Central Institute for Natural Resources and Environment Studies was headed by a PhD. Le Thi Van Hue, together with co-chairing Component 4 GS. Dr. Fabrice Renaud (University of Glasgow) organized the first field trip of the Living Delta Project. Preliminary study was carried out in Kim Trung commune of Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province, Giao Xuan commune of Giao Thuy district, Nam Dinh province, Thuy Truong commune of Thai Thuy district, Thai Binh province and Tien Hung commune of Tien Lang district, Hai Phong. At the research sites, the delegation had a meeting with representatives of the District People’s Committee, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Forest Protection Department and the officials of the Commune People’s Committee, of which were in charge of land, resources and environment. VNU-CRES scientists also discuss and exchange with groups of households whose livelihoods depend mainly on mangrove resources, mudflats and groups of households participating in eco-tourism activities. In addition, the delegation also went to a number of landslides causing soil loss and death of mangrove forests, casuarina forest along the coast. This is also a note of Component 4 when assessing the impact of nature on mangroves and the livelihood of local people.
At the end of the preliminary survey, the delegation had a working session at the headquarter of VNU-CRES to evaluate the results of the trip and propose criteria for selecting a more in-depth study location out of the points made in Field trip this time.