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Vietnamese Cities Adopt Measures to Build Resilience to Climate Change

City and local government officials shared lessons from their experience building resilience to climate change with an audience including national Ministries, city leaders, local champions, international agencies, NGOs and expert practitioners as part of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN).

Hanoi, November 24, 2016 – Vietnamese cities are leading the response to climate change by adopting measures to reduce the risk of future climate disasters. This was the message shared in the international workshop “Sustaining Urban Resilience in Vietnam – Lessons from 7 years of ACCCRN” organized in Hanoi by the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), the Country Coordinator of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) program in Vietnam.

Vietnam is one of the five countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change impacts, because of its long coastline and low-lying coastal and delta areas. Climate change will probably bring more extreme precipitation, storms, floods and droughts to Vietnamese cities, which are expanding rapidly, especially in coastal areas, exposing more and more of their population, infrastructure and economic investment to these risks.

In 2008, the Government of Vietnam approved the National Target Program on Climate Change (NTPRCC), which identified climate impacts as a threat to the country’s social and economic development and promoted adaptation actions to respond to these. In 2009, the Rockefeller Foundation selected 3 Vietnamese cities of Can Tho, Da Nang, Quy Nhon to become part of its regional ACCCRN program, joining 7 other cities in Thailand, India, and Indonesia. This program provided technical supp