Lecturers came from prestigious foreign institutions : Professor Minh Ha-Duong and Engineer Nguyen Thanh Nhan from CNRS in France, Dr. Tran Mai Kien from the Mekong River Commission in Laos, Dr. Michel de Lara from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France, and Dr. Le Van Cuong from CNRS and Depocen. There were 80 students, coming evenly from MONRE and other partner institutions including universities and NGOs. In the evaluation poll, 90% of the MONRE participants declared that the course met completely or mostly their expectations.
In the keynote opening speeches, MONRE Vice-Minister Dr. Tran Hong Ha, and ISPONRE director Dr. Nguyen Van Tai highlighted the importance of the natural resource and environment sector in the current economy of Vietnam, and stressed the need to continue the reforms towards more market-based approaches and instruments. Keynote closing speeches by MONRE Personnel Director Dr. Ta Dinh Thi and ISPONRE deputy director Dr. Nguyen The Chinh underlined the contribution of the course towards the urgent needs of capacity building for MONRE staff.
This year the course focused on climate change, balancing theoretical aspects of natural resources and environment economics with applied cases studies. We examined the science, consequences, technologies and policy issues of climate change at the international level. Then teachers discussed its current and expected impacts in Vietnam, especially in the Mekong delta, as well as CO2 emissions mitigation options for the Vietnamese power sector. The theoretical courses exposed the basics of decision analysis with scenarios and optimization models ; deterministic and stochastic ; then examined the place of exhaustible resources in macroeconomic growth theory ; and dynamics models of renewable resources management.
An open session was held, where voluntary students formally presented case studies to share their experience on : Reducing Emissions from Desertification and Degradation (REDD) ; the fight against desertification in central Vietnam (Ninh Thuan province) ; and adaptation policies in Da Nang.
This summer school also included field trip to examine resource and environment management in Ha Long on the 22nd and 23rd. The course at ISPONRE on Economics and Natural Resource and Environment Policy was the policy-oriented track of the Hanoi Summer School on Economics (directed by Depocen), which also had an academically-oriented track held at the Water Resource University from August 20th to 27th.
MONRE is the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment in Viet Nam. Its policy areas include land administration, water resources, mineral resources, environmental protection, hydrology-meteorology and climate change, survey and mapping, sea and islands. ISPONRE is the institute of strategy and policy of MONRE.
CIRED is an international research center on environment and development located in Paris, comprising about 60 people. Currently directed by Jean-Charles Hourcade, CIRED was created in 1973 by Professor Ignacy Sachs to study the tensions between environment, long-term management of natural resources and economic development. Its works on eco-development involve the study of consumption patterns, technological choices and land uses.
The organizers gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and of Veolia Water, a world-leading environmental services company.