Increasing the resilience to climate change for coastal residents in Vietnam

Sunday, 2017-07-16 06:03:53
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NDO - The Prime Minister has recently approved in principle the project on increasing the resilience to climate change for coastal residents in Vietnam.

The project, approved by the Green Climate Fund in 2016, has been developed as a partnership between the UNDP, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of Planning and Investment and coastal provinces.

The project is to be implemented in Hanoi and seven provinces including Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Ngai, Quang Binh, Quang Nam and Ca Mau from 2017 to 2021 with a total investment of US$ 41.79 million.

It will focus on supporting communities vulnerable to natural disasters in order to protect them from the impacts of frequent typhoons and floods as well as improve their livelihoods.

It also aims to strengthen the resilience to extreme climate phenomena for impoverished people in rural areas, many of whom are women and from ethnic minorities.

Vietnam is one of the 30 countries rated as being at “extreme risk” of climate change by Maplecroft, a global risk and strategic consulting firm based in the UK, in its Climate Change Vulnerability Index within the next 30 years via 42 socio-economic and environmental factors.

During 1992-2012, natural disasters claimed the lives of 457 people, destroying over 96,000 houses, and caused losses equivalent to 1.3% of GDP each year.

The rate of poor households accounts for 23% in coastal areas, two times higher than the average rate of the country, which is has been partly due to natural disaster-related losses.