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Reality Check Workshop:
Adaptation on the ground in Can Tho and Da Nang City, Vietnam

July 7, 2016 at 11:00 - 13:00 (2 hours session)

The aim of this workshop was to present and discuss the emerging climate risk related issues in the coastal cities of Da Nang and Can Tho, and to get input from cities facing similar challenges.

Can Tho is currently facing the most severe drought and saline intrusion in recent years seriously impacting the city and the surrounding agricultural area that services the city. The combination of these two stresses threatens to exceed the ability of social-ecological systems to adapt, if there is no appropriate short and long term response regarding water management.

Da Nang is vulnerable to acute shocks, such as storms, floods and droughts. Intense and unpredictable typhoons, frequent floods and droughts are associated with substantial losses. Despite its achievements in urbanization, there remain problematic issues in urban planning, flood control and urban drainage in the city of Da Nang.

Both cities had completed vulnerability assessments and developed their own Climate Change Adaptation Plans. However, up to this date, there is not enough knowledge on how to address slow-onset hazards, such as droughts and salinity intrusion under a changing climate and how to effectively plan and implement flood management in old city areas where urban planning did not address climate change effects. 

This Reality Check Workshop gave participant cities a chance to see their issues from a different perspective and explore approaches that in turn will help them think “outside of the box” in solving their adaptation challenges back home.

Community-based urban flood and erosion management in Can Tho, Vietnam
(click image below for video) 

The video was created by ISET-International, Can Tho Climate Change Coordination Office

Climate change in city of Da Nang - CCCO
(click image below for video) 

The video was created by City of Da Nang www.ccco.danang.gov.vn