Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Vietnam
Implementation: December 2009 - June 2012
Viet Nam is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change and associated phenomenon such as sea level rise, increased frequency of natural disasters like typhoons, floods and droughts. While Viet Nam's capacity to respond to hydro-meteorological disasters is recognized internationally, the risk reduction, preparedness and coordination phases during the pre-disaster stage needs further strengthening within the current institutional framework. In this context, the agriculture sector is in the front line due to its vulnerability to the impacts of climate events, and its importance to the country' s economy as the largest employer and its role for poverty reduction and food security.
In this context, natural hazards have taken place with unprecedented severity and scale in the northern mountainous regions, devastating small watersheds, causing serious losses in term of human lives, properties and ecological environment. FAO is assisting the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) at national, provincial and district levels in strengthening technical and institutional capacities for integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation actions. The project “Strengthening Capacities to Enhance Coordinated and Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction Actions and Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture in the Northern Mountain Regions of Viet Nam” is implemented in the context of the ONE UN Plan, where UN agencies collaborate under a common umbrella to address needs and priorities in a more effective manner and take advantage from mutual lessons learned, information sharing, training and coordination.The Programme Coordination Group for Natural Disaster Management and Response (PCG10) supports MARD in disaster risk reduction preparedness and response through coordination within all UN Agencies involved. Within PCG10, FAO is responsible and leader for the Agriculture and Food Security component.
The project was implemented by FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Disaster Management Centre (DMC) in close collaboration with the Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute (NOMAFSI), National Hydro-Meteorological Services (NHMS), Crop Production Department of MARD, Province level Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, Viet Nam Red Cross and Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy.