On 30 May and 31 May, 2017, University of Sciences, Hue University in the coordination with the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES) organized the kick-off workshop “Suitable solid waste management to reduce the risk of frequent floods through the rehabilitation of drainage system in Asian cities”, sponsored by Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). Hue City and Bangkok City (Thailand) were selected as case studies from August 2016 to 2018.
Attending the kick-off workshop, there were Dr. Tomonori Ishigaki - project chair and researchers of NIES as project members; on University of Sciences’ side, there were Assoc. Prof. Vo Thanh Tung - Vice Rector, Dr. Nguyen Truong Tho – Head of Office for Science – Technology & International Relations; on the side of research team in Hue, there were Assoc. Prof. Pham Khac Lieu – Deputy Director of the Department of Science, Technology and Environment, Hue University and researchers of the Faculty of Environmental Science, University of Sciences. In addition, there were also the participation of representatives of Thua Thien Hue Department of Environmental Protection, Hue City Office of Urban Management and Hue Urban Environment and Public Works State Company.
The purposes of the workshop were to report the results of the completed project “Adaptation of Solid Waste Management to Frequent Floods in Vulnerable Mid-Scale Asian Cities”, of which Hue City was a case study; to introduce the project “Suitable solid waste management to reduce the risk of frequent floods through the rehabilitation of drainage system in Asian cities” to the stakeholders in Thua Thien Hue; and to discuss the collaborative plans between NIES and University of Sciences for implementing the new project in Hue.
The main objective of the workshop was to propose the solutions as well as the strategies to eliminate and prevent solid wastes from hindering water drainage. Specific objectives are (i) to clarify the components, original reasons and affects of solid wastes on the capacity of urban water drainage; (ii) to specify the behavior of throwing solid wastes of citizens and their psychological elements, and (iii) to draw up and popularize the strategies/tools to enhance the awareness on suitable solid waste management and to eliminate the water drainage from throwing wastes. Knowledge and experiences obtained from two projects in Bangkok and Hue will be shared with other member cities of APN through the activities of capacity enhancement.
After the workshop, on 31 May 2017, the research team of NIES and Hue University did the field trip at the sites where floods often occur in Hue city. The project activites are going to be implemented in Hue by September 2017.
Assoc. Prof. Vo Thanh Tung - Vice Rector of University of Sciences made a speech
Research team of NIES and University of Sciences did a field trip