UNU-IAS Project Releases Final Findings on Hanoi’s Water Environment



On 7 June, UNU-IAS and Viet Nam’s National University of Civil Engineering co-organized a workshop to disseminate the Water and Urban Initiative (WUI)’s findings in Hanoi. The workshop aimed to: i) share with stakeholders the final simulation results of the project’s Hanoi case study and ii) discuss how the city can better address future risks of flood and water quality deterioration, and ultimately contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions amongst a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the implementation of WUI’s findings in the wastewater and flood management in the city of Hanoi. The workshop brought together practitioners and experts including from the Ministry of Construction (MoC), Department of Science and Technology (DoST), and Viet Nam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA) as well as from various universities such as Hanoi Architectural University and Hanoi University of Water Resources.

Tran Thao Huong (Head of the Department of Sewerage at MoC) opened the workshop by stressing the significance of addressing urban water management in Hanoi. UNU-IAS researchers have indicated the level of improvement for water quality and flood risk to be expected by 2030 if the city implements their master plan. Moreover, their research findings also suggest priority areas and additional measures to mitigate the impact of flooding and water quality deterioration.

Tran Thanh Son (Dean of the Hanoi Architectural University) raised the issue of financial applicability of measures in the master plan. UNU-IAS Project Director Junko Nishikawa emphasized that WUI is currently developing a tool to calculate the future GHG emissions from the planned sewerage systems and estimate effects of reduction in GHG emissions by implementing low-carbon technologies. This tool could be used to apply for funding through the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) or Green Climate Fund (GCF). WUI also has demonstrated the willingness of Hanoi residents to contribute to the measures (e.g. wastewater treatment plant) to improve water quality.

In the context of climate change, Tran Duc Ha (Director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering) stressed the usefulness of the evidence-based data, particularly important as some aspects of the plans may require adjustments. Towards the end of 2017, all results of the case study and the related tools will be available online.