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International Workshop on Water Resources and Water Disaster Issues of Rivers in Vietnam

Date: January 13, 2011
Venue: Room #D-1518, DPRI, Uji Campus, Kyoto University

Organized by:
Water Resources Research Center, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University

Co-organized by:
Atmosphere-Hydrosphere Group, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University

Supported by:
Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

Number of attendants: 33

Report 139


The aim of this workshop is to grasp the water resources and water-related issues of river basins, especially the Red River basin, in Vietnam. The researchers invited from Water Resources University, Vietnam, give us the presentations concerning the current problems of rivers in Vietnam. And the collaborative group constituted of researchers in DPRI and in Water Resources University recognizes our ongoing works relating to flood and drought issues in Vietnam. Especially, we then focus on the considerations of human security to evaluate the countermeasures to great flooding events in Hanoi from past to future. The reported contents can be used to decide the orientation of future research development and to make a appropriate strategy on the water resources managements and mitigation of water-related disasters meeting the demands in Vietnam. Our final goal is to step up the more collaborative relationships among us and to make up a universal proposal applicable to any flood events in Vietnam.


In this workshop, the 7 presentations concerning the water resources and water-related disasters in Vietnam, especially, at the Red River basin were given; 3 presentations by two researchers in Water Resources University, Vietnam, 2 presentations by two researchers in DPRI, 1 presentation by a HSE-student, and 1 presentation by one researcher in Center for Integrated Area Studies. We then recognized that the presentations made from the Vietnamese viewpoints were apparently different from that from the Japanese viewpoints. One of the hot topics from a Japanese researcher sensationally surprised us because Vietnamese researchers recognized those Vietnamese facts in reported contents at first. We knew Vietnamese researchers were strongly interested the impacts of river management and sediment transports on future climate change. The presentation and discussions in this workshop were quite fruitful for future collaboration, and we are successful in making a fundamental of future collaborative research progress. Many students not only in master and doctoral program but also bachelor students participated in this workshop, so that they have great interests in water resources and water-related disasters in Vietnam. After the workshop, the free-discussion meeting with dinner was held in the French restaurant in Uji Campus. In this meeting, the deep discussion individually opened up and heat up, and these exchanges gave us the expectation of great collaborations in future.