United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations (UN). It bridges the academic world and the UN system. Its goal is to develop sustainable solutions for current and future problems of humankind in all aspects of life. Through a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approach it aims at applied research and education on a global scale. UNU was founded in 1973 and is an autonomous organ of the UN General Assembly. The University comprises headquarters Tokyo, Japan, and more than a dozen Institutes and Programmes worldwide.


Quick Links





Explore UNU Bonn´s entities

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 workshop 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 experts

  • 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.