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Integrative Urban and Environmental Planning Framework - Adaptation to Climate Change for Ho Chi Minh City

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Duration: 07/2008 - 06/2013
Project Area: Ho Chi Minh City
Project Website: www.megacity-hcmc.org
Coordination: Antje Katzschner (M. A.)
Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Department of Environmental Planning
Erich-Weinert-Str. 1
D-03046 Cottbus, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)355 69 2113

Project Description

The Megacity Research Project focuses on the mega-urban region of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) as one of Vietnams regions most affected by climate change. Here, risks and vulnerabilities are to be assessed and sustainable adaptation measures are to be developed and incorporated into urban decision-making and planning processes. The general aim of the project is to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of the urban system of HCMC.

Two major topics constitute the project structure: Action Field 1 focuses on environmental research; Action Field 2 is concerned with urban development. Thereby, the project follows an interdisciplinary approach, combining expertise in different fields related to the two overall topics. Inclusive and effective urban planning is essential for climate adapted and energy efficient urban development.

The Action Field 1 (Urban Environment) encompasses the Work Packages:

  • WP 1 Adaptation Planning Framework,
  • WP 2 Urban Flooding,
  • WP 3 Urban Climate,
  • WP 4 Urban Energy,
  • WP 5 Urban Transport.

The primary objective within Action Field 2 is to mainstream sustainable urban development strategies under the conditions of climate change into the urban system of HCMC. Based on the knowledge gained from the research in Action Field 1, small-scale projects will be conducted with the Vietnamese partners to promote best-practices for further appropriate responses. On the practical level, the instruments of zoning and building codes will be examined and recommendations made for their improvement with regard to sustainable urban development, energy-efficiency and resiliency to adverse climate changes.

The Action Field 2 - Urban Development includes the following four Work Packages:

  • WP 6 Precaution and Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change Impacts on the Regional and City Level,
  • WP 7 Integrative Planning Approach for New Energy- and Climate-Efficient Neighborhoods,
  • WP 8 Livable City - Urban Regeneration and Community-Based Adaptation
  • WP 9 Energy- and Climate-Efficient Housing Typologies.

German partners:

  • AG Goedecke & Welsch, Berlin,
  • Technical University of Dortmund (TUD),
  • University of Kassel, Department of Environmental Meteorology,
  • Vienna University of Technology, Research Center of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering,
  • GRI - Company for Traffic Engineering, Regionalization and Infrastructure Planning, Berlin,
  • University of Hamburg, Department of Economic Geography,
  • University of Technology Darmstadt, Division of Planning and Building Overseas (PAR),
  • University of Technology Braunschweig, Division of Planning and Building Overseas (PAR),
  • energydesign Co. Ltd, Shanghai

Vietnamese partners:

  • Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Representative Office in HCMC,
  • Ministry of Construction (MoC), Hanoi, Vietnam,
  • Urban Development Agency (VUDA),
  • HCMC Institute for Development Studies (HIDS),
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Hanoi, Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IMHE),
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Hanoi, Sub-Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environment (SIHYMETE),
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE), HCMC,
  • Department of Planning and Architecture (DPA), HCMC,
  • Department of Construction (DOC), HCMC,
  • The Steering Centre of the Urban Flood Control Program Ho Chi Minh City (SCFC HCM) authorised by the city's People's Committee,
  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Urban Planning and Architecture (HCMUARC),
  • Vietnam National University (VNU) – University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of Geography,
  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HUT),
  • Energy Conservation Research and Development Center (ENERTEAM), HCMC,
  • Environment and Development in Action Vietnam (enda), HCMC

Photo: Centre of HCMC, Source: M. Waibel

Photo: Roundtable on building climate change adaptive capacity in urban planning, Source: Antje Katzschner

Photo: Assessment workshop, Source: Ulrike Schinke

Picture: Handbook 'How to Respond to Climate Change Impacts in Urban Areas', Source: urban.network HCMC

Picture: Handbook 'How to Respond to Climate Change Impacts in Urban Areas', Source: urban.network HCMC

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