Goals of the Task
The goal of this task is the assessment of the impact of the measures proposed by RP on the case city beyond the cost-benefit argument. The regional value added of trans-sectoral synergies shall stress the important role and impact of the RP approach under consideration of social, ecological and economic aspects.
Work done to achieve the goals
Research on and development of a methodology to visualise the regional value added is in progress. The identification of the synergies between the RP sectors represents an important input for this task that is still in the development process on the overall project level.
The methodology will be further developed and trans-sectoral interlinkages for the evaluation will be identified – with the help of the output of the meetings of RP sector experts as well as local experts in the case cities. Based on social, ecological and economic indicators, trans-sectoral synergies will be assessed regarding their regional impacts and their value added for the region. The approach will follow the framework methodology developed by IZES in Task 5.6.
The in-depth research started with the investigation of the agricultural sector and the regional value added potential of synergies between the agricultural sector and the other sectors (energy, waste, water and wastewater) during a 3-weeks research visit in February/March 2017. Meetings were held with
- the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Da Nang,
- the Plant protection agency Da Nang,
- the Livestock production agency Da Nang and
- representatives of Hoa Vang rural district.
Content of the meetings was the provision of information on agriculture in Da Nang and especially in the Hoa Vang district, on risks and challenges of the agricultural production, the possibility of implementing trans-sectoral synergies and its potential impacts.
Fig. 68: Urban Agriculture in Da Nang
Results so far
The work on Task 8.5 has just started in quarter IV 2016 – in accordance with the project proposal – and the method as well as the determination of the “achieved and achievable” trans-sectoral interlinkages is in the development process,
First results of the (for the moment qualitative) assessment of the potential impacts of the use of organic waste as fertiliser in Da Nang (a synergy between the waste and the agricultural sector) can be described as follows:
- higher yields = higher incomes
- substitution of expensive, imported mineral fertiliser
- support of organic agriculture
- (self-)supply of poorer people
- increase of organic matter in soil
Main identified barriers for a successful implementation are a general lack of knowledge and willingness (as consequence of the old age of most farmers), alternative uses of organic waste (e.g. biogas) and challenges regarding market access, certification and marketing of own products (fertiliser and food).