Regional Training Course and Workshop on
Ecosystem Based Adaptation approach for Sustainable Management and Governance of Coastal Ecosystems (ENGAGE Program)
Can Tho, Viet Nam, 21th November, 2016
Under the sponsorship of the Asian-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), the Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam (AIT-VN) in cooperation with the United Nations University, Institute of Water Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), Canada and host of the international and regional partners is implementing the ENGAGE Program (Ecosystem Based Adaptation Management and Governance for Sustainable approach of Coastal Ecosystems).
Time: From Monday to Thursday (from 21th to 24th November 2016)
Location: Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel, Hoa Binh Street 03, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho, VIET NAM
Participants: International experts in the field of climate change & coastal ecosystems in South East Asian region (SEAR), government officials working in the coastal regions of SEAR; Representatives of stakeholders, ministries, departments of the regional Mekong Delta.
Coastal ecosystems bordering the tropical coastlines play an important role in maintaining holistic environmental conditions for the coastal communities. These ecosystems mainly comprise of mangrove forest, swamps, marine tidal forests and play a key role in sheltering the shoreline between freshwater and the saline. South East Asian region [SEAR] countries constitute the largest habitat for coastal diversity, including mangroves. Indonesia alone houses more than twenty per cent of the world’s mangroves. Recent debates in sustainability science endorses the need of ecosystem based framework for resource management and planning as it appropriates various ecological services and benefits received by the social capital.
In order to create an enabling environment for sustainable management of coastal ecosystems in SEAR, the regional training cum workshop will discuss and debate host of issues relevant for Ecosystems Based Adaptation approach for Sustainable Management and Governance of Coastal Ecosystems. Contents including: biodiversity and ecosystem profiling of coastal ecosystems and mangroves; impact of changing climate coastal ecosystems; impacts of climate change and sea level rise on hydrological dynamics in land and aquatic ecosystems, natural disasters and mangroves; disaster risk reduction based on ecosystems, strategic risk assessment and vulnerable adaptation, nature based soloution of coastal zone management, overview and analysis of vulnerabilities and policy barriers to sustainable management; the importance of policy reform as well as the formulation of a specific action to improve research, training and management of ecosystems area.
The aim of the program is to strengthen capacity of professionals, academics, managers and institutions while assessing needs and gaps analysis in capacity needs for ecosystem based adaptation approach for sustaianble costal zone management in the region. On the long term, the aim is to create a discussion forum or a platform to facilitate open dialogue platform for experts, specialists and policy officials in addressing common inquiries on climate change impacts and ecosystems based approach aligning with coastal development planning and management including emphasis on traditional practices and new methodologies for sustainable management of the coastal ecosystems, promote and encourage exchanges of knowledge between different stakeholders in the region.
The twin-framework approach adopted in the ENGAGE program consists of 3-day training course and one day of multi-stakeholders dialogue workshop (Round table Workshop). The training course will focus on theoretical understanding and practical approaches to address and understand characteristics, ecology and functions of coastal ecosystems and ecosystem based adaptation as a management tool. Training will comprise a mix of lectures, seminars and field visits in the Mekong Delta. The stakeholder workshop aims to bring together regional experts and key stakeholders to initiate a dialogue on barriers and opportunities for regional cooperation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Ecosystem based Management, Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Zones, Risk Assessment, Vulnerability Mapping, Disaster Risk Reduction. The dialogue will lead to setting priorities to address challenges of ecological conservation and sustainable management of coastal systems with specific focus on mangrove ecosystems.
The training cum workshop with participation of more than 30 experts, reseachers, lecturers, officers and local government officials from Canada, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, U.S and Vietnam. They are now working in the fields of Natural Resources and Environmental Technology, Marine and Coastal Resources, Marine Spatial Management, Marinelife Conservation & Community Development, Advanced Research on Global Change, Sustainable Development, Urban Environmental Management, Water & Environment, Aquaculture, Agriculture and Fishery ……
|Dr. Ngo Tho Hung - Project leader - ENGAGE Program||Field trip at Mekong Delta|
|Overall picture of the training session||The round table workshop|
|In a group presentation||Participants of the ENGAGE Program|
“This is a useful program for young researchers, the project staffs working in the field of development. This is also the meeting place of the international experts in the field of climate change & coastal ecosystems in South East Asian region, the dialogue on the barriers and opportunities for regional cooperation on integrated management of the coastal ecosystem based adaptation to climate change in coastal areas ...” (Dr. Ngo Tho Hung - Head of Environment & Development, AIT in Vietnam)
“The ENGAGE porgram is providing a platform for participants to network and exchange experiences on best management practices for sustainble coastal zone management. UNU-INWEH strongly believes that data, information and knowledge sharing and alligning with regional patners is vital to implementation of the sustaianble development goals (SDG’s) aiming to enhance the sustainbility of coastal ecosystems (SDG 14) and also SDG 17 outlining a patnership based model to enactment of the SDG agenda”. (Dr. Nidhi Nagabhatla, UNU-INWEH, Canada)
“As a young researcher based in the Mekong Delta Viet Nam, a region where climate change adaptation is a burning issue, I find the ENGAGE training workshop very useful for my research. The training is really a fantastic opportunity for me to learn from senior researchers and scientists from the U.S, Canada and regional countries. This is also a great chance for me to establish networks with peers from SEAR countries such as the Philippines, Myamar, Thailan, Indonesia, etc. which would facilitate future research collaboration between us.” (Mr. Pham Vu Bang – Reseacher at School of Economics and Law, Tra Vinh University, Vietnam)
The collaborators of the ENGAGE program- APN project include:
AIT in Vietnam (Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam)
AIT Vietnam (AIT-VN) was established in 1993 and was the first international education institution in Vietnam and the first center of AIT out of its headquarter in Thailand, educated more than 3.000 master and PhD students and about 20.000 learners in short term in Vietnam. Many of them play an important role in both government and private sectors.
AIT in Vietnam has three main offices, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Can Tho, and several program offices (in Dong Nai, Vung Tau, Tra Vinh, and Da Nang). Our activities cover all 61 cities and provinces in Vietnam. Our training-cum-study tours are organized in many different countries and regions, worldwide.
AIT-VN has well-established experts in their respective fields, with a wealth of teaching/learning experience in an international environment and wide network of partners in and outside Vietnam, including governmental organizations, NGOs, embassies, and enterprises in both private and public sectors to ensure the relevance and responsiveness of all its programs (short term and long term).
Providing research findings from Marine Biology & Oceanography
APEC Climate Center (APCC), Korea http://www.apcc21.net/
Providing data and information about climate change parameters
For further information, please contact:
Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam (AIT-VN)
Building B3, University of Transport and Communications
Lang Thuong Ward, Dong Da Dist., Hanoi, VIET NAM
Ms. Ly Mai Huong (Project Assistant)
Tel.: 04 3766 9493/ Ext. 132; Fax: 04 3766 9492
Cell: 098 246 3311