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Scientific conference: “Integrated Management of Southern Coastal Zones to minimize impacts of climate change”

On December 22nd 2015, in room D201, USSH VNU HCM, a scientific conference themed “Integrated Management of Southern Coastal Zones to minimize impacts of climate change” was held by close associations of scientific research centers, one of which was the Center for Sea and Islands Research, the co-host.

            Many respected scientists participated in the event and made contributions to the theme. They came from academic and research centers such as the Institute of Oceanography in Nha Trang, University of Natural Sciences VNU HCMC, the Institute of Geography and Natural Resources HCMC, HUFLIT University, Saigon University, University of Technology VNU HCMC, Agriculture and Forestry University HCMC, the Institute for Commerce Research in HCMC, the HUTECH University in HCMC…To USSH VNU HCMC, the conference was particularly concerned by leaders so it warmly welcomed USSH’s Vice President Dr. Ngo Thi Phuong Lan, Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Tho, Head of USSH Office of Scientific Research and Project Management, Prof. Dr. Phan Thi Hong Xuan, Dr. Le Thanh Hoa, Dr., Director of the USSH Center for Sea and Islands Studies, Prof. Dr. Phan Thi Yen Tuyet, Dr. Ngo Thanh Loan, Dean of USSH Department of Tourism.

Representatives from Southern institutes and universities join in the conference. Photo: Viet Thanh.

            Regarding integrated management of coast lines, the conference encompassed broad ranges of possible problems that were, in terms of economics, socio-culture and technology, critically discussed through distinct perceptions and alternative approaches in order to shape comprehensive and proper understanding on current conditions and intrinsic nature of natural resources supplied amply by Vietnam’s coast lines. Thanks to its great length of coastal zones, which is 3,260 km, and its great number of 3000 islands, in various sizes, scattering from the far north to the deep south of Vietnam, Vietnam is deemed a country potentially rich in huge marine reserves. However, the precious and abundant resource has not been effectively exploited, while it has recently faced significantly increasing risks of severe depletion. Considering the explicit policies for sustainable economic development of coastal zones, the government mentioned that the optimum use and prudent management programs to these vital resources should go hand in hand with conducting careful analysis and making comprehensive evaluation on reality of immediate situations to properly exploit, use and protect the coastal zones. These clear policies were framed in the 7th Central Resolution, 4th conference of the 10th Congress of the Vietnam Communist Party. According to these conscious policies, it is vitally important to carry out urgent and crucial tasks of environment protection, coastline and sea preservation, which should be joined in and cooperated fully by sides who have benefits to achieve objectives of socio-economics at coastal zones upon important environmental problems caused by climate change. 

            In the opening speech, Dr. Ngo Thi Phuong Lan underscored the paramount importance of the Southern coastal zones because of their strategic geographical position. Precisely, the coastal zones are situated on the marine route connecting Southeast Asian countries; and, they are situated on the important economic corridor in Gulf of Thailand. Besides, the zones are the provision of abundant, rich human and natural resources. Therefore, serious conflicts provoked by enormous benefits which these zones bring in are usually raised in fierce and heated debates. Apart from true values on economic development, another determining and causative factor leading to these continued conflicts is the zones’ military defensive position. As a consequence, conducting research works on themes of economics, technology and marine anthropology is very important. As a matter of fact, research works on the Southern sea waters and islands encourage not only employing fresh approaches, undertaking systematic examination, performing thorough evaluation on real situations of sorts of sea resources in local areas, but also building a database on sea and islands, which builds a sound foundation for national development.

            For above-mentioned principal reasons, integrated management of Southern coastal zones is highly important to successful sustainable exploitation, legitimate use of the natural resources; moreover, it is crucial to take advance spatial and economic planning in sustainable development at coastal zones to reducing major impacts of climate change and possible threats to food security at present.


            The conference featured five reports. First, the presentation given by Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tac An mainly focused on some real experiences in integrated management of coastal zones. Second, Dr. Le Xuan Thuyen addressed about the installation of environmental monitoring networks for efficient management of coastal zones. Third, the development of sea ports with regards to integrated management of Southern coastal zones was the presentation contributed by Prof. Dr. Nguyen Duc Hoa. Fourth, Dr. Le Thanh Hoa presented the theme “The primary criteria of evaluation on sustainable development based on integrated development of Southern coastal zones in Vietnam”. Fifth, “land resources, their current situations and proper exploitations as an assistance to agriculture development of Southern coastal zones in Vietnam” was presented by Dr. Vu Ngoc Hung.
(Source: http://en.hcmussh.edu.vn)



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