Development and Implementation of Climate Change Adaption Measures in Coastal Areas in Vietnam (VIETADAPT)

Project Description

Vietnam is identified by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as one of the countries likely to be most affected by climate change. The country is expected to be severely affected by sea level rise and changing precipitation and typhoon patterns, among others.

Recognizing potential impacts of climate change, the Government of Vietnam has approved the National Target Program to Respond to Climate Change (NTP-RCC) in December 2008. The VIETADAPT project has the overall objective to “Contribute to the establishment of the Vietnamese Climate Change Adaptation Strategy by developing local level planning procedures and adaptation measures”. The project will contribute to the development of the Strategy by deriving applicable climate change adaptation measures that serve as a model for other areas in Vietnam.

The VIETADAPT project directly contributes to the development lines of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs of “Sustainable development” and “Poverty Reduction”. Implementing Climate change adaptation at local level, and in close cooperation with local planners, the project will further develop technologies and tools developed in Finland, and seek for their implementation at grass root level.

The project works as a joint effort of several Vietnamese and Finnish counterparts. The Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IMHEN), allocated under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) is one of the public bodies responsible for implementing the NTP-RCC. The Vietnamese Centre for Water Resources Planning and Investigation (CWRPI) is responsible to ensure clean water supply. CWRPI is to contribute to the NTP-RCC by conducting surveys of climate change impact on groundwater resources - which have not been carried out in Vietnam to date. The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) will exchange expertise of conducting such groundwater surveys with its background experience from Finland and the Baltic Sea Region. The Finnish Environmental Institute’s (SYKE) expertise is used in assessing environmental assets and especially in developing coastal spatial planning approaches.

Services provided by SYKE

  • Assessment of environmental assets in coastal areas
  • Developing coastal spatial planning approaches
  • Applying model predictions for coastal and off-shore planning
  • Developing climate change and socio-economic scenarios for local climate change adaptation

More information

Ms. Tea Törnroos, Head of International Affairs Unit, Finnish Environment Institute

Published 2013-04-09 at 15:13, updated 2013-05-06 at 13:53