In an April 2 shared learning dialogue chaired by Mr. Phan Ngoc Tho, Vice-Chairman of the Thua Thian-Hue Provincial People’s Committee, participants presented a draft Climate Action Plan for Hue City for stakeholder feedback.

The Climate Action Plan was produced under the USAID Mekong Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities Program, which is implemented by the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, and will be revised and presented to the Provincial People’s Committee for approval.

The Program has been working in Hue for almost four years to lay the groundwork for developing a Climate Action Plan.  Achievements include a participatory vulnerability assessment that engaged government and academic partners in understanding how climate change and urban growth will affect the city and intervention projects that demonstrated some ways in which the city can work to build climate resilience, including the development of a participatory flood-monitoring system and a scenario analysis looking at future flood conditions.

The Climate Action Plan builds on the program by promoting work through local institutions to strengthen awareness and capacity of communities and organizations, institutional structures and mechanisms, and infrastructure systems.  In order to finance implementation, the Climate Action Plan identifies mechanisms for utilizing available funds from city level budgets while also pursuing funding from provincial and national level budgets as well as support from aid agencies and non-governmental organizations.

This program will also work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the coming months to develop a decision support tool that will further help the city evaluate future decisions to address climate change and urban growth.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update