Under the framework of the Program on Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience to Natural Hazards in Vietnam (M2CCR Project) supported by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), a Curriculum Review Workshop was recently conducted in Hanoi by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in partnership with the Vietnam’s Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IMHEN).
This is the second gathering of around 20 experts from related Vietnamese agencies and institutions including Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)to discuss and identify Vietnam’s training needs in the field of disaster risk management and how a regional ADPC training curriculum can be customized for Vietnam. Representatives of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi also attended the workshop.
Following presentation and discussion of the project and the regional disaster risk reduction curriculum, the input from participants was requested. This was readily provided through the subsequent discussion. A questionnaire was also distributed in order to procure further input following the workshop. . Based on these inputs, a comprehensive training needs assessment survey (TNA) will be conducted and a curriculum for a national training course will be designed for Vietnam.
Norway is actively engaged in the disaster risk reduction agenda and in humanitarian work. Support to adaptation to climate change and the prevention of disasters are important aspects of Norwegian foreign policy. Vietnam is one of the most climate changed affected countries in the world and is one of Norway’s important partner countries in disaster risk reduction.