Project Description

Second GMS Corridor Towns Development Project: Integrated Disaster Risk Management

Donor / Partner: ADB    |   Duration: 2016-2017  |    Location: Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR

  • About: Many towns and cities in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are facing increased vulnerability and exposure due to climate extremes combined with rapid and unplanned expansion of urban population and infrastructure. These towns are susceptible to flooding, drought, storms and other natural hazards, which are likely to become more frequent and more severe with climate change. This will negatively affect human settlements and economic activities in the region.

The Second GMS Corridor Towns Development Project aims to improve urban services in 7 towns in Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao PDR and strengthen integrated disaster risk management (IDRM) in these towns. The towns are:

  • Kampot and Sihanoukville of Cambodia;
  • Bac Giang, Mong Cai, and Sa Pa of Vietnam;
  • Houayxay and Luang Namtha of Lao PDR.

Contracted by the ADB, ICEM will provide capacity development and technical assistance (CDTA) as part of the project to help each participating town become more resilient to natural hazards. Our activities include:

  • Conducting broad town-wide risk assessment and detailed assessment on selected case study sites using baseline data collection, GIS analysis and participatory mapping guided by ICEM’s Climate Change Adaptation Methodology (CAM);
  • Institutionalization of IDRM through development of IDRM criteria for town planning and design of investment projects, incorporation of these criteria into Strategic Local Economic Development Plans (SLEDPs), and establishment of DRM changes to town spatial planning safeguards and development controls;
  • Provision of capacity building and training for provincial and city government agencies on disaster risk assessment, development of mitigation or adaptation actions and mainstreaming DRM into town planning process.

All key findings and lessons learnt will be consolidated into a knowledge product targeting a broader audience.

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