Support to the Disaster Management System in Viet Nam


This project builds on the success of the National Strategy and Action Plan for Water Disaster Mitigation, which established the first nationwide water disaster information and monitoring system. It takes the lessons learned in water disaster management and applies them to non-water and man-made disasters, from the provincial level down to districts and communes.

Under this project, the second national strategy and action plan for common disasters in Viet Nam was prepared. Unlike the first strategy, this is a national effort with contributions from 40 local experts from different sectors. Compiled from studies on 12 of the country’s most frequent disasters, the strategy and plan were well received in a workshop attended by disaster mitigation experts from around the world.

Local officials have been trained in disaster management planning, communication and responses. Thousands of school children in selected communes have been taught how to protect themselves and their families from floods and storms.

The project supported the Disaster Management Unit’s (DMU) Vietnamese-language intranet, in making current, high-quality disaster-related information available in all 61 provinces. This information empowers authorities to make well-informed decisions when responding to natural disasters. 

The project also acts as a reference centre for disaster mitigation information. The DMU web site is the CCFSC’s principal vehicle for disseminating disaster management information locally and internationally. The DMU website is updated daily with disaster situation reports, enabling national and international agencies to target emergency relief.

The success of the DMU has attracted more funding from the United States Agency for International Development and the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance. This support will be used to pilot new technologies for disaster mitigation in Asia, including the preparation of natural disaster zoning maps, and the installation of river flood warning systems in Viet Nam’s central provinces. 

Finally, the project has helped extend disaster warning to the public at large. It established a computer graphics package for Viet Nam Television to disseminate early warnings of disasters. It will also build on Viet Nam’s existing radio network to establish an effective storm warning system to protect the life of more than 3 million people in fishing villages along the country’s coastline.

What are the project's key results?

  • The second strategy and action plan for disaster preparedness and mitigation is being reviewed by the Government for approval.
  • A pilot disaster preparedness training programme has been successfully carried out and is being replicated by the Red Cross.
  • The DMU network has been recognised as one of the best systems worldwide.

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency

Project Number Funding Executing Agency Implementing Agency
VIE/97/002 US$1,368,995 from UNDP US$182,559 from the European Community Humanitarian Office, US$994,000 from Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control (CCFSC) Standing Office of the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control

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