Vietnam Climate Adaptation Planning
Client: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
In Vietnam, Cascadia is empowering urban planners to identify location-specific climate impacts like flooding and sea level rise, and make land-use decisions that improve the climate resilience of new infrastructure investments.

In the coastal city of Hue, Cascadia worked with local staff from the Urban Planning Institute to develop and deploy a customized Vietnamese version of Cascadia’s Climate Impact Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST), which consolidates local climate, geospatial, and policy information and provides recommendations for reducing climate risk. Urban planners have used the tool to develop new climate-resilient plans for three rapidly developing peri-urban communes near Hue. Staff at the Hue Urban Planning Institute are fully trained and responsible for maintaining and updating the tool moving forward.For more information on how the tool has been used in Hue, see our featured article in the featured article in USAID's FrontLines and USAID's fact sheet for this project.

Cascadia is now developing a scaled-up version of the tool that could be applied nationally, in close collaboration with the Vietnam Institute for Urban-Rural Planning (VIUP).

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"Cascadia’s greenhouse gas footprint calculator has been a cornerstone of our work with businesses. The SCP has been told that we have one of the best tools in the country for business use, due to its transparency (all sources and calculations are cited), flexibility (pre-loaded information is available if businesses don’t have access to specific data), and ease-of-use (it’s good even for beginners—there’s a checklist for 'data needed and tips on where to find it)."

-Charlie Cunniff, Seattle Climate Partnership (SCP)