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28 Jan 2018 description
report European Union

Ho Chi Minh City, 26/01/2018 - 10:05, UNIQUE ID: 180126_4

A Seminar, discussing the final results of two scientific studies on coastal erosion in two provinces: Ca Mau and Tien Giang in the Mekong Delta took place today at the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research (SIWRR) in Ho Chi Minh City. The studies have been conducted under the support by the European Union (EU) and organised by the Agence Francaise de Developpement to Viet Nam in implementing its commitments at COP 21.

24 Jan 2018 description

This report evaluates the impact of the natural disasters and extreme weather events that occurred worldwide during 2017 and provides an overview of global economic losses.

23 Jan 2018 description

Ha Noi – IOM and the Institute of Sociology (IOS), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, have released a new report: Planned Relocation in the Context of Environmental Change in Hoa Binh Province, Northern Viet Nam: An Analysis of Household Decision-making and Relocation Outcomes.

The study assesses the implementation and outcomes of planned relocation in the Hoa Binh Relocation Project, which aims to relocate 1,200 families from two remote communes in the mountainous Northwest region that face high natural disaster risks.

17 Jan 2018 description

The new article “The evolving local social contract for managing climate and disaster risk in Vietnam” in the journal Disasters examines how local government authorities in Central Vietnam perceive their role in disaster risk reduction. The article finds that extreme climate events, such as floods and storms, can act as critical junctures and contribute to institutional change. This has been the case in Vietnam, where damaging floods and storms have led to improved practices of disaster risk reduction and response among local officials.

21 Dec 2017 description

by Madelline Romero

Researchers from eight Asian countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam – gathered on December 12-13, 2017 in Haikou City, China, to form the Asian Forage Legumes Network.

This is in response to the increasing pressure for farming systems in Asia to produce more without causing further harm to the environment.

19 Dec 2017 description

Abstract

This vulnerability assessment was conducted for the project “Generating evidence base for upscaling local adaptation through Climate-Smart Agriculture” under the CGIAR Research Program Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This report covers the My Loi climate-smart village (CSV) project site in Vietnam. A separate study is conducted for the sites in the Philippines.

14 Dec 2017 description

Bangkok, Thailand, December 14 2017 – This week during Asia Pacific Climate Week, UNDP launched a Guidance Note on how to create and refine Climate Change Financing Frameworks – the flagship product of UNDP's Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme (GCCF).

04 Dec 2017 description

The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (RAII-SeA-SWFDP) Regional Sub-project Management Team (RSMT) Meeting; the Southeast Asia Flash Flood Guidance (SEAFFG) System Initial Planning Meeting; and the First Southeast Asia Steering Committee (SEA-SC) Meeting of the project “Building Resilience to High-Impact Hydro meteorological Events through Strengthening MHEWS in SIDS and SEA” was held by the National Hydro-Meteorological Service in collaboration with World Meteorological Organization in Hanoi during 20-23 November 2017.

04 Dec 2017 description

On November 23, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc chaired the first meeting of the Regional Steering Committee for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RSC) for the Project: "Building Resilience to High-Impact Hydrometeorological Events through the Strengthening of Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) in Small Island Developing States”.

24 Nov 2017 description

Ha Noi, 24 November 2017 – Implementation of Viet Nam’s first project funded by the Green Climate Fund, 'Improving resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change-related impacts in Viet Nam', took a step forward today with completion of an inception workshop.

18 Nov 2017 description

JAKARTA, 17 November 2017 – ASEAN officials in charge of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) committed themselves to strengthening integration of actions in their respective agencies that will effectively address disaster risk and climate change, with particular focus on water-related disasters including flood, storm, landslide and drought.

15 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Resilient Transport Vital to Curb Disaster Losses in Small Island Developing States

Improved policies alone could reduce the impact of natural disasters on well-being by 13 to 25% in small island countries

15 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Pascal Laureyn

PHNOM PENH, Nov 14 2017 (IPS) - In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making.

14 Nov 2017 description

Last week Typhoon Damrey ripped through central Viet Nam. More than 100 people lost their lives, while more than 130,000 homes were damaged or flooded. Winds of up to 135 km/hour battered provinces like Khanh Hoa- an area historically has been spared such ferocious storms in the past. It was particularly poignant that the storm struck as high level global conferences were bringing world leaders together to discuss both the global impact of Climate Change and Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

10 Nov 2017 description
report Germanwatch

Climate Risk Index shows vulnerability of small island states

Increased intensity of storms takes a toll on small island states and poor countries / Since 1997, over 520,000 people have been killed by more than 11,000 extreme weather events

08 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

BONN, Germany, Nov 8 2017 (IPS) - November 8 marks the fourth anniversary of Haiyan’s landfall in the Philippines. The super typhoon was the strongest ever to make landfall.

Today, the world continues to be devastated by even more extreme weather events. This year alone saw flooding in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, and the United States; drought in Somalia; Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in the Caribbean and the U.S.; and just last week, Storm Herwart in Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland.

06 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Convened under the Presidency of Fiji, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) will make history as the first-ever small island state COP. The negotiations will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Center in Bonn.

  • To support the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, the Bank Group is ramping up action around key focus areas such as mobilizing climate finance and supporting vulnerable countries to build resilience to climate impacts.

06 Nov 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

YÊN BÁI — In recent years, the mountainous province of Yên Bái in the north has consistently been among the hardest hit by natural disasters.

However, it is patently obvious that human activities have exacerbated the devastation caused.

Many serious cases of deforestation have been uncovered in the province, but nothing much comes out of it. There is some public outrage, followed by “disciplinary actions” and “warnings” being doled out against some “bad seeds” officials.

03 Nov 2017 description

This is one of the outcomes of the project "Building response capacity, recovery and adaptation to disaster risks and climate for men and women" (RADCC) in Ben Tre province.

The project funded by the New Zealand Agency for International Development via the Oxfam Foundation. The total capital disbursed was over 60.8 billion.

The project will be implemented from December 2012 to October 2017. 15 communes in three coastal districts of Ba Tri, Binh Dai and Thanh Phu will benefit from the project.

24 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Foreword

Vietnam’s economic success, initiated by the Đổi Mới reforms in the late 1980s, lifted over 40 million people out of poverty. Lately, however, Vietnam has been facing a new wave of challenges. Adverse impacts of natural hazard shocks and rapid degradation of natural resources threaten its gross domestic product (GDP) and related social development gains. The 2015–2016 drought and saltwater intrusion (SWI) event has had far-reaching socioeconomic effects, including food insecurity, water scarcity, associated health issues, and loss of livestock.