Project:Inclusive development paths for healthy Red River landscapes based on ecosystem services
Client:CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems
Partners:TU Delft, National Center for Water Resources Planning and Investigation, Institute for Water Resources Planning, Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment, Thuy Loi University, GreenID, VINWATER, UNESCO-IHE and IWMI
Research questions:How can water resources planning processes in Vietnam be improved, be made more ecosystem and equity based and gender sensitive? How can ecosystem services be monitored by making complementary use of remote sensing, ground observations and citizen science? How can inclusive development paths for the Day River be developed with a combination of participatory and model based approaches?

Rapid land use changes in the Red River Basin threaten water resources. This project will be working in the Day River Catchment, a Red River distributary important for Hanoi, where most of these problems are manifest. The project will develop equitable and economically viable pathways for the land and water resources of the Red River Basin that maximize social and environmental benefits over the next decades. Within this project, FutureWater will work on remote sensing analysis and hydrological modelling of tradeoffs in different scenarios regarding the future development of the Day Basin.

Rapid land use changes in the Red River Basin threaten water resources. Urbanization, deforestation, intensive agriculture etc. cause pollution, ecosystem degradation, increased greenhouse gas emissions, floods and droughts. This project will be working in the Day River Catchment, a Red River distributary important for Hanoi, where most of these problems are manifest.

More inclusive development of land and water resources is possible with interventions such as sustainable urban drainage, agroforestry and minimum tillage, but trade-offs between land development and riverine ecosystems remain. It is a challenge to quantify the impact of interventions, to feed this knowledge into regional and national planning systems and to incorporate more inclusive practices into private sector investments. This project specifically sets out to address these challenges.

The project will develop equitable and economically viable pathways for the land and water resources of the Red River Basin that maximize social and environmental benefits over the next decades. The project will develop these pathways through multilevel stakeholder dialogues, using scenario thinking, and support this process with the (further) development of tools and frameworks for governing water and land, including further development of Water Accounting (WA+). WA+ is the systematic process of identifying, recognizing, quantifying, reporting, assuring and publishing information about water, the rights to that water, and the obligations against that water. WA was originally developed by IWMI and has been modified and upgraded by UNESCO-IHE into WA+. An ‘ecosystem service sheet’, showing the benefits of ecosystem to humans, will be developed using the results of this project. In this way, the project will develop an innovative tool for inclusive decision-making that can used at a global scale to support water resources planning. Key users are involved as project partners to ensure that project outputs are designed in such a way that they are beneficial to them and that outputs will be turned in to outcomes.

Within this project, FutureWater will work on remote sensing analysis and hydrological modelling of tradeoffs in different scenarios regarding the future development of the Day Basin.

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  • March 2016, Remote Sensing

    Integrating Global Satellite-Derived Data Products as a Pre-Analysis for Hydrological Modelling Studies: A Case Study for the Red River Basin

    Simons, G.W.H., W.G.M. Bastiaanssen, L.A. Ngô, C.R. Hain, M.C. Anderson, G.B. Senay

    Show citationSimons, G.W.H., W.G.M. Bastiaanssen, L.A. Ngô, C.R. Hain, M.C. Anderson, G.B. Senay, 2016. Integrating Global Satellite-Derived Data Products as a Pre-Analysis for Hydrological Modelling Studies: A Case Study for the Red River Basin. Remote Sensing 8(4):279-306XDownload PDF