HCM CITY Improved linkages with international organisations are needed to hasten the progress of HCM City's climate-adaptation action programmes, experts said at a workshop held in HCM City yesterday.
The workshop, organised by the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment in collaboration with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, assessed the status of the city's programmes and received suggestions from experts on the city's new Climate Action Plan for the 2020-30 period.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Excellency Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh
Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung
Ho Chi Minh City Party Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan
Ministers and leaders of central ministries and agencies
Provincial Party Secretaries and Chairmen of Mekong Delta provinces, and Can Tho
Ambassadors, Development Partners, representatives of the diplomatic corps
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
The Mekong Delta Water Management for Rural Development project created gains in agricultural productivity for local farmers, provided access to water supply for rural households, and contributed to climate change adaptation and resilience. Overall, the project contributed towards improving the livelihoods of farmers and residents in the Mekong Delta.
Vung Tau City, Viet Nam, 25 April 2019 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today announced a new effort to address flood and drought issues in the Mekong region, and set new policies to strengthen internal control and operation within its Secretariat.
Viet Nam is one of the ten countries most affected by climate change. It’s had more frequent and unpredictable extreme weather in recent years, with disastrous and often deadly consequences.
“We used to dream of a safe house every night,” says Nguyen Thi Mua.
Mua and her husband and four children live in Vinh Hai commune in coastal Vietnam, where extreme weather is now a fact of life. In 2017 alone, 16 typhoons hit Viet Nam. More than 350 people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed.
Ha Noi, 17 January 2019 – With support from the Green Climate Fund, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other partners, Viet Nam is preparing to build more than 1,300 storm-resilient houses and to plant or regenerate 1,300 hectares of coastal mangroves over the coming year.
When Trin Gim first started her biogas digester business, she raised many eyebrows. In the little district of Ung Hoa, located south of Viet Nam’s capital, Hanoi, villagers were not accustomed to seeing a woman take the reins of a business. But eight years later, Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success, but has played a role in a larger fight in Viet Nam against the devastating impacts of climate change.
The People's Committee of Quang Ngai province has just approved Decision No. 490/QD-UBND approving the project "Improving the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change related impacts in Quang Ngai province" funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently worked with the leaders of six Northwest mountainous provinces including Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Dien Bien, Lai Chau and Son La on the project “Rural development in natural disasters adaptation”.
A French Development Agency (AFD) delegation led by Fabrice Richy, director of AFD in Viet Nam, had a working meeting with the leaders of four provinces Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Ninh Binh and Ha Tinh where are implementing Urban Infrastructure Improvement Project to Reduce Impact of Climate Change.
The Urban Infrastructure Improvement Project aims to mitigate climate change impacts in four provinces with a total investment of over 157 million euro, of which AFD has contributed nearly 128 million euro, and the rest has been contributed by Vietnam's counterpart fund. .
Viet Nam embracing climate action in pursuit of a more sustainable, resilient future
With significant economic growth over recent decades, Viet Nam is widely considered a development success story. Once one of the poorest nations in the world, the country of almost 100 million citizens is now lower middle-income with aspirations of becoming industrialized by the year 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.