UCR-CoP newsletter, April 2016
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Welcome to our April 2016 Newsletter!

Welcome to the April 2016 Newsletter, which is issued in both English and Vietnamese. In this edition, UCR-CoP members share the results from the Urban Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) sharing event and the workshop on National Urban Development Strategy organized by the Urban Development Agency. We will also get to know Mr. Dinh Van Tien, Director of the Climate Change Coordination Office of Binh Dinh Province (CCCO Binh Dinh), watch the recording of Heat Stress webinar, learn about the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and much more...

Upcoming activities

The UCR-CoP shared calendar is the information center for our community of practice. Visit the calendar to learn about fellow members' activities and add your own activities, projects and events.
April 21-28, 2016
International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA10) in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Learn more

May 23 - 25, 2016
ACCCRN Learning Forum 2016 "Sharing Knowledge and Sustaining Partnerships for a More Resilient Urban Future" Semarang, Indonesia (Learn more

 

Recent activity

Urban Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) workshop. In this meeting, members of the UCR-CoP listened and discussed to two presentations on community based disaster risk reduction projects: Co-management of riverbank erosion in Can Tho and Early warning system for floods in Quy Nhon. The members also participated in a sharing corner in which several members shared information about the work their organizations were doing in building urban climate resilience. Read more at UCR-CoP blog.

 

Meet Mr. Tien

In each newsletter, we get to know a little more about one of our fellow members. Read on to meet Mr. Dinh Van Tien, Director of Climate Change Coordinator Office of Binh Dinh Province. 

 

News and discussion

Read on to check out some interesting articles and discussions that are currently circulating online on the topic of urban climate resilience. In this edition, we feature recent posts on the National Urban Development Strategy Workshop, Heat Stress webinar, Paris agreement, and Earth Day. 

Member profile

Profile
Mr. Dinh Van Tien, Director of Climate Change Coordination Office of Binh Dinh Province (CCCO Binh Dinh).

When did you join CCCO Binh Dinh and what does your role involve?
Before the CCCO Binh Dinh was established, I was the Vice Director of the Natural Resources and Environment Department of Binh Dinh province and, in 2009, I engaged in the second phase of the ACCCRN program implemented in Quy Nhon city in the role of a Project Management Board Director for the project on strengthening climate change resilience in Quy Nhon City.
 
Then, on 24 November 2010, Binh Dinh CCCO was established by Binh Dinh People’s Committee. I was nominated as Deputy Head of the National Target Program on Climate Change Response Standing Committee and Director of CCCO Binh Dinh with the main role of supporting the Steering Committee and the Provincial People’s Committee in coordinating activities of the National Target Program on climate change response and other climate change programs and projects implemented in the province.

How did you become interested in the topic of urban climate resilience?
Urban climate resilience, particularly in peri-urban areas, is an issue of great importance. In recent years, floods have caused tremendous property damage and loss of lives in the Lower Ha Thanh and Kon rivers, with the historic flood of September 2009 as an example. Specifically, I have become very interested in this issue since I started getting access to the climate resilience framework developed by ISET which was widely applied in the ACCCRN program.

What are some of the main activities or projects your organization is currently working on that relate to urban climate resilience?
In the ACCCRN program, we conducted vulnerability assessments, recommended climate change adaptation measures and implemented some projects such as the Quy Nhon Hydrology and Urban Development Flood Modeling-Strategies for Urban Growth in Nhon Binh Ward and the Reducing Flood Risks to Residents in the Lower Ha Thanh and Kon Rivers, Quy Nhon City projects.

What project has impressed you the most and why?
For two reasons, I was particularly impressed by the Rockefeller-funded project Reducing Flood Risks to Residents in the Lower Ha Thanh and Kon Rivers, Quy Nhon City. Firstly, the project was an effective intervention as all relevant stakeholders including local governments, relevant state agencies, community, the Hydromet center, and so on were engaged. These stakeholders were supported to play their parts properly and implement appropriate activities from their own sides so that the flood early warning system (EWS) and community-based communication network could work most effectively. At the same time, the sense of responsibilities and roles of stakeholders were raised to reduce damages and loss caused by flooding. Secondly, the project was an innovative as it employed the use of technology, and modern, efficient EWS to replace the traditional warning system. As a result, flood warning information came three to six hours earlier than previously, thus giving more time to the local governments and residents for flood preparedness and response.

 

Urban climate resilience news from around the world

News
National Urban Development Strategy workshop
The interim workshop on "National Urban Development Strategy - Phase 1" was hosted by the Urban Development Agency, Ministry of Construction on Wednesday April 20, 2016. The workshop aimed at strengthening urban development management and direction at both national and local level to promulgate policies to mobilize resources for effective urban development. Read more... 
News
Heat stress webinar
“Building Heat Stress Resilience in Da Nang, Vietnam” webinar was hosted by the ACCCRN Network and presented by Lisa Buggy, Climate Change Project Advisor of The Center for Community Health and Development (COHED), on 30 March 2016. Read more and watch the webinar...
News
Paris agreement, a vigorous ambition in the fight against climate change
The Paris agreement, approved on Friday April 23, 2016, was considered the most ambitious climate change accord ever negotiated. Read more.. 
News
Earth Day 2016
April 22 is Earth Day but let’s make everyday is earth day. Join the movement here or send your actions here with us in the comment sections.
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