Institutional capacity building for the Centre of Water Management and Climate Change (CWMCC)

This project aims to enable CWMCC to offer appropriate training and research to strengthen the capacity of policymaking structures in the Mekong Delta. This will enable these structures to offer adequate solutions on water governance and climate change mitigation and adaptation. These solutions will contribute to improved urban and rural planning and to the implementation of regional sustainable development strategies.

Vietnam is one of the five most vulnerable-to-climate change countries. Vietnam recognises the need to develop national and local climate change policy and adaptation strategies. It is also aware of the urgent need of capacity development to ensure that policy responses are adequate and effective and that planning is comprehensive.

The Vietnam National University established the Centre of Water Management and Climate Change to help the country implement the abovementioned policies and help communities cope with problems related to water management and climate change. CWMCC is trying to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), with special attention for:

  • Governance
  • Policy planning
  • Regulation


The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the Centre's organisation and management.
  • CWMCC delivers short training courses and master programmes on water governance and climate change which are aligned with international quality standards, are gender sensitive and meet existing demands of qualified/senior professionals, especially in the public sector.
  • CWMCC has increased its research capacity and developed and implemented interdisciplinary gender-sensitive research programmes on water governance, climate change and rural and urban development in the Mekong Delta.