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CDIA Training Workshop Offers Insights on Developing Climate-Resilient Infrastructure in Vietnam

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CDIA delivered a training workshop on climate resilience to 41 officials representing various provincial and city-level government agencies in Bac Kan and Ha Nam, Vietnam.

The one-day training workshop, held on 1 and 8 April 2021, enabled the stakeholders to gain a better understanding of climate resilience concepts and the practical steps they can take to build their resilience against climate change impacts.

“A key aspect that we’ve highlighted during the training was the need to change the traditional view of focusing on hard infrastructure and short-term interventions to consider a whole range of engineering measures like nature-based solutions that can bring about multiple and long-term benefits,” says CDIA Program Manager Neil Chadder.

The CDIA team of trainers started the activity by presenting the climate hazards, risks, vulnerability and climate change scenarios in the provinces of Bac Kan and Ha Nam. They then proceeded with the rest of the training in consideration of these specific circumstances.

Through the highly participatory approach, participants were able to work together to estimate the level of risks and vulnerability in identified areas using some of the tools and knowledge that the trainers have imparted. They were also then able to reflect on the concrete ways by which they can integrate climate resilience and disaster risk management in urban planning and infrastructure design.

Overall, most participants found the training to be relevant to their work. They also took special interest in knowing the climate vulnerability, risk and climate change scenarios in their respective province.

“It is important for our partners to fully understand these concepts because it will give them the familiarity they need to be able to think outside the box when developing strategies and weighing different infrastructure investment options,” says Neil.

CDIA conducted the training workshop as part of the inception phase of its ongoing project preparation study (PPS). Under this project, a team of CDIA experts are working with local stakeholders to integrate climate resilience in infrastructure planning and prepare to preliminary design level priority interventions that will inform the project on Climate Risk and Urban Development in Bac Kan and Ha Nam (CRBH).

The CRBH is an investment program pipelined for funding by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) that will strengthen climate resilience and improve livability in the cities of Bac Kan and Phu Ly. The CDIA PPS itself is funded by AFD and the European Union.

See related story published by AFD.

 

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