Mekong Delta city strives to increase resilience capacity

As a centre of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is expected to pioneer in the enhancement of urban resilience in Vietnam, heard a workshop held in the city on June 27.

Can Tho became a member of the US Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network (100RC) in May 2016 and it will receive necessary technical and financial assistance from this programme to develop and implement the resilience strategy.

The strategy is built to address major challenges that Can Tho is encountering such as flood, sea level rise, and drought caused by climate change, along with food security, diseases, consumer price fluctuation, and water resources management. Continue reading

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Stories from seven years of pioneering climate change resilience building in Vietnam

Learning Exchange in Quy Nhon City, May 2013, where UCR-CoP participants and regional ACCCRN partners took a “close-up view” of urban resilience issues in Quy Nhon City, and participated in conversations on the opportunities and challenges for the Greater Mekong Delta region under climate change. Photo credit: ISET-Vietnam

It is becoming more and more obvious to urban dwellers in Vietnam, especially during the last ten years, that they are facing ever-increasing risks from the impacts of climate change. Vulnerability to climate change is not merely a matter of numbers and figures in the World Bank’s reports, but can be felt acutely in many cases by local Vietnamese people, such as in the devastation caused by intensified and out-of-season floods, droughts, and storms on people’s lives and livelihoods.

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Building Resilience Through Community Engagement

Rapid urbanization coupled with the threats of climate change is perfectly exemplified in Central Vietnam and especially in the city of Da Nang, where the annual population growth rate is 3.48%. The local economy is also growing rapidly, and with this progress comes an increase in risks and vulnerability. Flooding is one such vulnerability, and is an ongoing problem in the region. According to technical analysis, climate change is likely to increase the intensity of rain — and consequently flooding — in and around Da Nang over the next 30 years. Flooding has already caused devastating economic damage and the loss of life in the region.

(Above: The city of Da Nang, the majority of which is surrounded by water. To the east there is the Han River, and to the North the Da Nang Bay. Google Maps, Feb. 2nd, 2017)

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Climate Change may Cause More Rainfall in Tropical Areas: NASA

The increase tropical rainfall would warm the air to balance the cooling from the high cloud shrinkage, warns NASA. Source:

WASHINGTON: The amount of rainfall in the Earth’s tropical regions will significantly increase as our planet continues to warm, a new NASA study warns.

Most global climate models underestimate decreases in high clouds over the tropics seen in recent NASA observations, according to research led by scientist Hui Su of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the US.

Globally, rainfall is not related just to the clouds that are available to make rain but also to Earth’s “energy budget” – incoming energy from the Sun compared to outgoing heat energy. Continue reading

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