WISDOM Expert Meeting on Vulnerability and Adaptation Scenarios
7 October 2011, Viet Nam. In the framework of the WISDOM project, UNU-EHS in collaboration with Can Tho University organized and hosted an Expert Meeting on Vulnerability and Adaptation Scenarios for Can Tho
and Tra Vinh
. About 30
participants developed scenarios for potential socio-economic development pathways, including their
implications for future vulnerability and adaptive capacity with respect to natural
hazards and climate change impacts.
Besides the vulnerability-related researchers of the WISDOM project, participants included leaders from the planning departments
in Can Tho and Tra Vinh as well as experts from Can Tho University, the Can Tho
Institute for Sustainable Development, the Southern Institute for Sustainable
Development, the Ho Chi Minh City Institute for Sustainable Development and
other research institutes.
Main objectives of the meeting
Presentation of the
results of the vulnerability assessment for Can Tho, Dong Thap and Tra Vinh
within the first phase of the WISDOM project (2007-2010) and joint discussion
of these findings
Presentation of the
research outline for the adaptation studies (notably with respect to climate
change) in Can Tho, Dong Thap and Tra Vinh within the second phase of WISDOM
(2011-2013). This included the discussion of this research outline as well as
the discussion of other research needs perceived by local authorities and
Joint development and evaluation of scenarios for Can Tho’s and Tra
Vinh’s future socio-economic development pathways under conditions of climate
change. This exercise was directly geared towards the joint development of
climate change adaptation strategies for Can Tho City.
The resulting scenarios are not only highly
relevant for informing adaptation research, but also as planning tool for
envisioning, debating and shaping future development in decision-making and policy
development. The scenarios and methodological lessons learned are
currently being summarized in short report which will be shared with the
participants and published on the WISDOM website.