Vietnamese women will benefit from NIRAS capabilities in comprehensive water planning (HELVA) at a new, local pilot project
Exploiting Synergies between Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and Urban Farming in Vinh Yen, Vietnam – such is the title of HELVAs first international project.
Local women in Vinh Yen will be involved in an urban farming initiative, where water for the vegetables will come from a SUDS system (local drainage of rain water, which is picked up locally, instead of being discharged into the sewer).
The project will run for 2.5 years and has a budget of approximately 500.000 EUR, of which about 63.000 EUR will be allocated to constructing the pilot project.
The purpose of the project is to make the urban area more resilient to flooding, but also to benefit the local community’s social resilience by giving local women the opportunity to grow vegetables, herbs and spices.
“We hope that a low-budget system like this can inspire other local authorities and the local population to build SUDS systems that do not require large investments, but will add value to the local population,” says Morten Pedersen from water and utility division VAFO in NIRAS.
The project also hope to inspire similar solutions in the rest of Vietnam.
”The project and its ideas have potential for wide application in Viet Nam given the increasing flooding situation and heat island in cities due to both climate change and rapid urbanization. Willingness of the public and local authorities as well as innovative mechanisms for maintaining such a system play a crucial role in the sustainability and success of the project, “ says Luu Duc Cuong from the Ministry of Construction in Vietnam.
NIRAS won the project in an international competition at Nordic Climate Facility (NCF), which is organized under the Nordic Development Nordic Development Fund (NDF). The project is a result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between:
• Morten Pedersen, water and utility, NIRAS
• Anja Wejs, water and energy, NIRAS
• NIRAS Vietnam (RCCE)
• Vietnam Institute for Urban and Rural Planning (VIUP) and
• Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction
• The City of Vinh Yen
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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn.
I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law.
I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam.
In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship.
Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam.
I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN.
I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net).
I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries.
In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống).
In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success".
I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.
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