20 December 2010
Climate research program continues dialogue with Vietnam
Dr Ifte Ahmed (far left), delivering the session chair’s report at the Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue conference.
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Researchers from RMIT University’s Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) have deepened their ties with Vietnam through a series of collaborations, workshops and conferences.
As one of the five programs within RMIT’s Global Cities Research Institute, CCAP conducts adaptation research and outreach within Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region.
CCAP research fellow, Dr Ifte Ahmed, recently presented a keynote paper and chaired a session on climate change research at a major conference in Hanoi.
The second “Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” conference coincided with a landmark event – Hanoi’s celebrations of 1,000 years of urban history – and was opened by the former Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, Vu Khoan, and Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Allaster Cox.
Dr Ahmed’s conference presentation on Collaborations with Vietnam for Responding to Climate Change in Cities – A Key Global Change Issue followed his work with the United Nations University on a course at RMIT Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City campus in October.Supported by RMIT, the two-week ProSPER.Net Young Researcher’s School examined directions for a sustainable future for the Mekong Delta and brought together doctoral scholars from across the region including China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Dr Ahmed said: “The Mekong River and its resources are shared by several countries in the region, so it’s appropriate that this workshop focused on capacity building in sustainability research for young researchers from a number of Asian countries.”
In recent months, CCAP has also been working on a number of collaborative research tenders with the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, with the latest through to the final selection round of a call from the Asia Pacific Network.
The tenders resulted from a workshop focusing on training and research development, which was hosted by CCAP in collaboration with VASS in the central Vietnam city of Hué in July.
A follow-up visit from VASS was then hosted by RMIT, where a symposium on Sustainable Urban Development heard from key academics, representatives of the City of Melbourne and the VASS delegation on issues of sustainable development and climate change.
CCAP Leader, Associate Professor Darryn McEvoy, said: “Through this ongoing engagement with Vietnamese partners, particularly in such key events, RMIT’s relationship with Vietnam can only deepen and result in many more joint initiatives in the future.”