100RC in Da Nang: Gradually developing Resilience Strategy of the city
20/06/2016 15:24:55

Under the framework of the program “100 Resilient Cities” (100RC), Climate Change Coordination Office (CCCO) organized the second consultation meeting in order to complete Da Nang’s Resilience Strategy, expected to release in the late July 2016.

 

 

 

The meeting on progress

 

At the meeting, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Kim Ha, Vice Director of CCCO presented the summary of the draft Resilience Strategy, including: 1) Analysis of Da Nang’s context through Resilience Framework, 2) Main challenges regarding resilience of the city, 3) Identifying visions and strategic objectives, 4) Developing detailed objectives and actions/initiatives for Da Nang’s resilience building.

 

Through her presentation, regarding the concept of resilience it was emphasized once again that “shocks” and “stresses” do not relate to only climate change issues. Generally, a “shock” and a “stress” is a chronic (ongoing) or acute natural or man-made event or phenomenon threatening major loss of life, damage to assets and a city’s ability to function and provide basic services, particularly for poor or vulnerable populations.

 

 

After the first consultation meeting, Da Nang Resilience Strategy has been edited and adapted to better fit the context of the city and the project’s resources, as well as well serving the role of a guidance proposing solutions and initiatives that can be conducted to build a Da Nang resilient to shocks and stresses. Specifically, the visions of the Strategy have been developed more clearly, integrated into sustainable development goals and socio-economic development orientation of the city; meanwhile, the roles of potential stakeholders have also been identified.  

 

CCCO also organized consultation meetings with local experts about 04 focus areas earlier on two days of June 15 and 16. Through discussion, 04 focus areas were considered 04 main pillars of Resilience Strategy, mentioning specific objectives including:

FA1: To enhance housing quality of community

FA2: To diversify livelihoods and job opportunities for community

FA3: To develop urban resilience of southern part of the city, reducing damages of flooding, heading to urban sustainable development 

FA4: To upgrade the efficiency of information system of disaster management

 

This June 17 consultation meeting was aimed at complementing the Resilience Strategy so that it can summarizes current situations of the city, identifying holes and shortcomings of the city during development process, as well as becoming a guidance for municipal development and agencies to review and decide priority actions in short term, medium term and long term. The Resilience Strategy will not overlap other existing strategies of the city because it focuses on pushing socio-economic development of the society with better resilience against shocks and stresses.  

 

Mr. Bui Van Tieng, President of Da Nang History Science Association, highly evaluated the effort of the strategy team in acquiring recommendations of experts from the previous consultation meeting in order to improve the contents of the Resilience Strategy. However, he assumed that the Resilience Strategy still needs enhancing to be more suitable. Regarding resource seeking to implement the Resilience Strategy, he suggested the Resilience Strategy should focus on attracting attention and investments of domestic organizations instead of international ones only. 

 

Mr. Huynh Phuoc, representative of Union of Science and Technology Associations, said actions and initiatives suggested are suitable but there is no consistency between strategic objectives and actions/ initiatives. To make the Resilience Strategy better, he suggested it should mention more about the issues of improving and upgrading technical infrastructure, building a mechanism for sustainable development of the society, elevating private economic, creating more job opportunities, developing policies that match needs of people from all walks of life, reducing the wealth gap, especially it should propose initiatives and policies that can take advantage of strategic findings of external organizations to support the city’s growth.

 
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