Participants to the ACP First City-Level Workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam were able to discuss existing policies and programs of the city in the context of different urban sectors including air quality, transport, resource circulation, health, and others.
Hanoi, Vietnam- Hanoi City, through its Department of Natural Resource and Environment (DONRE), conducted its first city-level workshop under the Ambitious City Promises (ACP) project last 16 August 2018. The activity aimed to scope the existing policies and programs of Hanoi City under different urban sectors. The workshop also mapped stakeholders as part of the city’s effort to enhance its climate action planning.
In his welcome remarks, DONRE, represented by Vice Director Mr. Le Tuan Dinh, said that “Climate change is not a new problem as its effects are obvious and complex. This workshop is an opportunity to discuss solutions, build networks and mobilize resources to assist Hanoi in responding to climate change. We are willing to cooperate with ICLEI in making Hanoi a greener and cleaner city.”
Funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI), the ACP is a 3.5-year international project which aims to support selected large cities in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam to establish strong GHG reduction commitments, local climate action plans directed by concrete targets, enhanced multi-stakeholder engagement, and integrated strategies.
The project is implemented by ICLEI in close cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG). SMG, in 2015, launched the Promise of Seoul, a comprehensive climate action plan which aims to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by 40% by 2030 from 2005 level. The action plan puts a high priority on citizen engagement in order to reach this target.
Taking off from the Seoul experience, the first city-level workshop in Hanoi zeroed in stocktaking what policies and programs are currently being implemented in the city. From the 10 urban sectors covered under the Promise of Seoul, air quality and transport emerged as relevant urban sectors for Hanoi City in terms of overall urban planning and transitioning to low emission development. The need to further learn from the experiences of SMG in terms of citizen engagement was also highlighted by DONRE.
Hanoi City also shared that it is currently undertaking its first city-wide GHG emissions inventory with 2015 as the base year. The city is receiving support from the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MONRE) for this initiative. To date, the calculation for energy and waste sectors have been completed. Results of the GHG inventory will serve as the basis to craft evidence-based policies on climate change mitigation.
The workshop also served as a platform to validate the list of stakeholders that Hanoi City needs to engage to ensure inclusive participation in the updating of its climate action plan. Some of the most relevant stakeholders identified during the workshop include key national government agencies such as DONRE, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Industry and Commerce, Department of Transport, Department of Urban Planning and Architecture, among others. The Hanoi Climate Core Team was also tagged as an important stakeholder along with representatives of the women’s union, Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, and other community representatives. From the academe, the participants identified the Institute of Strategy and Development of Transportation and the Hanoi University of Science and Technology as significant stakeholders.
In closing, Regional Program Manager of ICLEI Southeast Asia Mr. Ranell Martin Dedicatoria highlighted that this first workshop is an important milestone of the project as it will set the tone for future consultations to be conducted. As a next step, he explained that ICLEI, in partnership with DONRE and the Vietnam Institute for Urban and Rural Planning (VIUP), will devise strategies to address the identified capacity needs and further deepen the engagement with local stakeholders in the pursuit of low emission development. VIUP serves as the project’s political partner in Vietnam.