EPTISA has started working on a GIZ financed project in Vietnam titled “Mekong Urban Flood Proofing and Drainage Programme (FPP)” that aims, though a multi-level approach (national, provincial and city level), to improve the capacity of public institutions and communities to adapt to more frequent and severe urban flooding in the wake of climate change, by implementing awareness and adaptation measures.
Under the FPP, this consulting contract supports three cities in the Mekong Delta (Ca Mau, Rach Gia and Long Xuyen) in developing flood risk sensitive urban planning, particularly land-use planning and drainage planning. Moreover, the project will develop flood risk models and update urban drainage master plans to follow climate change resiliency guidelines for the above mentioned cities in order to help public authorities to improve disaster risk management in urban areas.
In fact, flood risk models and flood risk model management systems are important tools to communicate flood risk to different target groups as they provide an evidence-based foundation for decision making purposes to public authorities for flood control and disaster mitigation operations, land-use planning and flood evacuation planning.
The project is organized in the following phases:
▲Inception phase, data collection and capacity assessment
▲Flood Model Design and development and Flood Risk Model Management System for Ca Mau, Rach Gia and Long Xuyen
▲Capacity Development and training Phase
▲Revision of Local Drainage Plans and Land Use Plans
The target group for the program is the Vietnamese population, particularly the most vulnerable groups including the poor, the elderly, women, and people with disabilities who settle in flood prone areas and whose livelihood depend on land affected by flooding.
EPTISA strives to support South East Asian countries to develop engineering solutions, sound systems, institutional strengthening activities and public awareness rising on disaster risk management so as to avoid economic, infrastructure and social loss produced by climate change impacts. We believe that capacity building on decision making procedures is essential for climate change adaptation and for increasing the existing infrastructure’s resilience.