Lao cities conduct workshops for CRVA validation and LEDS review

The participants work in breakout groups to discuss and select the most potential demonstration projects that will be implemented in the two model cities under the Urban-LEDS II project.

Kaysone Phomvihane, Lao PDR—ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) organized back-to-back workshops on the validation of the processes and outcomes of the rapid climate risk and vulnerability assessment (CRVA) and another on the review of low-emission development strategies (LEDS) for the cities of Outhoumphone and Bachieng Chaleunsouk held on 27-28 October 2020.

Delivered under the Urban LEDS II project, these workshops aimed to validate the project’s assessments of the cities’ climate risks and vulnerabilities, helping the cities formulate and develop their Urban LEDS Action Plans. The said action plan shall focus on climate resilience and ensure its integration into local development planning processes. The workshops brought together relevant sectors from the cities and stakeholders and from different government agencies to solicit recommendations in formulating their climate resilience and LEDS.

The workshop kicked off with a presentation on the greenhouse gas inventories (GHGI) of the project’s two Lao model cities, Kaysone Phomvihane and Pakse. The workshop discussed how the GHGIs are critical starting points to understand how the city GHG emissions can be reduced through their strategies. LEDS consultant Mr. Mone Nouansyvong presented the outline of the drafted LEDS Action Plan for the cities, highlighting the cities’ high-emitting/polluting sectors, their emission levels, identified priority stakeholders and potential partners in the implementation of the action plan, and the identified relevant policies and mitigation targets at the national and local levels.

The workshop also facilitated collaborative discussions with key representatives and stakeholders which surfaced strategies for the project cities.

Participants of the validation workshop in Kaysone Phomvihane discuss the key findings of the CRVA for their city. Results in the project cities will contribute to the 2020 National Socio-Economic Development Plan and the Resolution of the National Assembly’s Conference on the Adoption of the Government’s Report on the Implementation of 2019.

Kaysone Phomvihane City

Installation of a solar-powered water pump system in the Nouhak Phoumsavanh Memorial Park in the center of Kaysone Phomvihane City to reduce incurred energy costs and provide cleaner energy sources.

Pakse City

Installation of the solar street light in Pakse City to reduce GHG emissions and provide clean energy to operate public facilities and consequently drive energy costs down.

On the second day of the consultation workshop, CRVA consultant Mr. Vathanamixay Chansomphou presented the outcomes and findings for the conduct of a rapid CRVA for the two satellite cities of Outhoumphone and Bachieng Chaleunsouk district. Through a validation process, participating stakeholder groups were given the opportunity to provide technical feedback on the accuracy and local soundness of the CRVA process and outcomes.

Exposure map

Sensitivity map

Adaptive capacity map

Outhoumphone district
The analysis result explains that the CRVA’s exposure map shows a few villages that are classified with the highest levels of exposure including Na kham village, Phonh deua village. Phonh na nhang village, Xai ou dom village and Na ka xor village. Meanwhile, the Sensitivity map shows various levels of sensitivity level index across the villages. And for the adaptive capacity level, most of the villages are at medium to very high level of adaptive capacity while a few villages in the North and South have very low and low adaptive capacity.

Exposure mao

Sensitivity map

Adaptive capacity map

Bachieng chaleunsouk district
Based on the study, the exposure map shows that the highest exposure area is the West Palai village with a very high sensitivity level. For the sensitivity map, the sensitivity level index is dispersed for medium and high level of sensitivity villages. And for Adaptive Capacity level, most of the villages are at medium to very high level of adaptive capacity while many villages in the West are very low and low adaptive capacity.

The workshops were successful in engaging the stakeholders from different sectors and in achieving their objectives. The participants were highly engaged in making sense of the assessments and providing practical low-emission development and disaster resilience strategies.

The outcomes of the CRVA and adaptation reports for both cities will be critical for the planning and development of appropriate adaptation measures to strengthen their resilience against climate hazards. In the next/final stage on the development of LEDS Action Plan, the team is planning to conduct the validation workshop with the TWGs and relevant stakeholders which will be discussing the process and best practices of mainstreaming the LEDS action plan into the model cities local development plans and proposed policy recommendation to ensure successful implementation of the LEDS action plan.


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