Sarah Allen completed her MA in Global Governance at the University of Waterloo and is currently working towards her PhD in Geography at York University. She shares with ACCCRN her views on good environmental governance in Vietnam, while examining the relationship between urbanization and urban water security in the cities of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
On 14 June 2017, ACCCRN had the opportunity to visit the urban planning exhibition at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Diponegoro University. In this semester, the third year undergraduate students are focusing on designing Banjir Kanal Timur (east flood canal) as sustainable waterfront settlement based on the problems findings in the area. At a length of 14.5 km and with an average width of 35 meters, the river crosses seven districts in the city. As part of their urban design studio course, the students are divided into groups to focus on eight segments of the river.
Since joining the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia (UCRSEA) team, one of my favorite parts of the job has been the opportunity to travel within the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and meet with urban climate resilience practitioners from many countries who are also interested in understanding urbanization and climate change. In October 2016, I got to join a group of over 15 UCRSEA partnership members in the inaugural Collaborative City Exchange trips to Dawei, Myanmar.
To apply a resilience lens to strategy development or long-term program design Mercy Corps uses a Strategic Resilience Assessment (STRESS) methodology that helps program teams, practitioners and other relevant stakeholders build an understanding of the dynamic social, ecological and economic systems in which communities are embedded.
ACCCRN has commissioned a series of scoping studies supported by our collaborating partner, the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation programme (ESPA). Taking in perspectives from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam, they give insights into how evidence is used (or not) in urban decision-making in the context of ecosystems hazards and degradation happening as cities expand into their broader surroundings.