Building resilience for urban areas against extreme climatic issues in the Southeast Asia
Create date: 04/01/19
On March 29, 2019, in Hanoi, the Vietnam Disater Management Authority (VDMA) cooperated with the Asian Disaster Prevention Center (ADPC) to organize the Workshop "Building resilience for urban areas against extreme climatic issues in the Southeast Asia”. The workshop was sponsored by Norwegian Development Cooperation (Norad).

Attending the worhshop were Mr. Hans Guttman - CEO of ADPC, Ms. Doan Thi Tuyet Nga - VDNA - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, PhD. Tran Thi Lan Anh - Urban Development Department of the Ministry of Construction; delegates and representatives from agencies related to natural disaster prevention, urban development and climate ... such as ministries, Sectors, urban management organizations, institutions and research institutes, local authorities, UN organizations, NGOs...

On the side of Vietnam Academy for Water Resources Research, there wereAssoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tung Phong - Deputy Director General of the Academy; representatives of the General Planning Department, Institute of Ecology and Works Protection, Center for Training and International Cooperation and representatives of the Institute of Hydraulic Works.

Mr. Hans Guttman –Excecutive Director of Asian Disaster Prevention Center spoke at the Conference (Source: phongchongthientai.vn)

Risks from natural disasters in Asian countries are putting increasing pressure. The level of disaster risk is increasing rapidly through the complex relationship of climate change, demographic changes, the impact of socio-economic development, as well as increased environmental and urban degradation. ... This is reflected in issues of poverty, inequality, social problems, corruption, conflicts and relationships with other factors.

Currently, lowland and coastal cities in Asian countries are increasingly affected by extreme climate problems, natural disasters and emergency risks. The trend and types of natural disasters caused by climate change are increasing in frequency with more serious, sevege and abnormal influence. These include the big floods in 2010, 2011, 2016 and the prolonged drought in 2015 and 2016 in the Mekong Delta; devastated by floods in the Chao Phraya plain in 2011; tornadoes and tropical storms killed many people in some Asian plains (Nargis 2008, Ketsana 2009, Haiyan 2013, Roanu 2015).

The above disaster risks show the  change of types of climate extremes that cause major destruction in the coastal plains of Asian countries, threatening economic growth and development in this area.

The VDMA in collaboration with the Asian Disaster Prevention Center (ADPC) with support from the Norwegian Agency for Development and Cooperation (NORAD) has developed a 5-year program on: "Building resilience for urban areas against extreme climatic issues in the Southeast Asia", this program will contribute to the development of common indicators of the SENDAI framework for disaster risk reduction, The Dialogue agenda on New urban and sustainable development goals of PARIS agreement.

The program will be implemented in two target countries, which are Myanmar (peripheral of Yangon) and Vietnam (Nam Dinh and My Tho cities), with the implementation period of the program from November 2018 to 10/2023.

Mr. Atiq Kainan Ahmed, expert at the Asian Disaster Prevention Center, introduced building up resilience for urban areas against natural disasters and extreme climate issues in Southeast Asia (Source: phongchongthientai.vn)

The workshop was divided into 02 technical sessions including session 1 - an overview of disaster and urban issues in Vietnam, especially the target cities of the program; Session 2 - team work "Developing the results of the Program and planningfor implementationfollowing 04 result groups to assessment the risk and EW, enhancing urban adaptability, adaptability for the sector and urban management group ...

Delegates take souvenir photos (Source: phongchongthientai.vn)

The workshop aimed to share and provide general information about the program of NORAD and ADPC; identifythe needs and issues of urban disaster prevention to develop NORAD activities in the next 5 years. As well as acknowledging feedback from partners on issues related to the recovery capacity of urban areas before disasters, in the context of Vietnam and particularly the two target cities of NORAD Program in Vietnam (Nam Dinh and My Tho cities).

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