Building Resilience of Communities to Recurrent Natural Disasters, particularly Flash Floods in the Upland Areas of Viet Nam


Viet Nam is highly prone to natural disasters, with more than 7,500 disaster-related deaths and about VND40,800 billion (EUR 2.0 billion)  in losses over the last 10 years. The government has estimated that accumulated flash floods account for more than 6% of deaths and 5% of total economic losses over the last ten years. 

The losses caused by these disasters and their impacts on often the most remote and poorest areas of the country have become apparent.

The country’s diverse typography and exposure to various types of hazards makes it essential for the government and local actors to develop disaster preparedness and mitigation strategies that are appropriate to a wide range of geographical zones and different ethnic groups

Given the need, at a national level, to specifically address the problems related to flash floods and extend disaster management programs to remote and ethnic minority areas, the purpose of this project is to demonstrate good practices in community based disaster risk reduction at selected areas in Viet Nam that highly vulnerable to this type of disaster in different parts of the country. This selection includes Lao Cai in the northern uplands, and Kon Tum in the Central Highlands.

This project is one of many interventions of UNDP large technical support programme to Disaster Risk Reduction in Vietnam, that aims to support growth that is more equitable, inclusive and sustainable and enhance capacity to effectively reduce risks of, and respond to, climate-related disasters, particularly among the most vulnerable groups.

It is estimated that 68,000 local people in 10 communes in Lao Cai and Kon Tum will potentially be benefited from the project awareness raising activities, impacts of the IEC materials distributed to these communes and through improved capacities of province and district authorities. at larger scale, other communities within the project province would also benefit from the project through exchange of lesson learnt and information.



What are the project's key results?

  • Capacities of commune, district and provincial trainers, are improved, as are tools and methods to undertake risk assessment, risk reduction planning and advocacy to mainstream CBDRM.
  • Increased awareness levels, capacities and applied practice to reduce vulnerability to flash floods, landslides and other natural hazards in 6 project communes, and significantly increased potential for reduced vulnerability in all upland communities.
  • Increased institutional capacities for mainstreaming CBDRM and DRR planning in national, provincial and district, and social economic development strategies, plans, and annual budgets, specifically for the reduction of vulnerabilities to flash floods and landslides and in collaboration with other partners.

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency

Project Number Funding Executing Agency Implementing Agency
00047600 US$ 550,589 of which US$ 26,897 from UNDP and US$ 523,692 from EC/ECHO People Committee of Lao Cai province Canadian Centre for International Cooperation and Studies (CECI), and People Committee of Kon Tum province

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

Year   Delivery (USD)
2007 183,221

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