Viet Nam’s Consultative Workshop on Developing a National ESC Policy Framework
In August 2011, with support from the ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme, the Institute for Science and Management (ISEM) commenced a preliminary study to develop an appropriate policy framework for sustainable urban development for Viet Nam.
Under this initiative, a consultative workshop of about 40 participants, entitled ‘Developing the Environmentally Sustainable Cities of Vietnam: Theory and Practice’ was organised by ISEM on 8 December 2011 in Hanoi. The objective of the workshop was to discuss the results of ISEM’s study, including a preliminary set of proposed ESC criteria.
The workshop was opened with remarks by Dr. Nguyen The Dong (Director of Vietnam Environment Administration), followed by Dr. Do Nam Thang (Deputy Director of ISEM) who briefed participants on the background of the study. Next, IGES gave an overview of the ESC indicators in other ASEAN countries and shared the experience and issues faced.
Prof. Dr. Pham Ngoc Dang from the Association of Construction Environment, representing the ISEM study team, unveiled findings from analysing ESC frameworks in other countries and international bodies such as the EU, ASEAN as well as those arising from UN initiatives. The study proposed that Vietnam’s ESC criteria be based on the UN Urban Environment Accords 2005, while incorporating three indicators on urban infrastructure which is a priority area for Viet Nam.
Participants then discussed the criteria’s classification system and its practicality. The importance of different approaches for old and new cities and integrating climate change-related indicators was also raised.
Apart from commenting on the proposed indicators, Da Nang City presented its progress on establishing pilot ‘Environmentally-Friendly’ Model Residential Areas in the Chinh Gian and Hoa An ward. Meanwhile, Cao Lanh Town presented its ongoing environmental protection activities and some ideas for ESC indicators suitable for Viet Nam.
Based on the inputs collected at this workshop, the proposed criteria will be revised by March 2012 and may be forwarded to a more rigorous process to consider its adoption at the national policy level.