ASEM strengthens Asia-Europe response to climate change

ASEM’s pioneering role as a key driver of economic growth and innovation in the 21st century and its contributions to international efforts to address global challenges were highlighted at a two-day conference that ended in Cần Thơ City yesterday.– Photo baogiaothong.vn

CẦN THƠ CITY – ASEM’s pioneering role as a key driver of economic growth and innovation in the 21st century and its contributions to international efforts to address global challenges were highlighted at a two-day conference that ended in Cần Thơ City yesterday.

“The experiences and intellectual inputs shared by representatives from member countries of the ASEM shows that ASEM has the ability to champion multilateral co-operation, including the fulfilment of the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda,” Nguyễn Minh Hằng, ASEM SOM leader for Việt Nam, said .

“The efforts and results of the Asia – Europe co-operation achieved here could and should be further promoted and expanded to make ASEM a unique platform for dialogue, mutual understanding and co-operation, and more action-oriented and relevant in the evolving global setting, for the benefit of our people and businesses,” she said. Continue reading

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Tăng cường nỗ lực quản lý tổng thể tài nguyên nước trên lưu vực Vu Gia – Thu Bồn

Tại hội thảo cuối kỳ dự án về quản lý tổng hợp lưu vực sông Vu Gia – Thu Bồn và vùng bờ Quảng Nam – Đà Nẵng giữa tháng 6 này ở Hội An, những người tham dự không hề có ấn tượng rằng đây là một sự kiện cuối cùng hay khép lại, như thường thấy ở hội thảo cuối kỳ các dự án nói chung. Thay vào đó, các đại biểu vẫn tiếp tục bị cuốn vào những thảo luận, đôi khi rất gay gắt, về những vấn đề phức tạp cần giải quyết ở lưu vực sông liên tỉnh này, từ quản lý lũ lụt, quản lý hạn hán, quản lý chất lượng nước đến quản lý sạt lở bờ sông, và nhiều vấn đề khác nữa.

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Toàn cảnh Hội thảo Chia sẻ – Học hỏi – Đối thoại ngày 15/6/2018. Ảnh: Thơ Nguyễn, ISET-Việt Nam

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Continued efforts for integrated water management of the Vu Gia – Thu Bon

Attending the final workshop of the project on integrated management of Vu Gia – Thu Bon river basin and the coastal areas of Quang Nam and Da Nang this middle of June in Hoi An city, one does not have the impression of seeing something final or closing, as in the case of a typical ‘final project workshops.’ Instead, participants were still found absorbed in some more heated discussions on the very complex issues of the regional river basin from flood management, drought management, water quality management, to erosion management, and many more.

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Overview of the Shared Learning Dialogue on June 15, 2018. Photo: Tho Nguyen, ISET-Vietnam

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‘Wicked problem’ in managing water balance in the Vu Gia – Thu Bon river basin

Early November 2017, storm no. 12 (Typhoon Damrey) with level 12 winds, level 15 gusts and heavy rain made a landfall on the central coast of Vietnam. Fearing that the increasing water levels would risk reservoir safety, many hydropower reservoirs opened their floodgates and released huge amounts of water for several days continuously, causing extensive flooding downstream.

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