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Published on 6 September 2013

Fifteen decision-makers from a southern coastal province of Vietnam will spend next week at the University of the Sunshine Coast gaining the latest information on integrated coastal management techniques.

The government officials and other delegates from Soc Trang, a province of 1.2 million people in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam, will be joined by two members of German aid organisation GIZ, which is providing funding.

USC’s Sustainability Research Centre will deliver the expert exchange program, offering presentations and interactive sessions, meetings with Sunshine Coast leaders and practitioners and field trips from Noosa to Moreton Bay.

USC Sustainability Research Centre Director Professor Tim Smith said the delegation, on the Coast from 9-12 September, reflected USC’s growing profile in southeast Asia for its expertise in coastal management and climate change adaptation.

“This builds on several USC-led research initiatives in that region and is linked to the Australian Government’s priorities in strengthening our ties with Asia to build long-term prosperity,” Professor Smith said.

“It will also showcase our work at USC and a range of coastal management initiatives on the Sunshine Coast.”

USC’s Sustainability Research Centre, established six years ago, now comprises more than 60 researchers, including 30 PhD students.

Its focus is on societal adaptations, particularly in the contexts of climate change adaptation, integrated coastal management and water governance.

Sessions during the exchange program will examine climate change, fisheries, ecotourism and how to manage human interaction with protected areas.

“This is very relevant to Vietnam and Soc Trang, where there’s a need to balance livelihood development with biodiversity protection,” he said.

— Julie Schomberg

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