On 04th June 2021, ICED and Center of Water Management and Climate Change (WACC) has organized a webinar to present the results of all work packages within the framework of the DUPC 2 project.

Around 20 people (including 5 speakers) have participated in the event. On behalf of the project, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Quan (project lead) has provided a short introduction about the project objectives, activities and achievements of each work package until the present.

After that, MSc. Luu Thi Tang, Mr. Sjoerd van Megen, Dr. Nguyen Thanh Binh. Dr. Nguyen Minh Tu and Dr. Tran Duc Dung have presented their research activities, results and next steps of each work package. Each presentation lasts for 20 minutes including 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Topics cover: the hydrological complexity of the upper delta, the conceptualization of resilience assessment, the drivers of agricultural transformation in the delta and the conceptual framework to assess the drivers of change, the approach and planning for exploration of adaptation pathways of agricultural systems and the future sustainable rice farming systems in the delta.

Next, we had 30 minutes of questions and discussion amongst the panel and participants. Finally, the DUPC 2 members and participants involved in the second part of the webinar to discuss further activities including fieldwork, conferences, and actions to obtain the project objectives and targets until the completion of the project, as well as potential research topics, collaboration and network for future proposals and research work.

The DUPC 2 project “Flood – based farming systems for enhancing livelihood resilience in the floodplain of upper Mekong delta” has been funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project “Flood – based farming systems for enhancing livelihood resilience in the floodplain of upper Mekong delta” is carried out within the DUPC 2 program (DGIS – IHE Delft Programmatic Cooperation) funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands via IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

The project aims to develop a conceptual framework as a strategic direction in implementing flood-based farming system in the floodplain areas of upper Mekong delta. The framework is built based on (i) understanding of social – hydrological systems of typical zones in the areas (e.g., high and low dikes in the upper Mekong Delta); (ii) Analyzing livelihood resilience; (iii) Experimenting evidence and flood – based farming system including gender and inclusiveness; and (iv) Exploring adaptive pathways of sustainable flood-based farming system transformation.

Webminar Presentations

1. Luu Thi Tang | Social – hydrological complexity in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: recent empirical findings from An Giang floodplain province

2. Sjoerd van Megen – Rural livelihood resilience framework and index in the context of the upper Vietnamese Mekong delta

3. Nguyen Thanh Binh | Drivers of agricultural transformation in the coastal areas of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta

4. Nguyen Minh Tu | Social-ecological transformation in the upper Vietnamese Mekong delta: past agricultural changes and future pathways

5. Tran Duc Dung | Future of more sustainable rice cultivation in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: a lesson learned from an organic farm