Promoting Climate Resilient Infrastructure in Northern Mountain Provinces of Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. It suffers from typhoons, floods, droughts, landslides, and forest fires. Flooding triggered by typhoons and storms is the most prevalent natural disaster. In the decade up to 2005, storms caused 6,000 deaths, destroyed 320,000 houses and almost 9,000 boats, and resulted in capital stock loss of more than $2.5 billion, representing about 5% of gross annual capital formation.

This UNDP-GEF/SCCF project aims to address these obstacles through four specific outcomes which collectively seek to build long term resilience into the planning, design and implementation for rural infrastructure within the challenging geographic environment of the northern mountain provinces of Vietnam:

  1. Mainstream climate change adaptation into rural infrastructure policy and planning ;
  2. Enhance capacities for climate resilient infrastructure planning in northern mountain provinces;
  3. Support adoption of low cost physical measures to climate proof rural infrastructure; and
  4. Disseminate best practices and lessons learned. 

Source: UNDP Vietnam Project Identification Form (March 20, 2009) and UNDP Project Brief (November 2011).

Level of Intervention: 
Key Collaborators: 
Country Office
Local Governments
National Governments
Private Sector Partners
Climate-Related Hazards Addressed: 
Drought/Water Scarcity
Sea Level Rise
Thematic Area: 
Infrastructure/Climate Change Risk Management
Implementing Agencies & Partnering Organizations: 
Viet Nam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Provincial People’s Committees of Viet Nam
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Viet Nam Ministry of Construction
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Rural and urban citizens in critical economic areas subject to the adverse impacts of climate change, primarily in coastal zones.
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
3,400,000 (as of November 2011)
Co-Financing Total: 
148,565,000 (as of January 2013)
Project Status: 
Under Implementation