Bach Tan Sinh & Quynh Anh Nguyen, National Institute for Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam

Presentation Title: Multi-level governance in building urban climate change resilience in Vietnam: Experience from the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network of Vietnam




Three cities in Vietnam are used as case studies to examine (from a governance perspective) the dynamic and innovative process of engaging stakeholders at various levels in building the city’s urban climate change resilience capacity. For the first time, a community of practitioners has shared their vision, ideas and new approaches on how to address future climate change impacts in cities, which are growing rapidly. A number of informal networks and relationships have been built through innovative ways of engaging various stakeholders, such as the shared learning dialogue (SLD) – a new approach to planning that better facilitates the participation of concerned stakeholders.


Key Lessons Learned

  • Building partnerships and trust takes time and effort; it is the most important challenge of the planning process.  Once trust is established, one can create an enabling environment that ensures that all other measures can be implemented. 
  • The person who leads the project should have the capacity to bring different stakeholders to the table.
  • The framing of a message is important; it needs to be action-oriented and framed around issues that the local community is already experiencing.
  • Providing a learning platform and being able to share experiences among practitioners and planners can enhance the social learning among partners.
  • Social scientists have a role in helping to communicate the impacts of climate change with local stakeholders.


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