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On the occation of the Ceremony on International Disaster Prevention and Control Day, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA) under the Ministry of Agricuture and Rural Development of Vietnam (MARD) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Day of Japan (MLIT) organised the 7th Cooperation Workshop on Disaster Management: Technical Solutions to Damage Mitigation from Flashflood and Landslide in Hanoi, on 11th October 2019. This is one of activities to be implemented under the Memorandum of Understanding between MARD and MLIT on the basis of the cooperation in sharing information and experience on policies, technology, expert exchange, training, workshops on natural disaster prevention and control annually.

Vietnamese and Japanese participants’s workshop group photo

Participants to the Workshop were from MARD, MLIT, Japanese Ambassy, JICA and relevant Vietnam ministries, branches, partners, international organizations and 36 provinces and cities.

Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Co-chairpersons of the Workshop, Ms. Doan Thi Tuyet Nga, Director of the Science, Technology and International Department (under VNDMA of MARD) and Dr. Masahiko Murase, Director of the International Affairs Office, Water and Disaster Management Bureau, MLIT both emphasized the importance of the cooperation between VNDMA and MLIT in the natural disaster control and prevention.

Ms. Doan Thi Tuyet Nga asserted that “VNDMA and MLIT have coordinated to organize many workshops to share experiences and knowledge on natural disaster prevention and control in general and flood and landslide prevention and responses in particular. Today's seminar is organized with an aim to share structural and non-structural solutions to mitigate damages relating to flash floods and landslides as well as to learn practical lessons in Vietnam and approach cutting-edge solutions and technologies which are being applied in Japan”.

Representatives from VNDMA (MARD) and from Water and Disaster Management Bureau (MLIT) acted as Co-chairpersons of the Workshop

Dr. Masahiko Murase emphasized:”   “We are in the middle of time when we have to take a practical action for the adaptation.  The action requires cooperation seeking cutting-edge technologies through knowledge exchange. This is why we have established this framework. We will all need to work together to raise awareness, promote engagement and encourage participation and accountability at all levels.”


Overview of the Workshop

Participants focused on sharing information on policies, technology, lesson learnt in management of natural disaster caused by flashflood and landslide. Vietnamese and Japanese experts made presentations on specific issues such as: Overview of Flashflood and Landslide in Vietnam; Experiences sharing on response to flashflood and landslide in Thanh Hoa province. Technologies applied in flashflood and landslide such as:  Technologies for maintenance and monitoring of dykes, river management facilities, and dams  and upgrading of dams; Japanese technical standards for designing countermeasures against debris flow;  Japanese technical standards on flashflood and landslide prevention to be applied in Vietnam; Outline of Measures for sediment disaster in Japan etc. were introduced by Vietnamese and Japanese experts.

The presentations really drew the special attention of all participants at the Workshop. Numerous opinions from senior officials and experts in management of disaster risk caused by flashflood and landslide contributed to the success of the  Workshop and obtained the results as expected. The workshop help the relevant stakeholders understand more about natural disaster prevention and control of Vietnam and Japan, thereby developing and implementing appropriate support and cooperation for each country.

Flash Flood and Landslide in Vietnam

Documents of the 7th Vietnam - Japan Cooperation Workshop on Disaster Management: Solution and Technology to Mitigate Flashflood and Landslide Damage



Science, Technology and International Department - VNDMA