The CEBioS programme is involved in institutional strengthening of Vietnam: Institute of Marine Environment Research (IMER), which also cooperates with the Vrije universiteit Brussels (Project Sequoa), and is part of the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). This intervention aligns well with the ‘Green Growth Strategy’ of Vietnam. Climate adaptation and green growth are the priority sectors of the Belgian cooperation in Vietnam.
The allocated budget (5 yrs) is ca. 75.000 Euro.
The expected outcome is that after five years, IMER is able to better monitor the dynamics of habitats in shallow ecosystems with endangered coral reefs such as Halong Bay, and hence to make the most ecologically sensitive decisions for management, taking into account the ecosystem services for the local communities.
Visit COHERENS website for more information on the numerical model.