As a momentous joint event organized by two pioneering projects, LIRLAP (Linking disaster risk governance and land-use planning) and KAHR (Climate Adaptation, Flood, Resilience), the International Conference on Recovery and Reconstruction took place at the esteemed TU Dortmund University, Germany on July 4, 2023. Funded by the prestigious German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), both LIRLAP and KAHR projects are committed to exploring innovative solutions and addressing the pressing challenges posed by natural hazards, particularly devastating flooding events.

Delegates attending the International conference on recovery and reconstruction

A myriad of pivotal topics was deliberated during the conference, spanning diverse fields to foster a holistic and all-encompassing approach towards recovery and reconstruction. Prominent themes included problem-solving expertise in the context of disaster management, innovative approaches to hazard and risk modeling, sustainable urban development strategies, and the integration of disaster risk management into policy frameworks at all levels. Participants explored cutting-edge methodologies and best practices aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of floods and enhancing resilience in the face of future hazards.

Notably, the conference showcased the exceptional contributions of researchers and practitioners from Germany, Vietnam, The Philippines, Thailand, and Japan. Representing Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Trong Phuong, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, VNUA, delivered a thought-provoking presentation on the "Overview of Strategic Spatial Planning in Emerging Land-Use in Hanoi". His insightful insights shed light on the pressing need for sustainable land-use practices in rapidly urbanizing regions, emphasizing the importance of strategic spatial planning to minimize vulnerability to disasters like floods.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Trong Phuong presents at the conference

Another distinguished speaker, Dr. Ngo Thanh Son, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, VNUA, presented an engaging discourse on "Flood Risk Management and Local Knowledge Adaptation Experiences in Central Vietnam". His presentation underscored the significance of incorporating local knowledge and traditional practices into contemporary flood risk management strategies. By drawing on the wisdom and experiences of communities in Central Vietnam, Dr. Ngo Thanh Son highlighted the potential for community-led adaptation measures that align with the unique socio-cultural context of the region.

Dr. Ngo Thanh Son presents his research at the conference.

Throughout the conference, fruitful discussions, networking opportunities, and collaborative initiatives were fostered, emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation and knowledge exchange in the field of disaster recovery and reconstruction. Participants were encouraged to forge new partnerships, share expertise, and collectively work towards building a more resilient and sustainable future for vulnerable communities facing the threat of natural hazards.

In conclusion, the International Conference on Recovery and Reconstruction at TU Dortmund University was a resounding success, leaving an indelible mark to address the complexities of disaster recovery and reconstruction. By bringing together experts and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and geographical locations, the conference contributed to the advancement of knowledge, policies, and practices aimed at safeguarding lives and promoting sustainable development in the face of increasing disaster risks. As the world continues to grapple with the challenges posed by natural hazards, the collaborative efforts initiated during this conference will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping a safer, more resilient, and better-prepared global community.

Some photos of the discussion and field excursion


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Trong Phuong

Dean of Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment (VNUA)

LIRLAP Project