Downpour caused flooded streets in Nghe An central province (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - A workshop was held in Hanoi on March 29 to discuss urban resilience to extreme climate issues in Southeast Asia.

Doan Thi Tuyet Nga, Director of the Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation under the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA), said the goal of the workshop was to help participants understand the needs and issues of disaster prevention in Southeast Asia’s urban areas to propose plans in Vietnam.

At the workshop, jointly organised by the Asian Disaster Prevention Centre (ADPC) and the VDMA, participants discussed issues related to resilience for urban areas against extreme climate issues and proposed solutions to be implemented in Vietnam.

This was a unique initiative aiming to find useful solutions and solving problems arising from climate change adversely affecting urban areas. Attendees sought to connect and call for the participation of relevant agencies, local authorities and partners, according to Hans Guttman, Executive Director of ADPC.

Asian countries were at risk of natural disasters in urban areas that threaten economic growth and development in the region.

The level of disaster risk was increasing rapidly due to complex changes in climate and demographics, the impact of socio-economic development, as well as environmental degradation and urban expansion. This was reflected in the issues of poverty, inequality and social problems.

The workshop will enhance the ability to share information and coordinate with coastal provinces, including Nam Dinh city (northern Nam Dinh province) and My Tho city (the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang) - where ADPC chose to implement this programme.

An on-going five-year programme on recovery of urban areas against extreme climate issues in Southeast Asia was jointly implemented by the VDMA and ADPC, with support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. - VNA