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

In the partnership with the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Global Environment Fund (GEF), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Low Emission Capacity Building programme (LECB), Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID) and other international organizations, 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. Through policy advice and technical assistance to national and sub-national institutions, UNDP is a leading partner for sustainable development. Our 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.more

Environment, Climate Change & Disasters

Through policy advice and technical assistance to national and sub-national institutions, UNDP is a leading partner for sustainable development. Our 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.more

Our Stories

Emergency support helps community in early recovery from El-Nino in Ben Tre

For the past 8 months, communities in Ben Tre Province of Viet Nam have been experiencing the most severe drought and saline intrusion in more than 60 years. With water sources dried up or saline contaminated, many of the poorest families have been forced to buy fresh water for their daily needs, at a price they can ill afford.More 

Local people hold the key to forest protection

Like most of the householders in Da Tro village, in Lam Dong, Konsohaput depends entirely on the forest for livelihood. However, until earlier this year, he and the rest of his K’Ho ethnic minority community had very little say in how it was protected.More 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Improving the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change related impacts in Viet Nam

    The GCF-UNDP project will be implemented in 28 coastal provinces and seeks to scale up interventions that are already tested to increase the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities. The project aims to increase the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change related impacts in Viet Nam through: Safe housing to protect vulnerable coastal communities from increased flooding and storms; Robust mangrove coverage to provide a natural buffer between coastal communities and the sea; And enhanced climate risk information to guide climate-resilient and risk-informed planningmore 

  • Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contaminated Hotspots in Vietnam

    This 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 

  • 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 

  • 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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