Merging DRR and climate change adaptation in Viet Nam

Agricultural research helps farmers in Vietnam grow more rice and counteract the impacts of climate change on food security. © Philippe Berry, IFPRI, USAID U.S. Agency for International Development, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Viet Nam

Viet Nam has made considerable progress in recent years to increase collaboration between disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation agencies through the promotion of joint initiatives while still maintaining separate ministries for each (SEI, 2014). The National Target Programme on Climate Change was approved in 2009, within which are a significant number of structural and non-structural measures intended to reduce the country’s vulnerability to the projected impacts of climate change and with particular reference to disaster risk mitigation. A number of natural resource management sectors (including agriculture, forestry, fisheries and water resources) have also included DRR rationale, objectives and measures within their sector strategies, target plans and master plans at national and provincial levels. (MARD, 2010)