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By Sarah Reed, Urban Program Advisor, ISET-International
and Thanh Ngo, ISET-Vietnam.

PANEL DISCUSSION “GETTING AHEAD OF CLIMATE CHANGE: BUSINESS RISKS, REGULATIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES” WITH EXPERIENCE FRO­M INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL EXPERT.

Hanoi 20 September 2013 – Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Vietnam (ISET-Vietnam) and the Vietnam Urban Climate Resilience Community of Practice will host a panel entitled “Getting Ahead of Climate Change: Risks, Regulations, and Opportunities” as part of the Vietnam Green Biz 2013 conference

“Global supply chains and business investments have been and will be further threatened by climate change in the future, especially in a country like Vietnam that is extremely vulnerable to climate change.” said Dr. Michael DiGregorio, senior consultant to ISET-Vietnam and one of the panel speakers.

Thailand experienced devastating floods in 2011 that resulted in major disruption in international supply chains when floodwater inundated low-lying industrial areas. Like Thailand, Vietnam is expanding and putting major investments in high risk flood plains, while standards for infrastructure design and urban planning are based on historical experience that does not reflect the changing climate.

Future regulations may also demand new climate risk compliance from the business community. Under these circumstances, risk management will need to be accepted as a normal part of land use planning through setbacks, set asides, and design standards for particularly vulnerable areas, according to Dr. DiGregorio.

International and national panelists will provide an overview of financial, legal, reputational and insurance risks associated with climate change. Additionally, they will discuss implications of emerging regulations and trade agreements, corporate adaptation strategies, and opportunities for building green, resilient cities.

Panel Speakers including:

  • Mr. Robert Schiffer, Managing Director, Indochina Renewable Resources Management
  • Mr. Donovan Burton, Climate Change Analyst, Climate Planning, Australia
  • Mr. Jules Livingstone, Climate Adaptation Consultant Complexitas SSA, Australia
  • Dr. Michael DiGregorio, Consultant to ISET-Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Dr. Luu Duc Cuong, Director: Centre for Research and Planning on Urban and Rural Environment Vietnam Institute of Architecture and Planning
  • Mr. Pham Ngoc Thach, Legal Department, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)
  • Ms. Sarah O. Reed, ISET Urban Programs Advisor, Vietnam

Full report of the panel discussion is now available to download at http://ow.ly/qWXk5 compiled and edited by Sarah Reed, Michelle Fox, Ngo Phuong Thanh, and Ellin Lede.

To watch presentations from Mr. Jules Livingstone and Mr. Donovan Burton on Climate Change and the Private Sector: Strategic Approaches, Mr. Robert Schiffer on Environmental Compliance under Trans-Pacific Partnership and Dr. Michael DiGregorio on “Flood Hazards, Urbanization, and Climate Change”, please visit ISET’s channel.

For more information about Vietnam Green Biz 2013, please visit Green Biz Official website.

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