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Newton Fund supports four projects on flooding and drought in Vietnam
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Newton Fund supports four projects on flooding and drought in Vietnam

The Saigon Times Daily

Heavy rain submerges Nguyen Xi Street in Binh Thanh District of HCMC - PHOTO: LE ANH

HCMC - With support from the Newton Fund, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), and the Vietnam National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) will sponsor four joint projects that study the impacts of flooding and drought in Vietnam.

These projects are scheduled to kick off this year and will be carried out in 30 to 36 months, according to the British Embassy in Hanoi.

The projects include “Valuing the benefits of blue/green infrastructure for flood resilience, natural capital and urban development in Vietnam” led by Dr Tobias Borger from University of St Andrews and Dr Tran Van Giai Phong from Hue University, “Comp-Flood: Compound flooding in coastal Vietnam” by Dr Ivan Haigh from University of Southampton and Dr Nguyen Nghia Hung from the Southern Institute of Water Resource, “Slow Onset Hazard Interactions with Enhanced Drought and Flood Extremes in an At-Risk Mega-Delta” by Professor Stephen Darby from University of Southampton and Dr Nguyen Ngoc Huy from the National Center for Water Resources Planning and Investigation, and “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding Past, Present and Future Flood Risk in Vietnam” by Dr Jeffrey Neal from University of Bristol and Dr Pham Khanh Nam from University of Economics HCMC.

This bilateral program between Vietnam and the UK is a component of the joint program among NERC, ESRC and five partner countries in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. A total of 18 projects will be supported with an aim to improve understanding of the impacts of hydrometeorological hazards in the region.

According to the Newton Fund, hydrometeorological hazards are posing a direct threat to lives of people in Vietnam, from death and injury to damaged or destroyed homes, businesses, transport links, power supplies and agricultural land.

Climate change and population growth are increasing the number of people at risk, and changes in land-use and the expansion of urban areas has led to a shift in how floods and droughts impact communities.

“To increase resilience in countries prone to hydrometeorological hazards, we need to gain a better understanding of the likely environmental and social impacts. This program of research will deliver this understanding enabling the development and implementation of effective adaptation and mitigation measures. For example, helping local communities to design effective flood defenses or restore natural defenses, such as mangroves,” said Ned Garnett, associate director of research at NERC.

The Newton Fund, managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth.

It has a total UK Government investment of 735 million pounds until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.

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