Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

“Workshop on Applied GEMMES Research Project in Ha Giang province”

23/05/2019

Within the framework of the Climate Change Research Program GEMMES Vietnam, the Institute of Research in Economics, Environment and Data Science (IREEDS), the Vietnam Institute of Economics (VIE) and French Agency for Development (AFD) jointly organized a workshop on “Applied GEMMES Research Project in Ha Giang province”, on the occasion of meeting with Ha Giang provincial leadership at the VIE.

  Dr. Le Xuan Sang, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Institute of Economics gave a speech at the workshop

The workshop aimed to introduce GEMMES Vietnam project (Project) to the leadership of Ha Giang province, as well as help it to have access opportunities to learn about the economic - cultural - social - natural characteristic of Ha Giang to select the most suitable locations for the research component "Adapto" (Climate Change Adaptation) of the Project.

The “General Monetary and Multisectoral Macrodynamics for the Ecological Shift” (GEMMES) project was initiated by AFD, which aims to facilitate the implementation of public policy dialogues relating to macroeconomic issues in association with climate change and energy conversion. In the world, AFD has coordinated with other governments, research organizations to successfully implement GEMMES: Brazil, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Colombia... In Asia, AFD has chosen Vietnam as the first destination for this program.

GEMMES Vietnam project is one of the main contents of the framework agreement signed between Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and AFD in March. The project consists of three main groups of activities: Scientific research; Regulatory agencies; Communication propagation.

In particular, the Scientific Research Group - the focus of GEMMES Vietnam would conduct independent research to provide forecasts of climate-induced damage; recommending policy consultations on adaptation options. At the same time, it contributed to strengthening the activities of the network of French and Vietnamese researchers and experts.

Attending the workshop was Dr. Le Xuan Sang, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Institute of Economics. On the AFD side, there was Dr. Nguyen Huong Hue - Project Officer; Dr. Emmanuel Pannier - anthropologist (IRD - French Research Institute for Development) - Head "Adapto" research component of the Project; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Bui Phuong Thao (IREEDS & Toulouse University 2). On the side of Ha Giang leadership, there was the participation of Ms. Ha Thi Minh Hanh, Vice Chairperson of Ha Giang province; Director of Department of Natural Resources and Environment; and representatives of Ha Giang Department of Foreign Affairs.

In the workshop, Dr. Nguyen Huong Hue introduced the aid activities for development and response to climate change of the French Development Agency in Vietnam in general, as well as research to build multi-sector economic models adapting to climate change under GEMMES Vietnam program in particular. Dr. Emmanuel Pannier and Assoc.Prof.Dr. Bui Phuong Thao introduced the multidimensional and qualitative approaches, the experiences of climate change adaptation directly related to people, businesses, social organizations and governments in localities where extreme climate change events and interactions from specific approach angles have been experienced.

Ms. Ha Thi Minh Hanh, Vice Chairperson of Ha Giang province speech at the workshop Dr. Nguyen Huong Hue - Project Officer GEMMES Vietnam speech at the workshop

Discussing featured issues of Ha Giang, Ms. Ha Thi Minh Hanh shared that Ha Giang is one of the provinces with the most special economic - cultural - social - nature conditions in the country. The province has a population of nearly 850 thousand people, with 87% of ethnic minorities. With the number of 19 ethnic groups across the province, Ha Giang is one of the most culturally diverse localities in the country. Ethnic minority groups live scattered throughout three geological partitions, including the Dong Van Plateau area which was recognized as the first Global Geopark in Viet Nam by UNESCO. These characteristics of cultural and natural conditions have helped Ha Giang develop regional economy more effectively in recent years when cultural and ecological tourism gradually replace inefficient agricultural activities in the Dong Van Plateau area. However, Ha Giang was severely affected by climate change with increasing frequency of many natural disasters such as droughts, prolonged heat, wildfires, dry season water depletion, floods, erosion, flooding, thunderstorm, hail, etc. With such characteristics, Ha Giang is a valuable research site for GEMMES Vietnam project.

Participants took a souvenir at the workshop
Consulting on distinctive issues, participants discussed in detail and feasible approaches to projects; accordingly, Dr. Le Xuan Sang summarized the workshop. He also emphasized additional research directions for the project, especially the influencing factors from China - a country that shares a long border with Ha Giang province, issues related to the level of awareness, religious characteristics of highlanders, and different regional climatic features for complementing the research directions of GEMMES project to be applied in Ha Giang province in the future.

Pham Vinh Ha

 (Source of Vietnam Institute of Economics)

 



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