Integrating Ecosystem-based Approaches into Flood Risk Management for Adaptive and Sustainable Urban Development in Central Vietnam (FloodAdaptVN)

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    Michael Hagenlocher

    Central Viet Nam is characterized by rapid urbanization, particularly in small and medium-sized coastal cities. At the same time, the region is facing an increase in precipitation and heavy rainfall events, which, combined with land use changes, result in more frequent and intense flooding. In this context, the overall aim of the FloodAdaptVN project is to analyze and ultimately reduce present-day and future flood risk in highly flood prone urban regions of Central Vietnam using the city of Hué and its hinterland as a case study. More specifically, the project aims at (1) better understanding and drivers, hotspots and dynamics of present-day and future flood risk, (2) investigating both, entry points for and barriers to the implementation of (ecosystem-based) solutions for flood risk reduction, risk transfer, and adaptation solutions, and (3) developing a decision support tool for prioritizing among different risk reduction and adaptation measures based on their impact reduction, social acceptance, long-term sustainability and cost-efficiency. FloodAdaptVN is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the funding initiative “Sustainable development of urban regions”.

    The FloodAdaptVN consortium is composed of seven German and five Vietnamese partners, representing science, business, and governmental organizations. This inter- and transdisciplinary team provides a solid ground to co-develop and co-implement the planned activities sustainably in the region. Next to UNU-EHS, German partners are the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which leads the project, the Eberhard Karls Universität Tuebingen, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII), the IZES gGmbH, the GEOMER GmbH. Vietnamese partners include Huế University, Huế University of Sciences, the People’s Committee of Huế City (PC), the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE), and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) – Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change.

    Currently, FloodAdaptVN is going through a definition phase of 18 months (08/2019 – 01/2021), in which the initial approach is co-developed, tested, and refined with local partners and stakeholders. The outcome and experiences of the definition phase will be used to co-design the subsequent research & development (R&D) phase of four years.

    • Michael Hagenlocher Michael Hagenlocher Associate Academic Officer
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    • Zita Sebesvari Zita Sebesvari Deputy Director of UNU-EHS / Head of Section – Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services (EVES)
    • Maxime Souvignet Maxime Souvignet Associate Academic Officer