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NCF: Adapting Urban Construction Plans to Climate Change in Vietnam by the use of Strategic Environmental Assessment [NDF C3 C11]

13.08.2013
The objective of the project was to start systematically integrating climate change considerations into urban planning in Vietnam through the use of strategic environmental assessment.

Vietnam
Adapting Urban Construction Plans to Climate Change in Vietnam by the use of Strategic Environmental Assessment
Ref: NDF C3 C11

Nordic Partner: The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA), Aalborg University
Local Partner: Vietnam Institute for Architecture and Urban-Rural Planning - Centre for Research and Planning on Urban and Rural Environment (CRURE)
Other Partners: Integra Consulting Services
Total Project Cost: EUR 521,000
NCF Financing: EUR 470,000
Agreement Signed: 20 December 2011
Project Classification: Adaptation/ Urban Adaptation
Duration: 20 Months (completed)

Project Objective

To start systematically integrating climate change considerations into urban planning in Vietnam through the use of strategic environmental assessment.

Description

In 2005, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) system was established in Vietnam. SEA is an analytical and participatory approach that aims to integrate environmental considerations into policies, plans and programs and evaluate the inter-linkages with economic and social considerations. Through guidance development, pilots, and capacity building and awareness rising of central stakeholders, the project has built capacity to mainstream climate change adaptation into urban planning processes in Vietnam and contribute to the general international knowledge base on adaptation through environmental assessment.

The project focused on four major outputs:
i) Formal technical guidance on addressing climate change adaptation concerns in SEA of urban plans;
ii) Seven pilot SEAs that rigorously consider climate change issues for urban plans in different regions in Vietnam;
iii) Capacity development for integrating SEA and climate change assessments into urban planning;
iv) Awareness raising and promoting SEA as a formalised tool for systematic integration of climate change issues into urban planning.

Relevance for Climate Change

Climate change is predicted to increasingly affect urban areas and almost all aspects of human life in Vietnam. There is a growing sense of urgency in Vietnam to climate proof urban development planning and urban construction. The existing SEA guidelines for urban planning do not incorporate climate change concerns. Therefore, the project has built capacity for mainstreaming climate change concerns into urban planning processes.

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

Integration of climate change in SEA is a relatively new approach, and core tools, such as guidance, training materials and demonstration studies, has been provided to explain how climate change issues can be addressed in forthcoming SEAs.

The Ministry of Construction regards SEA as one its main environmental mainstreaming tools. The project has developed guidance on addressing climate change concerns in SEA for urban planning, which is expected to become part of a formalized system of strategic environmental assessment developed in Vietnam. This context and the project focus together ensure that the project outcomes will continue being used in practice after the end of the project.