AWA hosts Ha Tinh delegation from Vietnam to Australia

Ha Tinh delegates inspecting MHL’s physical modelling capabilities in MHL’s 2D wave flumeThe World Bank ranks Vietnam as one of the top 5 countries in the world most at risk from climate change. Ha Tinh, one of the 3 most impacted provinces in Vietnam was chosen by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) to undertake further analysis to understand on-the-ground climate change impacts in the representative agro-ecological zones.

In response to a follow up analysis by IFAD of how the province is addressing climate change issues in their development planning, representatives of the People’s Committee and Government of Ha Tinh Province has made a trip to Australia for a study tour of sites relevant to water management and climate change response in Sydney and Melbourne from 1-11 April 2016. 

Located in the North Central Coast of Vietnam with approximately 1.3 million citizens, Ha Tinh has been known as a province witnessing the most significant indication of climate change. The effects of global warming have caused a decreasing trend in precipitation and the province is facing serious drought during hot season and severe flooding during wet season. In addition to that, high level of arsenic in groundwater has put pressure on looking for sustainable solutions to water resource management. 

In support of Ha Tinh’s ambition to tackle problems regarding climate change, in April 2016 the Australian Water Association hosted a delegation from Ha Tinh provincial People’s Committee to tour water management sites in Sydney and Melbourne and meet with water professions and water businesses.

The site tour included:

Day 1:
  • Manly Beach, for an overview of Manly Council’s Water Cycle Management Program and stormwater reuse scheme integrating flood management, hosted by Paul Smith from the Australian Water Association and Michael Bradbery from Manly Golf Club.
  • NSW Public Works Manly Hydraulics Laboratory (MHL) facilities, to see how NSW Government monitors and responds to flood management and learn about the NSW Coastal and Flood Data Collection Program, managed on behalf of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), hosted by Michael Galloway from MHL.

Day 2:

  • ANZ head office in Sydney, for a brief presentation and discussion on approaches to climate change for adaptation and mitigation. The speakers include:
    - Lisa McLean from Flow Systems, about green technology and urban water cycle management.
    - Lauren Dragicevich from City of Sydney, about integrated water recycle management.
    - Daniel Lambert from ARUP, about managing impacts from climate change and integrating water into urban development.
  • The morning session was wrapped up with a lunch prepared by ANZ and Q&A session between delegates and speakers from City of Sydney, Flow Systems and ARUP. 
  • Sydney Park, a site visit to view integration of urban stormwater management features in rehabilitated landfill site.
  • Bondi Beach, a site visit to Waverly Council stormwater management system for water recycling and pollution control.

“We are very impressed with how Australia has adapted to climate change and their approaches to mitigation. We have also been introduced to the most modern technologies in monitoring equipment and computer modelling software. We did enjoy all the presentations from Australian speakers of stormwater and wastewater management. We are very positive about the future collaboration between our province and Australia in response to climate change and increasing water quality in our country”, said Vice Chairman of Ha Tinh Provincial Permanent Committee.

Flooded homes  in the central province of Ha Tinh - Vietnam
Villagers row past their flooded homes in the central province of Ha Tinh following Typhoon Nari in October 2013

Delegation from Ha Tinh - Manly Beach site walk
Manly Beach site walk to hear about climate change impacts from sea level rise and stormwater management, lagoon maintenance, catchment maintenance and waterway health

Delegation from Ha Tinh - Site visit at Sydney Park
The Ha Tinh delegates had a site visit at Sydney Park to view integration of urban stormwater management features in rehabilitated landfill site

Vietnam rice field: Many rice crops were lost due to drought
Many rice crops were lost due to drought

Meeting at ANZ head office with speakers from City of Sydney, Flow Systems and ARUP
Meeting at ANZ head office with speakers from City of Sydney, Flow Systems and ARUP

 

Delegation from Ha Tinh - Site visit to Bondi Beach
A site visit to Bondi Beach for an overview of Waverly Council stormwater management system for water recycling and pollution control