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On March 20, 2021, at the Thuyloi University, within the framework of the Project " Improving the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change related impacts in Viet Nam" (GCF Project), the GCF Management Board coordinated with Thuyloi University and UNDP Vietnam to organize the Opening ceremony of Training course to improve capacity for Central-level trainers (TOT) on Community-Based Disaster Risk Management.

Attending the ceremony were Ms. Doan Thi Tuyet Nga - Director of Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and Mr. Khusrav Sharifov, Technical Specialist for Disaster Risk Management of UNDP Viet Nam. On the side of Thuyloi University, there were Assoc.Prof. Dr. Nguyen Canh Thai - Vice Rector of Thuyloi University. Especially there were presence of lecturers and students participating in the course.

GCF Project is currently supporting the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and 7 project provinces to implement a community-based disaster risk management training program in 520 coastal communes in the project area for the period 2017-2021 to collect disaster risk assessment information, contributing to the development of disaster risk information and data to support local decision-making. This activity is also consistent with the Government's Project 1002 on strengthening community awareness about natural disasters and community-based disaster risk management.

Speaking at the ceremony, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Canh Thai - Vice Rector of Thuyloi University said: In the framework of the GCF project, Thuyloi University was entrusted by UNDP and VNDMA to build the program and organize 02 training courses for central-level trainers on community-based disaster risk management.

In July 2020, Thuyloi University successfully organized 01 training course for 28 trainees from many provinces. As planned, the second class will be held in November 2020. However, due to the complicated and unpredictable developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the second class has been delayed until now. The second class now has had 27 students from many different working units registered to participate in the course.

According to Ms. Doan Thi Tuyet Nga - Director of the Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation (VNDMA): The training course has methodical quality in training national trainers in this field, especially when Vietnam is one of the 5 countries most affected by natural disasters and climate change. “We look forward to Thuyloi University to submit to the Ministry proposals on the opening of more CBDRM training courses, early in the second quarter of 2021."

Online classes are transmitted through the camera system of Thuy Loi University

Representative of UNDP in Vietnam, Mr. Khusrav Sharifov also expressed his pleasure that this training program has had the initial results and continued to be implemented for the second class this year.

Mr. Khusrav Sharifov also thanked and appreciated the cooperation of Thuyloi University in coordinating the implementation of this training program. At the same time, believe that with experience in community-based disaster risk management training, the University will successfully organize the course.

Central-level trainers

Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation