Climate Change and Land

Developing Pathways to Water and Climate Resilient Cities in Vietnam and Mainland Southeast Asia

DatesThis course has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new dates are still to be decided.
Application deadlineTo be announced

Local partners

Hanoi Architectural University (HAU), Hanoi, Vietnam
Course coordinatorsPaul Rabe, Alberto Gianoli

This course is organized with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nuffic.

Should I join this course?

This course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Alumni are allowed to invite colleagues, if well motivated and to a limited extent. This course is aimed at alumni whose current practice is related to the theme of the course. Female participation is strongly encouraged. The participants will be chosen based on their relevant professional backgrounds, strong motivation and high potential of prolonged development impact of the training.

Course content

This course is timely: it responds to the challenge identified by the IPCC by: 1) analyzing, through the GIP tool, the problem of unsustainable land and water management in Vietnam and neighboring countries and the negative impact this has on and peri-urban poor); 2) developing pathways to improved practices in integrated land and water management; and 3) producing joint outputs, namely: a special journal issue expanding on the use cases of the participants and a project idea to be developed in stage 3 of the guided innovation process. The modules of the course will be as follows:

Week 1: Focus on analysis

Day 1: introduction to the course and focus on the IPCC report on climate and land; excursion to view land development in the Hanoi area (city centre).
Day 2: introduction to climate change and how it affects Vietnam and mainland Southeast Asia; group work using the GIP method, step 1.
Day 3: introduction to land use, land development, degradation and water systems in an urban/peri-urban context; group work using the GIP method, step 1.
Day 4: the inter-relationship between climate, land and water in a resilience context; group work using the GIP method, step 2.
Day 5: All-day excursion to view land development in the Hanoi area (peri-urban area).

Week 2: Focus on responses

Day 6: Adaptation and mitigation response options; group work using the GIP method, step 2.
Day 7: Focus on governance and institutions; group work using the GIP method, step 3.
Day 8: All-day excursion for meetings with key stakeholders to explore response options.
Day 9: Group work using the GIP method, step 3; group work on final proposals - IHS team provides guidance.
Day 10: Closing seminar, open to the general public. Participants present pathways to water and climate resilient cities in Vietnam and mainland Southeast Asia, and engage with local experts, students and other members of the public.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Understand how water and climate resilient cities and peri-urban areas function as areas that can integrate land use and planning with sustainable management of water resources. 
  • Apply a guided innovation process tool to develop “pathways” (road maps) towards water and climate resilience in their areas (use cases). 

Through its regional dimension, the course stimulates networking on the shared challenge in Southeast Asia of unsustainable land and water use and its impact on resilience and the livelihoods of citizens vulnerable to climate change. 

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