Hoi An, Vietnam: Philippine municipalities Dumangas, Lubang, and the Science City of Muñoz along with Vietnamese representatives from Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, and Hoi An and their partner municipalities from Germany attended the First Network Meeting of Asian Municipalities for the 5th Phase of the Municipal Climate Partnership from August 29-31.
The meeting was held to facilitate knowledge exchange between Philippine and Vietnamese local governments in forwarding local climate action. It also took note of progress and challenges encountered since the International Kickoff Workshop in the Philippines last July 2016.
The 5th Phase partner municipalities from Asia and Germany are the following:
- Hoi An, Vietnam – Wernigerode, Germany
- District of Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam – Bezirk Lichtenberg, Germany
- Dumangas, Philippines – Herdecke, Germany
- Lubang, Philippines – Ebhausen, Germany
- Science City of Muñoz, Philippines – University Town of Marburg, Germany
In this event, participants discussed their joint program of action on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Service Agency department head, Ms. Jessica Baier, shared success stories from the partnership as well as funding mechanisms which can provide support for the initiatives identified in the joint program of action.
With the leadership of Mr. Nguyen Van Dung, Chairman of Hoi An People’s Committee, the delegation explored Hai An as the city showcased its climate change initiatives, social realities, and significant experience as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Philippine municipalities posited that they have the same vulnerabilities as Hoi An, specifically coastal erosion, and flooding. Disaster risk reduction activities were also discussed, in the light of intense typhoons that both Philippine and Vietnamese cities experience on a regular basis.
The Asian municipalities will meet their partner municipalities in May 2018 to present the final joint program of action at the International Workshop in Germany.
The Municipal Climate Partnerships project is implemented by Engagement Global/ Service Agency Communities in One World in cooperation with the sustainability network LAG 21 NRW and ICLEI Southeast Asia with funding support from the Federal Ministry for the Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).