In a new innovation for CWS in Asia, Vietnam’s team recently hosted our CWS Japan Country Rep and experts from the Japan Conservation Engineers, Co. Ltd. for a field survey that is part of a needs assessment for a disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiative, which all parties are eager to engage in. The mid-May field survey mobilized Vietnam government colleagues in Tuyen Quang Province in the region, who welcomed the CWS-JCE team for an initial overview meeting and then joined representatives of the People’s Committee and the Division of Agriculture and Rural Development in Chiem Hoa District to visit areas perennially affected by floods and landslides, in particular.
The field trip also included consultations with local hydro-logic specialists and metro-logical station staff as well as discussions with villagers in the affected communities – the latter being one of the CWS Vietnam team’s distinctively important contributions to ensuring people’s rights to information and participation. Following the assessment field trip, the CWS team met with people at the World Bank, the Japanese Embassy in Hanoi and at JICA about funding possibilities.
Our CWS Japan team is now working to finalize a concept note to share with priority donor prospects. Since support for disaster risk reduction and mitigation and/or disaster response are priorities for CWS in all of Asia, the Vietnam team is hopeful that the planned initiative will come to fruition for the good of the communities and local government duty bearers with whom we partner in rural Vietnam.
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