The project developed a Sustainable Urban Development approach to improve the planning of city’s water services, through which to build and enhance the resilience of the city and local communities to future challenges. It provided knew knowledge, solution options, and assessment methodologies to support planning and investment decisions to improve access to clean water and sanitation, and manage the impacts of urban development on the local environment.

The principles of Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) approach was applied to demonstrate its suitability to local conditions. The case study city for the project is Can Tho, the centre city of Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

Stakeholder engagement is a key process in the project. An inclusive participatory approach is used to engage and share the ownership of the outputs with the local governmental agencies and the research partner at Can Tho University. The process also includes direct participation of the key stakeholders in the project execution and communication with wider stakeholder community to ensure social and political acceptance, facilitating adoption and implementation of the research outputs.

The project was undertaken from October 2010 to June 2014, included three focuses. It was evaluated by the key stakeholders in a survey in 2014 as having strong influences and impacts in capacity building, policy/program development for the local government, and implementation, adoption and scaling-out.

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