Empowering urban regions for cooperative, synergistic and practical implementation of sustainability and resilience strategies considering the urban-rural nexus
emplement! is a joint R&D project within the
Sustainable Development of Urban Regions program, sponsored by the German
Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and facilitated by DLR Project
Within the framework of the overarching objective of "sustainable urban regions", projects are to be promoted which serve to increase the "resilience of cities, their environs and urban regions".
After a 6-month preparatory phase, the project is currently in the 18-month definition phase, which may be followed by a 4-year R&D phase.
Rapid urbanization presents cities and their
surrounding regions with major challenges. Not only due to the increasing
consumption of resources and the consequences thereof, but also due to climate
change and the threats of associated disasters. Strategies and plans addressing
these challenges do not only need to be developed, they need to be practically
Objective of emplement! is to develop transferable tools and the needed capacities that enable the involved players in Da Nang City and the adjacent Quang Nam Province to implement sustainability and resilience strategies and plans into practical and synergetic measures. At this the city and province are not considered separately, but with special emphasis on their systemic interdependencies. The development of the tools takes place at three different levels:
Given the economic importance for Da Nang and Quang Nam, emplement! focuses on 4 fields of action:
Implementation should be sustainable, insofar as
the technologies must be resource-efficient, scalable, emission-reducing, and
thereof contribute to the reduction of GHGs.
But they also must be financially
sustainable and operational in the long term. In the structured implementation
dialog, the balance between technically possible and appropriate is to be
found. Technologies and concepts for the four fields of action are elaborated
in such a way that they contribute, inter alia, to resilience against drought
Important aspect of emplement! is the implementation process for infrastructure e.g. Green Technologies or procedures/ methods in the areas of water and energy supply, wastewater and waste disposal, and food in the urban-region nexus. For the 4 fields of action (Tourism, Agriculture/ Forestry, Industry, Built Environment), technology setups will be developed and selected with regard to their local context, scalability, and potential synergies between the technology applications.
In the 4 fields of action implementation activities are defined and first practical showcase projects will be implemented during the definition phase, taking into account the conceptual and technical synergies both between the fields of action and in the urban-regional context. The project provides contributions to practical implementation processes, strengthening local competences, and general implementation research.
Target area of the emplement! project is the
city of Da Nang and the adjacent Quang Nam Province (Central Vietnam). The 4
fields of action are of great importance for Da Nang and the Quang Nam Province
and are in direct competition for resources such as water, energy or land. But
there is also a great synergy potential, the development of which is part of
In this current definition phase, the emplement! team and participating actors will define showcases which can be implemented as prototype projects within the 4 fields of action for the subsequent detailed scientific analyses. For proper design, emplement! is applying tools like questionnaires, obstacle analysis, summer schools and practical trainings.
AT-Verband/ Association for the promotion of adapted, socially and environmentally friendly technologies
IZES gGmbH/ Infrastructure und Commune Development
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences / Institute for Architecture Civil Engineering and Geomatics
University of Tübingen/ Geography
University of Hohenheim/ Department of Agricultural Engineering in the Tropics and Subtropics
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences/ Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering
United Nation Human Settlement Program/ Vietnam Office
Da Nang Institute for Socio-Economic Development (DISED)
Da Nang Architecture University (DAU)
Quang Nam People' Committee