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, and a 18 month definition phase the project has entered the 4-year R&D phase (01.06.2021-31.05.2025).
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 the target area 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
emplement! aims to develop transferable methods and tools and the
necessary capacities to enable administrations and involved actors in the city
of Da Nang and the neighbouring province of Quang Nam (Central Vietnam) to
translate relevant strategies and plans into practical, efficient, and
sustainable as well as resilient measures that work together in synergy - both
on the planning and the practical level.
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. It is important within the implementation approach to anchor aspects of sustainability and climate protection and to strengthen resilience through intensive cooperation in the urban-rural context
In the R&D phase, implementation activities such
as pilot projects will be carried out within the 4 fields of action (Tourism,
Agriculture/ Forestry, Industry, Built Environment).
The pilot projects will be accompanied and analysed scientifically with developed or adapted methods, considering possible conceptual and technical as well as trans-sectoral synergies.
The pilot projects are designed in such a way that they can be conceptually and technically networked with each other and transferred to other regional contexts.
In the 4 fields of action technology setups will be developed and selected with regard to their local context, scalability, and potential synergies between the technology applications.
The project provides contributions to practical implementation processes, strengthening local competences, and general implementation research. emplement! is applying tools like questionnaires, obstacle analysis, summer schools and practical trainings. The results from emplement! will be methodically processed and made available as a toolbox.
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