Vietnam Climate Adaptation Planning
Client: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Cascadia is leading two climate adaptation projects in Vietnam: 1) a pilot project in the coastal city of Hue, Vietnam, and 2) a national-level project that will encompass the country’s 750 cities. The objective of the pilot project is to develop and deploy a customized Vietnamese version of Cascadia’s Climate Impact Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST) that will be used by local city staff to improve the city’s resilience to climate change impacts. To customize the tool, the Cascadia team worked closely with local staff from the Urban Planning Institute in Hue and other City and provincial departments to collect and generate key climate and policy information. Upon completion, the tool was transferred to designated staff at the Hue Urban Planning Institute, who are fully trained and responsible for maintaining the updating the tool moving forward. Since transfer of the tool in August 2013, urban planners have used the tool to develop three new climate-resilient urban plans: for Vinh Thanh, Vinh Hien, and Dien Loc communes . For more information on how the tool has been used in Hue, see our featured article in the January/February 2014 issue of USAID's FrontLines.

The pilot in Hue serves as a model for the second component of the project: a scaled-up, national-level version of the tool. The national tool is being developed in close collaboration with key staff from the Vietnam Institute for Urban-Rural Planning (VIUP)), a government entity that will be responsible for managing and updating the tool after its development and initial deployment. The objective of this national tool will be to provide an avenue for local urban planners and decision makers across geographic areas to receive nationally-accepted, yet locally-relevant information and guidance on climate change that can be considered and incorporated into planning decisions. The outcomes from this project represent a key step towards achieving the goals set forth by the country’s primary climate change policy, the National Target Programme on Climate Change, which calls for local capacity development, technology development, and mainstreaming of climate change issues into local development strategies, plans, and planning.

The program is being conducted with in-country support from the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), is funded through USAID’s Climate Change Resilient Development project, and managed by Engility Corporation.

For more information, see USAID’s official fact sheet for this project.

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