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ZEF / MDI study on local water management commences final phase of field work

Following the launch of the joined research initiative of ZEF and MDI in March 2009, a series of interviews and PRAs (participatory rural appraisal) have been conducted with local authorities at both, the district and the commune level in order to assess the variety of local water management organizations in Can Tho City. Later on, representatives of a few selected organizations have been interviewed and the understanding of the existing institutional setting could be deepened.

ZEF and MDI jointly organized the third knowledge management training course in Can Tho City

The third Knowledge Management training course of the WISDOM project took place from November 16th-18th, 2009 at Can Tho University (CTU). 18 participants from both, WISDOM partner organizations and other institutes attended the training course, which was based on previous capacity building activities of the project.

WISDOM Project Coordination presents project results in HCMC to BMBF delegations

Between October 5th and 17th WISDOM project coordination joined a BMBF delegation visiting Vietnam and evaluating the ongoing project between Germany and Vietnam in the field of Intergrated water Resources management and associated projects. Ministerial directors Dr. Stiehnen (Section head Asia-Pacific) and Mr. Zickler (Section head Sustainability) got an insight into pressing environmental challenges in Vietnam, the project structures, partner institutions and the scientific and ministerial landscape.

WISDOM project Coordination participates in WTZ meeting between MOST and BMBF

On October 9th WISDOm project coordination participated in the WTZ talks (economic and technological cooperation) between the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project had the chance to present itself for ten minutes.

Delegation from National University of Singapore visits research sites of UNU-EHS vulnerability assessment in Can Tho

On 29th and 30th October 2009, a delegation from the National University of Singapore, School of Design and Environment, Dept. of Architecture, visited the research sites of the vulnerability assessment to water-related hazards in Can Tho City. Questions of adaptation options to water-related hazards were discussed and fields for joint efforts explored.

UNU-EHS Training for Interviewers in Household Survey in Can Tho City

On 21st and 22nd October 2009 UNU-EHS held a training course on interview techniques and the conduction of questionnaire-based surveys. The course aimed in particular at training the interviewers participating in the upcoming household survey in Can Tho in the framework of the vulnerability assessment within WISDOM. This survey will focus on vulnerabilities, coping and adaptive capacity with respect to present and future water-related hazards in the urban and peri-urban districts Ninh Kieu, Cai Rang and Binh Thuy.

UNU-EHS / MDI Expert Meeting on Vulnerability, Climate Change Risk and Adaptation in Can Tho City and Tra Vinh Province

From 05-07 October 2007 the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Mekong Delta Development Research Institute (MDI), Can Tho University, organised and hosted an “Expert Meeting on Vulnerability, Climate Change Risk and Adaptation” in Can Tho. The objective of the meeting was to jointly discuss questions regarding the identification and assessment of vulnerabilities to water-related hazards and climate change risks as well as to discuss and evaluate different options to promote adaptation measures in Can Tho City (urban and peri-urban profile) and Tra Vinh (coastal, rural profile).

DLR and University of Würzburg participate in MONRE workshop in Hanoi

From 21st to 22nd of September 2009 the Department of Waterresources Management of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) organized a workshop on Information Systems in Hanoi. DLR was invited to present the WISDOM Information System to an interested user community from several departments and institutes under MONRE.

DLR / University of Würzburg Training at the center for Water Resources Investigation in Hanoi

DLR and University of Würzburg jointly conducted a training in Hanoi from the 23rd to the 25th of September. The program comprised general topics on OGC and ISO standards as well as specials on the WISDOM information system. In the three days the participants could test all they learned right away in some exercises in the WISDOM context.

Group of German Students Visits Case Study Sites of UNU-EHS Vulnerability Assessment in Can Tho

On 16th of September a group of architecture students of the Urban Development Studies Programme, Department of Planning and Building Overseas, Technical University of Darmstadt visited the Vulnerability Assessment component of WISDOM in Can Tho City. Within the framework of a studio in Vietnam, the students were introduced to the case study areas of the Vulnerability Assessment in Cai Rang and Ninh Kieu Districts.

ZEF / WISDOM Master Class

From September 14th – 15th, 2009 the Center for Development Research (ZEF), organised a two days master class at its premises in Bonn. The main objective of the Master Class was to extensively discuss ZEF’s research results and promote junior researchers in their data analysis and writing process.

Workshop on pesticides and endocrine disruptors, 29-30 July 2009 at Can Tho University

UNU-EHS and INRES jointly organized a two-day workshop on the monitoring of pesticides and endocrine disruptors on 29-30 July, 2009 in Can Tho, Vietnam. On the first day, four PhD students working in the Work Packages 4330 and 4340 presented their research results to invited scientists from Can Tho University and Hanoi University of Science.

WISDOM Phase B Planning Meeting

On 21st of July 2009 all the Vietnamese and German partners came together at SIWRR in HCMC to discuss topics and issues for the next WISDOM phase. All partners presented their works and achievements of Phase A and gave an outlook on what comes next in continuation of WISDOM. Many ideas had been exchanged and many suggestions stated in fruitful discussions. All in all WISDOM proceeds further to gain shape as an Information System integrating heterogenous data from all the different fields of hydrology, sociology and earth observation. During the planning meeting the idea of networking and sharing ideas was once again strengthened in order to support WISDOM in a joint effort.

DLR published WISDOM Prototype

The first prototype of the WISDOM Information System has been published to the Internet. The so called "Prototype-DE" is designed to be the exchange platform of all spatial data, research findings, etc. of the WISDOM project. It stores more than 400 spatial datasets, 500.000 hydrological sensor measurements, around 400 statistical measures for administrative units, and around 250 governmental-, research- and private organisations working in the water sector in the Mekong Delta. The "Prototype-DE" provides functionality for automatically generating value added information as e.g. maps or statistical reports.

UNU-EHS PhD student received a conference attendance award

Pham Van Toan, a PhD student from UNU-EHS working on pesticide monitoring in the WISDOM project was among six presenters who received an award to attend the “18th Symposium on Environmental Chemistry” from 9th to 11th June 2009, in Tsukuba, Japan. The award covering air tickets, registration fee, and accommodation enabled Mr Toan to participate and deliver a talk about his research on “Monitoring residue concentrations of recently used pesticides in surface water at two representative study sites of the Lower Mekong Delta Viet Nam”. The extended abstract is published in the conference proceedings.

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