Da Nang is finalizing the city's strategy of resilience
22/11/2016 11:23:03

In the framework of the program “ 100 resilient cities – 100RC”, on September 8 2016, the Climate Change Coordination office cooperated with its strategic partner of consultancy ISET holding a final consultant workshop for the strategies of resilience of Da Nang city. The workshop was presided by Mr. Ho Ky Minh – Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Da Nang city, Director of the Climate Change Steering Board. There was also a participation of almost 40 guests from many departments and sectors, associations, experts and technical groups who are members of the consultant board of the 100RC program to join in documenting the strategy plan.

After a few sessions of consultancy and edition, the initial plan of resilience strategies of Da Nang city has been completed and will be the foundation for the city to implement steps to increasing the city ability of resilience. The participants highly acknowledged the quality of the plan for its detailed compilation, contemporary approaches and richness in scientific information.

 

 


Mr. Ho Ky Minh, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Da Nang city is speaking at the workshop.
 

The plan outlined the drawbacks of Da Nang city at present. During the development process, the act of prioritizing urbanization reduced the areas of tree coverage, and water surfaces increased the risks of flood in the city center. Unsuitable planning caused more pressure to green and public areas of the immensely populated residency. The city economy has shown some growth but its ability of resilience and integration is not good enough. The young labor forces are well educated and equipped with technical expertise but not trained for the city development direction. Many people are still struggling with finding jobs, living expenses, mental life and healthcare for their children. In addition, for the resettlers and people living on the function-converted land, there are still many challenges for them when they get old, largely because of time restriction and regulations, especially for the men.

 

Based on the previous points, 35 acts and ideas were filed out to increase the resilience capacity of the city, which were categorized into 4 aspects: increasing the capacity of resilience for houses in many communities, creating a diverse environment for jobs and livelihood; local entrepreneurs are supported to prepare for integration; lives in the areas vulnerable to storms will be upgraded, increasing the capacity of resilience of the urban area via modifying the planning and green facility plan, consolidating the information system and other channels to punctually deal with any shocks or stresses.

 

There was a high unanimity and validation among the guests for the ideas such as insurance for houses under storm circumstances or rebuilding, retaining and protecting the flood drainage system and other natural water reservoirs to reduce the likelihood of floods… However, there were some points needing to be added. Mr. Nguyen Dang Huy – Vice Director of Department of Transport, proposed that there should be more public transport facilities to serve for bigger demands in the future. Mr. Bui Van Tieng – member of the Science and History association, suggested that the compiling board pay attention to the cyber security and information and data storage security in such a globalized and digitalized society. Moreover, Mr. Tran Cong Nguyen – from the department of Labour, War invalids and Social Affairs remarked that in order for the city to proactively develop, entrepreneurs should be supported and given more opportunities. If these entrepreneurs can develop well with a high capacity of resilience, the city economy will sustainably develop which results in an improvement of societal security. Nevertheless, the draft plan did not suggest solutions that could help entrepreneurs to develop sustainably and proactively. Another sector that needs attention is resilience in healthcare, according to Mr. Phan Tan Hai – Vice Director of Department of Health. In a situation where there are stresses and shocks, the healthcare units must be ensured with safety condition, and able to meet the increasing demands of the citizens. Mr. Hai recommended that more methods and ideas be added to increase the resilience capacity and continuation to work for the healthcare units.


Concluding the workshop, Mr. Ho Ky Minh stated that there should be a document filed to collect comments and feedback from the consultant board to complete the strategy plan. The resilience strategy plan holds a vital position in helping the poor and the people subjected to the natural disasters in the vulnerable areas improve their living condition; simultaneously it acts as an important foundation to strengthen the capacity of resilience and the sustainability of the city. By combining different activities by different departments, Da Nang will actualize the strategies of resilience, making itself a city where people will live in peace with a proactive economy, modern and convertible facility and an eligible channel of communication to deal with shocks and stresses. 

 
 
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