PROGRAM FOR INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN RELATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN VIETNAM (2013 – 2019)
Due to its very long coastline, tropical climate and high population density in low lying areas, Vietnam is one of the world’s most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change. Furthermore, the combined effect of population growth and accelerating migration from rural to urban areas, means that Vietnam’s cities are expanding rapidly. Uncontrolled or poorly planned expansion will increase the population at risk to the extreme weather events likely to be exacerbated by climate change. These issues are particularly relevant to provinces in the central coastal region therefore strengthened capacity and greater resilience is a high priority.
(picture: Drought in Ninh Thuan)
In response to the threats climate change, the Government of Vietnam has established cooperation mechanisms with international partners including the Government of Belgium.
In this framework four concurrent projects were launched under the umbrella of the Program for integrated water management and urban development in relation to climate change.
The four projects in the Program are
• Technical support unit (TSU) for water management and urban development in relation to climate change in the provinces of Ha Tinh, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan;
• Integrated water management und urban development in relation to climate change in Ha Tinh province;
• Integrated water management und urban development in relation to climate change in Ninh Thuan province;
• Integrated water management und urban development in relation to climate change in Binh Thuan province.
The general objective of the Program is to contribute to sustainable development through integrated water resources management and urban development in relation to climate change in Ha Tinh, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan.
In support of these objectives, the activities of the projects include field studies (Technical Institutional Capacity Assessment, climate change downscaling….); policy dialog; Capacity Building with provincial and local authorities; Revision of Climate change Action Plan, revision of urban master planning; Engaging participation with the private sector and communities.
The program has 4 expected results. There are:
+ The capacity of the authorities in terms of climate change, integrated water resources management and urban planning are improved with appropriate monitoring an evaluation mechanism;
+ A comprehensive climate change action plan is in place;
+ Priority pilot activities are developed, for lessons learned, targeting Ha Tinh, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan to increase resilience to climate change with appropriate operation and maintenance modalities;
+ Active involvement of effected communities and the private sector.
TSU’s national and international experts for climate change, water management, urban development, M&E, quality management, communication and community development work closely with the provincial Project coordination Units to provide technical support during implementation./.