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Strengthening climate resilience in Bac Kan city

Bac Kan, Vietnam –  July, 2018: Strengthening climate resilience in Bac Kan city

Located in the northern mountainous area of Vietnam, Bac Kan Province is increasingly affected by extreme weather events, aggravated by the impacts of climate change. Droughts, flashfloods, and landslides frequently cause severe damage to agricultural production and livestock, harming the livelihoods of local people in the province.

To reduce the impacts of climate change and strengthen local capacity to adapt to these challenges, the local government developed a Climate Action Plan with proposed projects to safeguard critical infrastructure. To support these efforts, the Climate and Natural Disasters Resilience project in Bac Kan province was launched.

This July the project team, consisting of experts from ICEM and AREP, visited Bac Kan City to gather information of the challenges that the city is facing as well as proposed responses. First, the team met with the local People’s Committee to clarify key concerns regarding a proposed project to protect areas of the city against flooding and bank erosion of the Cau River. The proposed project includes the construction of new embankments, dredging along this area, and the construction of two weirs. ICEM would review these plans and assess their effectiveness towards achieving their intended goals.

After the meeting, the team visited sites relevant to the project such as the city’s main drainage outflow and sluice gate to the Cau River, areas where landslides occurred during previous storms, upstream drainage channels, existing embankments, and proposed embankment sites. The team took photos and notes on each of the sites to later add to their recommendations on the city’s proposal. The People’s Committee accompanied the project team to provide additional information on each of these sites.

The team will now assess erosion […]

Climate and Natural Disasters Resilience Project in Bac Kan Province

Donor/Partner: AREP/AFD   |    Duration: 2018   |    Location: Vietnam

About: Bac Kan city is located in the northern mountainous region of Vietnam. With a population of 57 800, only a few regions are well developed. The Nong Thuong stream and Thi Xa stream, which drains into the Cau River through Thanh Nien street, are major drainage conduits that significant portions of the city rely on. The stream catchments cover both residential and undeveloped areas but during heavy rainfall, soil, rock and solid waste block the stream, causing serious flooding and environmental issues.

In 2016, the Vietnam Climate Change Scenario of Bac Kan province was updated to include a range of changes in precipitation and temperature, and specific additional details and probability of extreme events, to be used to update the province’s Climate Action Plan to adapt to climate change.

Subsequent, the Bac Kan Provincial People’s Committee (PPC) developed a project proposal which aims to promote sustainable and resilient development for Bac Kan city. The proposal focuses on construction components (embankment, weir, dredging and drainage system) and institutional components (Climate Change Action Plan, river basin and watershed management, application of green infrastructure and bio-engineering). ICEM is supporting AREP to review the project proposal.

Objective: Review and strengthen the project proposal developed by the PPC to promote sustainable and resilient development of Bac Kan city.

Main tasks:

By |August 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Climate resilience projects in Cambodia prioritized for action

New initiatives to build resilience to climate change in Cambodia are edging closer to implementation following a national workshop in Phnom Penh this March. The workshop served to review the results of six feasibility studies for projects focusing on climate resilience in Cambodia, and to identify projects most likely to receive financing from climate funds.

Building Climate Change Resilience in Asia’s Critical Infrastructure

Donor/Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB)    |    Duration: 2017-2020   |    Location: South Asia and Southeast Asia (including pilot activities in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam)

About: Large investments in infrastructure in low-income counties and emerging markets are continually necessary to meet crucial development, inclusion, and environmental goals. In 2009, ADB estimated that an infrastructure investment of USD8 trillion would be required during 2010-2020 to maintain current levels of growth in Asia. The bulk of these needs are in energy, water, and transport infrastructure.

Due to its vast and varied geography, Asia will experience most of the projected climate change impacts, particularly the increased risk of submergence, coastal flooding, and coastal erosion in coastal systems and low-lying areas. Inland ports, seaports, roads, rail, airports, energy and water supply, energy distribution, stormwater and sewerage systems and other infrastructure assets are highly sensitive to slow-onset climate change. This includes gradual increases in air temperature and sea levels. They are equally vulnerable to such extreme events as flooding from heavy precipitation, high winds, and storm surges. A detailed understanding of the impacts of climate change on critical infrastructure is of great importance, since it can inform the continued and sustainable development of ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs) in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

The ADB has commissioned the joint venture between ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and Philkoei International to implement TA 9191: Building Climate Change Resilience in Asia’s Critical Infrastructure.

