From July 06th to 14th, 2018, WANASEA project organized the workshop titled “ASEAN Water Platform 2018 – Water and Its Many Issues, Methods and Cross-Cutting Analysis” at Can Tho University. Twenty-invited speakers and nearly 100 participants from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and European countries attended 02 days of plenary sessions and 05 days of capacity building workshop.

The participants and invited speakers attending the workshop


WANASEA - Strengthen the production, management and outreach capacities of research in the field of water and natural resources in South-East Asia - is a project funded by Erasmus+ program of the European Union. The project has been implemented for three years from 2018 to 2020 with the participation from 15 main partners and two associate partners from institutes/universities in European and ASEAN countries. In Vietnam, four partners attending the project includes Can Tho University, Graduate Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnam Maritime University, and RMIT-Vietnam.

Dr. Stéphane Lagrée - WANASEA project coordinator in his opening speech


The WANASEA project is aimed at (i) Enhancing the scientific cooperation between researchers, PhD students and non-academic stakeholders; (ii) Improving the quality of Master and PhD programs in the Asian partner universities; (iii) Developing relevant multidisciplinary research; (iv) Strengthening scientific collaboration between Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Europe; and (v) Making Asian and European universities more internationalized.

The two-day plenary session run with presentations from invited speakers which focused on hot topics related to water and natural resources management. In the following five days, four capacity-building workshops on different topics related to water and natural resources management were conducted including (i) Risk management strategies in natural resources management; (ii) Holistic urban water resources management - The Greater Barcelona concept; (iii) Computer modeling and simulation of socio-environmental system, exploring and designing adaptation strategies against salinity intrusion in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta; (iv) Field research - Qualitative methodologies in social science usage and management of the water resources in the context of change.

Invited speakers at round-table meeting

Discussion between invited speakers and participants


Water and Natural Resource Management theme raises societal matters of major importance carried by a multi-scalar analytical framework – from local to transnational, transversal and multidisciplinary. It addresses essential aspects such as governance, geopolitics, energy needs, the effects of climate change, dynamic landscape, forms of impacts and risks associated with hydraulic development on societies and the environment, irrigation and drainage, social water management, inequalities and vulnerabilities, food security, water supply and sanitation.

In the framework of WANASEA project, following the workshop held at Can Tho University this year, , another training will be organized at Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia) in November 2018, and a workshop will be organized at Chiang Mai University (Thailand) in July 2019.



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