IPCC SREX report launched in Viet Nam
The SREX report is the outcome of cross-disciplinary teamwork between
scientists studying the physical aspects of climate change, scientists
with expertise in impacts, adaptation and vulnerability as well as
experts in disaster risk management. Dr. Birkmann contributed as lead author to Chapter 2 "Determinants of Risk: Exposure and Vulnerability".
The launch event took place in the context of
a high level expert workshop on “Climate Change
and Climate Extremes in Viet Nam”.
The expert workshop
The workshop was opened by
Nguyen Minh Quang,
Minister of MoNRE,
Vice Minister of MoNRE, as well as
Ms. Pratibha Mehta,
Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam.
More than 175
experts, representatives of international organizations, governmental agencies
and non-governmental organizations attended the expert workshop in Hanoi.
The event was strongly
supported by UNDP in Viet Nam and offered the opportunity for direct exchanges
thereafter in three working groups.
To disseminate the main
findings of the recently launched IPCC’s Special Report on Managing Risk of
Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) Report
To discuss implications for
Viet Nam of global climatic extremes that are a result of climate change, and
specifically how professionals working on climate related disasters should
Initiate work on a special
report on extreme climatic events in Viet Nam as a result of climate change (co-produced
by IHMEN and DMC, with inputs from the UNDP-Policy Advisory Team and volunteer
participants of the workshop; to be finalized by late 2012.
Vulnerability, risk and adaptation - challenges for Viet Nam
In his presentation,
Birkmann underscored the importance to address the dynamics
of exposure and vulnerability in future risk reduction and adaptation
In this context, he also highlighted selected results of
the ongoing WISDOM project, which focuses among other issues on different vulnerability
profiles of communities in the Mekong Delta.