Water Resources University

Water Security Centre

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Perception of Water Security in Research and Cooperation of WRU-WSC
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Research in water security should be actions and policy oriented.

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Water security must address the needs of socio-economic development and environmental management.

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Policy on water security must involve all key sectors to ensure sustainable economic growth and social fairness.

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For actions, level of water security will need to reflect achievements of sustainable socio-economic development of communities.

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Water security cooperation would thus reflect aspirations of all key stakeholders.


Foundation for Operations Strategy of WRU Water Security Center

To build on experiences and strengths of Viet Nam, including the following areas:

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Water security in research: Transform from a food-import country before 1989 into world second largest rice-exporting country.

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Water security in education: Water for disaster risk reduction: Viet Nam with over 1,000-year experience in Red River flood management and successful “Living with Floods” in Mekong Delta.

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Water security in cooperation: Viet Nam with an extensive network of education on water resources management, especially Water Resources University and its network.


WRU-WSC Domestic Priorities: Potential Network on Water Security Research in Viet Nam
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WRU is willing to support development of a network on water security research and education with: Polytechnic Universities of Hanoi, Danang, Ho chi Minh City, Can Tho, and other institutions.

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On education, WRU Water Security Centre could develop integrated water security curriculum: (1) strategic planning and management; (2) conflict prevention and resolution; and (3) Green Growth and water security index development.

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Possible focuses of capacity building support: (1) Master and Doctoral Programs; (2) Capacity building for managers; and (3) Leadership training

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Research focuses: MDGs, Green Growth and other priority issues, e.g. flood management


International Priorities: Linking National, Subregional, Regional & Global Initiatives
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WRU will integrate water security into its existing network of international cooperation, e.g. IAHR, Korean WR Association, Japanese Universities, etc.

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WRU will continue its initiative on “Building a Water-secured Culture in South-East Asia”.

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WRU-WS Centre will strengthen its existing relationship with ADB, ASEAN, FAO, WMO, HABITAT, ESCAP, UNESCO and UN-Water (WWDRs preparation and WWF-7).

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WRU-WS Centre hopes to build on its cooperation with APCWS as a strategic partner in its efforts to link national and subregional initiatives to regional and global efforts on water security research and education, especially for AWDOs preparation.


Possible Activities of WRU-WSC to Support Climate Change Adaptation
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Support study and research on assessment of impacts of climate change on water security.

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Support development of strategies on eco efficient water infrastructure.

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Support promotion of “waste-water revolution” of UNSGAB and ADB.

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Support development and application of guidelines for Sustainable Rehabilitation of Small Urban Water Bodies.

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Strengthen WRU-WSC relationship with GGGI, ESCAP and UN-HABITAT.


New ideas generated by the consultation between the APCWS mission and WRU
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International workshop on Water-Food-Energy Nexus jointly organized by APCWS and WRU-WSC in 2013 either in Hanoi or Danang.

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Leadership seminar on water security in Hanoi for provincial leaders in cooperation with others (regional?).

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Develop methodologies on ranking watersheds and major water works systems in Viet Nam on basis of water security index for policy formulation.

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Bac Hung Hai System strategy on water security.