The ENGAGE Programe was implemented in Vietnam in Can Tho City and funded by the Asia Pacific Network.

AIT Vietnam is one of the project’s participants, together with five other partners: UNU-INWEH (Canada), CTU/CENRes (Vietnam), CASMB (India), APCC (South Korea), International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

Project’s Overall Objective

To strengthen the regional level capacity development (stakeholders from the SEAR) in addressing the science-policy interface and sustainable development (SDG agenda) implementation through adoption of ecosystem-based adaptation framework, particularly for coastal and mangrove resource management.

Project’s Specific Objective

  • Overview of the current status of coastal management in the SEAR region and identifying best practices of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) at local, national and regional levels
  • Strengthen the capacity of selected participants (young professionals, academics, government officials, resource managers) on EbA and integrated coastal zone management (ICZM)
  • Provide a platform for identifying opportunities to integrate climate change preparedness into existing coastal management system approaches and strategies
  • Disseminate the project results in wider regional scale communication platforms (groups on the ground and web-based) through technical support of UNU-INWEH and AITVN

Project Budget

Total funding of the project is $55,000 , of which $35,000  is funded by the Asia Pacific Network, and in kind contribution from the project’s partners.

Project Target Groups and Beneficiaries

To strengthen capacity of professionals, academics, managers and institutions while assessing needs and gaps analysis in capacity needs for ecosystem based adaptation approach for sustainable 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 training cum workshop  with participation of more than 30 experts, researchers, 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 ……