The project will help to address emerging development challenges identified in the 2014 midterm review of ADB’s Strategy 2020 and meet an ADB priority to scale-up support for climate-resilient development in its DMCs. Results will also inform ADB’s preparation of a long-term strategic […]

By |July 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI): Community Mapping for Can Tho, Vietnam

Donor: World Bank |    Duration: 2017   |    Location: Vietnam

About: Can Tho City plays a major role in the socio-economic development of Vietnam’s Delta Region. The city plays a vital role in supporting regional connectivity through its transport and telecommunications systems, and hosts crucial infrastructure for power production, industry and water networks that benefit the entire delta.

Can Tho is also vulnerable to various stresses, including natural disasters like urban flooding, sea level rise and storms. Rapid uncontrolled urbanization has placed additional stresses on communities, infrastructure and the environment. To build urban resilience, local government agencies need to integrate climate change and disaster risk management in their city planning.

In response, The World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) are supporting the government of Can Tho City to enact the Can Tho Urban Development and Resilience Project, a program for building a more resilient urban system. This project will feed into a flood risk management system that OpenDRI will implement as part of its regional Open Cities program, one aspect of the Can Tho Urban Development and Resilience Project.

The Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI): Community Mapping for Can Tho, Vietnam project entails the creation of base spatial data layers, the training of stakeholders to manage the resulting data and the creation of a laboratory that can be a long-term center of technical excellence for the associated technologies and data collection methodologies.

Understanding the status of existing infrastructure and demographics is essential to proactively adapt to climate change and to invest wisely in flood risk reduction. Communities have a crucial role to play in building and refreshing this knowledge, and collecting and disseminating data in an open and participatory […]

By |May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Valuable lessons captured in climate resilience films

Vietnam’s northern mountainous provinces are particularly vulnerable to intense storms which may become more frequent and intense due to the impact of climate change. The area is already prone to landslides and floods, but these could become more severe, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods and leaving the provinces with irreplaceable losses. To help the Vietnamese government and communities to protect rural infrastructure from the impacts of climate change, the GEF-funded project Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam was implemented in 2012.

Feasibility Study and Capacity Development for Strengthening Disaster Risk Management and Rural Resilience in Cambodia

Donor / Partner:  World Bank (WB)  |   Duration: 2016-2017  |  Location: Cambodia

About: Typhoon Ketsana, which made landfall in late September 2009, was one of the worst storms to ever hit Cambodia. Lives were lost, and homes, fields, and infrastructure were destroyed in the provinces of Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, Stung Treng, Mondulkiri and Rattanakiri.

The original Ketsana Emergency Rehabilitation Project aimed to restore transport, water, and sanitation services to affected regions and improve the Royal Government of Cambodia’s capacity in disaster preparedness and management. This new feasibility study builds on gains made during the Ketsana project with a particular focus on the assessment and rehabilitation of rural roads.

As part of the project, Feasibility Study and Capacity Development for Strengthening Disaster Risk Management and Rural Resilience in Cambodia, ICEM has been contracted by the World Bank to develop:

ICEM will also contribute to long-term capacity development activities by supporting the drafting of terms of reference for follow-up work and by helping to develop rural infrastructure building code standards.

All GIS research and results, including flood risk analysis and road data, will be added to the MRD rural road inventory.

By |May 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Climate Resilience Team Conducts Scoping Missions in Koh Kong, Mondulkiri Provinces, Cambodia

ICEM's Cambodia-based climate resilience team has wrapped up two scoping missions as part of its project, Mainstreaming Climate Resilience into Development Planning.

SPCR Coordination Team Meeting Brings Experts, Stakeholders Together for Climate Resilience in Cambodia

The 3rd Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) Coordination Team meeting was held in the Himawari Hotel on 14 December in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. The event was chaired by HE Dr. Sabo Ojano and supported by Dr. Ancha Srinivasan of ADB.
By |December 21st, 2015|Cambodia news, News|0 Comments

POSTER: Building Resilience and Sustainability in the Mekong Poster Series

These information posters were developed as part of the Bioengineering and Green Infrastructure Session delivered at the 2015 Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy in Phnom Penh.

The posters give an overview of the Resilience Resource Kit, developed as part of the Climate Resilience in Cities project. To download all seven volumes of the Resilience Resource Kit in English, Khmer, Lao, and Vietnamese, visit


By |October 26th, 2015|0 Comments