Lao Cai Explores Multisector Planning Approaches

A pilot project to promote multisector approaches in provincial development planning was launched in Hanoi, Viet Nam on 28 May 2015.

Supported by the ADB-led Core Environment Program (CEP), an international consultant team will work with planners in Lao Cai, Viet Nam to design a scenario-based model and multisector planning process to strengthen socioeconomic development planning in the province.

The model will help Lao Cai planners better understand how rapid development changes are likely to unfold and inform their planning responses. For example, implications of the Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway for trade, tourism, environment, and social development.

“The development planning of Lao Cai for 2018 has been approved. But with the completion of the Noi Bai–Lao Cai highway, this changes development factors and conditions. It is vital to adjust current planning to ensure sustainable growth”, said Mr. Le Ngoc Duong, Deputy Director, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao Cai province.

Lao Cai was selected as the case-study due to its location in the Sino-Vietnam Karst Landscape, one of seven transboundary landscapes CEP aims to improve sustainable management in.

“Lao Cai has rich biodiversity but is facing issues in sustainably managing its natural resources. We hope that experiences gained from this pilot will not only useful for other provinces in Vietnam but also for other GMS countries”, said Ms. Nguyen Hanh Quyen, EOC.

More than 50 delegates attended the workshop, including representatives from agriculture, environment and investment ministries, provincial authorities, as well as from NGOs, scientific organizations, and universities.

The workshop was organized by Viet Nam’s Institute of Strategy and Policies on Natural Resources in collaboration with the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition and the Lao Cai Provincial People’s Committee.

Visit the workshop event page to access presentations and other materials.

Publish Date: 1st June 2015

Last Updated: 1st June 2016

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