Environment, Climate Change & Disasters

Viet Nam, a natural disaster prone country particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, faces new challenges as it continues its development journey. A growing population, increased urbanization and rapid economic development are posing great pressures on natural resources and the environment, while economic growth patterns and technologies are not energy efficient, leading to rising greenhouse gas emissions. Together, these high impact issues have collided to threaten the country’s sustainable development.

Our Goals

UNDP has been quick to help Viet Nam identify and respond to these challenges in an agile and sustainable manner. The ONE Plan 2012-2016, under which UNDP operates, sets targets to support the Government in the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements to achieve Millennium Development Goals and Viet Nam’s development targets. more

Environment, Climate Change & Disasters

Through policy advice and technical assistance to national and sub-national institutions, UNDP’s support is focused in five main areas of work: climate change and green growth, energy efficiency, REDD+, biodiversity conservation and environmental management as well as disaster risk reduction. Photo: “Mother’s Love” wins the first prize of the photo and logo design contest on Biodiversity in Viet Nam. Photographer: Le Minh Ngocmore

Our Stories

Global initiative offers hope for hill tribe in Viet Nam

Like most of the K'Ho ethnic minority people living Preteng village, in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam, K'Sau is a person of the forest. The 30-years-old man and his family fully depend on the forests, particularly to meet their needs for fuel, water and food.More 

Truc is discussing with households to collect information for Dinh Trung commune historical map

Women’s roles increasing in Viet Nam disaster risk reduction efforts

“Sometimes elder male colleagues treated me like I am a young girl”, says Nguyen Thi Truc, a 24-year-old environment official in Viet Nam’s Dinh Trung commune. Truc has found it difficult to be respected as a women working in disaster risk management.More 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Strengthening capacity on climate change initiatives in the Industry and Trade sectors

    The project objective is to strengthen the capacity of policy makers and stakeholders in the industry sector to reduce GHG emissions, enhance climate resilience and exploit associated green trade opportunities. It aims at removing barriers that are restricting industrial enterprises in Viet Nam from adopting technologies to improve resource efficiency and productivity, business and trade practices to improve resource efficiency, productivity and competitiveness in national and international markets.more 

  • Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contaminated Hotspots in Vietnam

    his project will help the Vietnamese Government to remove the barriers in order to effectively contain and/or remediate the highly dioxin-contaminated material in the three main hotspot areas (Da Nang, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat) and help to address the technical, institutional, financial as well as societal root causes for enabling Viet Nam to address additional sites of concern.more 

  • Developing national biodiversity strategy and action plan and mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into provincial planning

    The project will provide technical assistance to the Government of Vietnam (GoV) to address the above-mentioned barriers. More specifically, it will promote biodiversity conservation through the updating of the country’s NBSAP; enhance government capacity for the implementation of the new NBSAP, including monitoring and reporting on the status biodiversity to the CBD and the national assembly; and mainstream biodiversity priorities into provincial land-use plans. The project will also help the GoV to fulfil its commitments to associated international conventions it has ratified.more 

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