Climate Change and Land

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

Eligible countriesCambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Pakistan
Course modalityonline
Dates18-29 October 2021
Application deadline4 October 2021

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.

About the course

In a recent report on “Climate Change and Land”, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes the important linkages between land, climate change and water. “Land” includes ecosystems and land-based activities including the use, management and degradation of land, and food security. The IPCC report concludes that land ecosystems and diversity are vulnerable to climate change and weather extremes and that sustainable land management can contribute to reducing the negative effects of climate change on ecosystems and societies.

In this interactive online refresher course, experts from IHS and Hanoi Architectural University (HAU) will critically analyze the recent IPCC findings in the context of urban and peri-urban Vietnam and neighbouring countries. Course participants will receive lectures from experts in the field of land and water management and climate change from IHS, HAU and the region. In addition, they will work in small groups to apply this knowledge to the case studies they will bring to the course. These case studies can be related to their own professional and/or research environments. Through the case studies, participants will identify pathways to improved practices in integrated land and water management, taking into account the challenges presented by climate change. Following the course, participants will be invited to join a regional network on “climate change and land”, which will aim to disseminate sustainable practices in integrated land development and water management. Course participants will also be encouraged to collaborate on a joint project idea and/or publication.

Should I join this course?

This course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni in Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Pakistan. 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 the 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 neighbouring 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. 

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). 

Key topics of the course: climate change; land, ecosystems and land-based activities; water systems; human ecosystems; challenges of sustainable development, resilience, vulnerability, poverty and equity.

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. 

Photo source: Ashim D Silva on Unsplash

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