Select Projects: Climate Change


Client: Belgian Technical Cooperation/ MPI-Technical Support Unit | Duration: June 2017 – December 2018 | Location: Ha Tinh, Ninh Thuan, and Binh Thuan

About: The project integrates climate change analysis and hydrological studies in the context of increasing urban development in the project provinces of HaTinh, Ninh Thuan, and Binh Thuan. Results from these studies are used to support the regional spatial plan of the river basin and the Master Plans (MP) of the urban areas of the selected provinces. 

Following a strategic spatial planning approach and sustainable urban development principles, the focus was given on the areas around water bodies, the river mouth, and the coastal edge, with the purpose of transforming the urban areas as part of a larger Eco-city, following the principles of the World Bank concept. The use of GIS-based tools is applied to integrate the data from the studies to support the analysis and formulation of the SSP approach.

Specific tasks included:

  • Review of available information from selected project cities: Ha Tinh, Ninh Thuan, and Binh Thuan

  • Urban reconnaissance and field reviews to assess the current state of urbanization, proposed expansion limits, and assess environmental and social conditions

  • Communicate the “Green City” based urban development approach using “green infrastructure” for water resource management. 

  • Integrate downscaled climate change models and hydrological studies through GIS into a spatial planning process

  • Develop a GIS-based analysis of the urban development plans and identify opportunities for climate resilience

  • Prepared a cartographic modeling-based approach to support the Climate Resilient Urban Planning


Client: ADB and Ministry of Construction under Urban Development Agency | Duration: December 2016 – November 2018 | Location: Hanoi | Associated Consultants: Eptisa Servicios de Ingeniería, S.L. (EPTISA, Spain) Consultancy and Human Resources Development Co. Ltd (CHR, Vietnam) Eptisa Philippines Inc

About: The overall objective of the capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) with the Ministry of Construction (MOC), Urban Development Agency (UDA): 

  • Formulate and finalize a detailed NUDS ensuring its acceptance and implementation, mainstreaming climate change resilience into the NUDS.

  • Develop capacity at the national and local government levels on urban climate change resilience

  • Improve coordination within MoC and within the line ministries, agencies, institutes, and the local governments involved in urban development and climate change and;

  • Develop an investment framework and a pipeline of investment projects in sustainable and resilient urban development and a delivery mechanism for program lending.

The project work has been organized into 4 distinct activities. Details on the team assignment, workshops/ consultative working sessions, and deliverables associated with each task have been identified to enable clear project delivery. Our Scope of work under the assignment includes; 

  • Preparing the project kick-off workshop.

  • Preparing work plan schedule, timeline, and delivery milestones and finalizing the inception report.

  • Preparing Urbanization Assessment report that includes detail urban development and planning analysis for over 15 years for Vietnam and major urban centers and provinces.

  • Provide overview and support in preparing the Gap analysis.

  • Support and oversee the preparation of housing component for the pilot of storm-resistant housing  

  • Prepare pilot project field visits at three provinces and six cities.

  • The project was implemented through the combined input of individual consultants and support staff. 

National Target Program for Climate Change: Transport & Energy

Client: ADB | Duration: January 2012 – December 2014 | Location: Hanoi | Associated Consultants: NIRAS and ICEM

About: The project addresses the National Target Program to Respond to Climate Change (NTPRCC), adopted in December 2008, which identifies climate change trends in Viet Nam, broad regional and sectoral vulnerabilities, and sets out legislative, planning, and investment priorities in response to climate change. The NTPRCC lays out nine targets for 2009-2015 and constitutes a first important step in directing ministries and provinces to formulate specific sectoral and regional plans of action based on more detailed impact assessments. Although this assignment is focused on the anthropogenic impacts of urbanization, it is structured to examine the strategy in the context of activities of MoT and MoIT, focusing predominantly on adaptation to climate change, with some attention to mitigation issues


Tasks included:

  • Reviewed reports on national urban development, climate change impacts, alternative modeling scenarios, and response strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

  • Worked with team members to understand the relationship between anthropogenic actions (especially urban growth) and climate change, addressing adaptation measures to respond to increasing climate change impacts. Broadly also examined mitigation mechanisms in urban development to reduce the impact of anthropogenic activity on climate change.

  • Developed geospatial analysis and thematic interpretations of climate change on urban development, through a focus on transport and energy infrastructure in response to selected climate change modeling scenarios.

  • Coordinated and developed a geospatial database at the national level through a participatory process of engaging multiple agencies and institutes: MoNRE (IMHEN), MoT (TDSI), and MoIT (IEE). 

  • Identified climate change impact hot-spots based on analysis for 2030/ 2050/ 2100 scenarios, using modeling scenarios accepted by National Government.

Managing Natural Hazards Project -VN-HAZ (WB5): Technical Advisor and, River Basin Level Disaster Risk Management Plan

Client: World Bank through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development | Duration: August 2013 – December 2015 | Location: Hanoi

About: The main objective of the project is to increase the resilience of people and economic assets to the threat of natural disasters in selected river basins of project provinces within the general framework of National Strategy for Prevention, Response and Mitigation of Natural Disaster to 2020. The main task is to support the CPMO for integrating Disaster Risk Management into River Basin Planning and for developing the Risk Assessments for the identified river basins. The Project consists of five components as follows: 

  1. Strengthening Capacity for Natural Disaster Risk Management Organizations (NDRMO), information system and planning; 

  2. Strengthening capacity for Weather Forecast and Early Warning System; 

  3. Community-based Disaster Risk Management (“CBDRM”);

  4. Prioritizing investment in natural disaster risk mitigation; 

  5. Project Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation

  6. Identifying structural and nonstructural measures for river flood management

  7. Identifying ecosystem-based measures for flood management

The project work has been organized into distinct activities. Details on the team assignment, workshops/ consultative working sessions, and deliverables associated with each task have been identified to enable clear project delivery. The Scope of work under the assignment includes; 

  • Assisting CPMO to develop, oversee, and implement project activities that will support the project objective

  • Integrating DRM into River Basin Planning by developing a TOR including the technical approach and methodology to guide the delivery of the River Basin Planning activity across the identified river basins.

  • Review the existing Integrated DRM Plans developed under the previous Bank-financed Natural Disaster Risk Management Project (WB4) and identify any gaps in them.

  • Prepare a comprehensive vision document for River Basin Planning and River Basin Level Risk Assessment

  • Develop the scope and technical methodology to frame a technical package for conducting an in-depth Risk Assessment (RA) separate from the river basin planning process.

  • Reviewing DRM plans for all the provinces, defining risk assessment, defining DRM measures to be considered, 

  • Preparing detailed scope of work for the project including establishing risk modeling principles and methodology, 

  • Outlining coordination activities required for the project with respective output from the main activities

  • Workshops and meetings with the line departments and agencies, stakeholder meetings with the provinces PPMUs.

  • The project was implemented through the combined input of individual consultants and support staff.