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Belgian body holds water management workshop

Released at: 15:20, 29/05/2019

Belgian body holds water management workshop

Photo: Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Hanoi

"Water Management in Urban Areas in Vietnam in the Context of Climate Change" workshop held on May 28 in Hanoi.

by Ngoc Lan

In the framework of the Belgian Development Cooperation’s activities in Vietnam, the Embassy of Belgium, in cooperation with the VNU - Institute of Vietnamese Studies and Development Science (IVIDES), the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel), KU Leuven, Université de Liège (ULg), and ULB (Free University of Brussels) held a workshop on “Water Management in Urban Areas in Vietnam in the Context of Climate Change” on May 28 in Hanoi.

From being longstanding partners in development cooperation, Belgium and Vietnam have been maturing bilateral ties in different sectors. This workshop was an occasion for Belgium to not only reiterate its support towards sustainable growth but also continue its support for Vietnam to respond effectively to the challenges of climate change.

Vietnam is one of the countries most affected by climate change, which also influences the interplay between water and urban areas. Climate change intensifies the risks of both drought and flooding.

In Vietnam’s rapidly expanding cities, increased development in addition to the increased heavy intensity of rainfall due to climate change creates significant new problems in flood risk that not only impact human lives and the economy but also creates environmental problems. Responses and approaches examined at the workshop include analysis of climate change impact, consideration of increased risk and vulnerability as well as actions for capacity building, awareness raising, and infrastructure works.

Belgian Development Cooperation invests significantly in solutions to address the consequences of climate change in urban areas. Three major projects of Enabel in Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan and Ha Tinh provinces are finalizing their activities and shared their results and lessons learned. In addition, there were presentations from joint Belgian - Vietnamese academic research on water management in major Vietnamese cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Can Tho.

The research was on remote sensing, flood control systems, flood mapping, flood protection barriers, water retention, the role of waterways / rivers, urban planning, and landscape architecture. Such research can offer crucial help for the future design of climate-proof sustainable water management and urban planning.

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