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Climate change response for sustainability and security

10th November 2018

 

Vietnam Japan University (VJU) lecturers and students has engaged in conversations of climate change responses at Hanoi Forum 2018 with the theme of "Climate change response for sustainability and security”.

 

 

Hanoi Forum - "Towards Sustainable Development”

 

Hanoi Forum 2018 is an international academic conference co-hosted by Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU) and Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS).


The general theme of Hanoi Forum is "Towards Sustainable Development”. Hanoi Forum aims at promoting the goal of inclusive and sustainable development for all. It encourages interdisciplinary research that push our knowledge limits in understanding socio-economic growth and conservation, interactions between human and environment, prosperity and equality.


Hanoi Forum believes the development of human being depends on our ability to deepening understanding about growth and creative solutions for complex challenges that threaten the future of humanity and the integrity of the life support systems of the planet, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, land and water degradation.


Hanoi Forum 2018 focuses on the study of human ecology, climate change response and governance of natural resources with the general topic of "Climate Change Response for Sustainability and Security”. The Forum facilitates international academic exchange and discussion in order to increase the effectiveness of climate change response and contribute to realize the goal of sustainable development at the global, regional and national levels. It aims to bring together scientists, policy makers, managers, and entrepreneurs from all over the world to engage in interdisciplinary conversations of natural resources management, energy, infrastructure, economics, science and technology to give solutions for climate change issues, support government, contribute cutting-edge solutions, develop education and research framework, foster collaboration for better climate change response at international and regional levels.

 

 

Professor Mai Trong Nhuan, Director of Master Program in Climate Change and Development (MCCD) of Vietnam Japan University, Committee Member of Hanoi Forum 2018

 

 

Professor Ken Fukushi, University of Tokyo, Co-Director of Master Program in Environmental Engineering, VJU; chairman of Panel 5: Science, technology and education of climate change response and sustainability at Hanoi Forum 2018. 

Short-Lived Climate Pollutant and PM2.5 in Hanoi

 

At Hanoi Forum 2018, Professor Kita Kazuyuki, Ibaraki University, Co-Director of Master Program in Climate Change and Development of VJU has showed the observation plan of Short-Lived Climate Pollutant and PM2.5 in Hanoi.

 

 

Professor Kita Kazuyuki, Ibaraki University, Co-Director of Master Program in Climate Change and Development of VJU has showed the observation plan of Short-Lived Climate Pollutant and PM2.5 in Hanoi at Hanoi Forum 2018. 

 

As he mentioned, short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), including the tropospheric ozone and black carbon aerosol, are widely noticed because their urgent reduction is necessary to control the global warming less than 1.5 degrees. International activities such as the Climate Change and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) have concentrate their efforts to actions for reduction of them, SLCPs are quite significant for the regional climate change as well as local air pollution and health of people lived in each local area.

 

 

In southeast Asia, including Vietnam, although it is significant source region of Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCPs), dynamic behaviors of SLCPs has not been understood thoroughly, as Prof. Kita mentioned. 

 

In southeast Asia, including Vietnam, although it is significant source region of SLCPs, dynamic behaviors of SLCPs has not been understood thoroughly. As his first step in Vietnam, the professor and his research team are now starting the observation of the tropospheric ozone, black carbon aerosol (BC), and PM2.5 at My Dinh campus of Vietnam-Japan University in Hanoi.

 

In a nutshell, tropospheric (O3) and BC in Vietnam and Southeast Asia would be affected by fossil fuel and biofuel combustion in large city areas, open biomass burning of agricultural wastes and transboundary pollution from south China.


Continuous monitoring of concentration of (O3), CO, BC and PM2.5 are necessary to understand the climate change and health influence of SLCP and their sources in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, and useful to make countermeasure to reduce them.

 

Interactive Disaster Education from the Perspective of Human Science

 

Professor Ito Tetsuji, Ibaraki University, lecturer of Master Program in Climate Change and Development of VJU presented at Hanoi Forum 2018 about his research on "Interactive Disaster Education from the Perspective of Human Science”.

 

 

Global warming and climate change may increase heavy rain and flood disaster. On September 2015, Kinugawa river broke down, causing serious damage to Joso city in Ibaraki prefecture. Although such disasters are expected to increase in the future, they will surely not decrease. For these disaster prevention and reduction, both hard and soft measures are necessary. In addition to that, disaster prevention education from the perspective of human science is needed and effective as well.


He mentioned about the disaster prevention training workshop, especially "Crossroad” and "My Time Line”, at elementary and Junior high school in Joso City and great education effect for Japanese children.

 

At Hanoi Forum 2018, VJU student of MCCD (Master Program in Climate Change and Development of VJU), Nguyen Thu, had a poster presentation about "Solutions for developing climate change adaptive fishery livelihoods”. She has done a research at her hometown, Diem Dien town, Thai Thuy district, Thai Binh province to address risks of natural disaster which will increase in the context of climate change. She showed that this will be adversely affected on the sustainable development of fisheries while most of the livelihoods of fishermen are seriously depend on coastal ecosystems. Her study addressed suggestions on adaptable fishery livelihood for Diem Dien town.

Nguyen Thu, MCCD student and her poster at Hanoi Forum 2018