Blue Planning in Practice in the Mekong Delta

Blue Planning in Practice in the Mekong Delta

Written by Silke Bommersheim, ICMP (GIZ Vietnam) and Carolin Hoffmann, Blue Solutions

A training on “Blue Planning in Practice” took place in the Mekong Delta from April 11-13, 2018. More than 20 representatives from all 7 coastal provinces of the Mekong Delta as well as representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) and related institutes strengthened their skill set on coastal and marine spatial planning for practitioners. The 3-day training course started with a high-level event on April 10 and took participants to the fictitious coastal country “Bakul”.


The training focused on several core elements of Marine and Coastal Spatial Planning, such as the identification of need, process design, the organization of stakeholder participation, the analysis of current and future conditions, as well as drafting and approving a spatial plan.
Participants appreciated the didactical methodology of the training, which comprises case work, participatory exercises, presentations and real cases of Marine Spatial Planning.
One of the key learnings of the group concerned the importance of participation and communication not only in the training context, but also between the different stakeholders and sectors engaged in marine spatial planning processes.

The training was jointly organized by the Integrated Coastal Management Programme (ICMP) and the Blue Solutions Initiative. For more information on Marine Spatial Planning, watch this short video on “Marine Spatial Planning in a nutshell” – now also available with Vietnamese subtitles.