Environment, Climate Change & Disasters

  • If current trends continue, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Still, worldwide plastic consumption is expected to quadruple during this time. Besides, plastics have become the fastest-growing source of industrial greenhouse gases emissions. Plastic pollution has numerous adverse economic, social, and environmental impacts. In particular, marine plastic pollution costs up to $2.5 billion per year in lost marine ecosystem services. Tackling plastic pollution will require multi-stakeholder collaboration and engagement.

  • The D-MOSS project is developing a forecasting system in which Earth Observation datasets are combined with weather forecasts and an hydrological model to predict the likelihood of future dengue epidemics up to eight months in advance.

  • Waste management has become a major concern in Viet Nam, as waste generation is increasing at an unprecedented pace and is projected to triple over the next 15 years. Currently, the country does not have the capacity to effectively handle this waste: 70% is disposed in landfills where the implementation of environmental standards is limited; while the rest is burned or discarded in nature, with much of it eventually ending up into the sea. The complex structure of solid waste management at the policy and governance level, together with the lack of reliable data and poor regional coordination worsen the situation. Citizens and businesses are not generally aware of the negative impacts improper waste management causes on human health, in addition to soil, air and water pollution; which calls for increased investment in education. Similarly, Viet Nam has become a major producer and consumer of plastic, with immediate negative consequences in terms of marine pollution, population wellbeing, and on the tourism and fishery industries. Finally, the circular economy approach is relatively unknown, while the linear economy (take, make, waste) is widely employed by business in Viet Nam.

  • Over the years, Vietnam has suffered from many types of natural disasters, causing great losses in terms of people, assets, infrastructure, adverse impacts on the living environment, production and business of people. Although, Vietnam has made good progress in disaster response that helps the country to reduce impacts of disasters on its people, there remained limitations in terms of disaster recovery. In fact, disaster recovery has not received sufficient attention from key actors, showing limits in recovery assignments.

  • The “Typhoon Damrey Housing Rehabilitation and Recovery’ project helps rebuild 300 houses completely destroyed or heavily damaged by typhoon Damrey in 3 provinces of Quang Nam, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa. The new houses will use the typhoon resilient house designs which have been approved by the Ministry of Construction.

  • Typhoon Damrey made landfall on 4 November 2017, causing flooding in 15 provinces of Central Viet Nam and creating acute food security, water and sanitation, shelter and livelihood needs. More than 4.3 million people were affected in the peaks of the floods, with more than 400,000 people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance from national and international partners.

  • The project aims to increase the awareness of the children in schools for Tsunami/disaster preparedness and be the agent of change in their community disaster preparedness activities/plans.

  • The project objective is the continued reduction of environmental and health risks through POPs and harmful chemicals release reduction achieved by provision of an integrated institutional and regulatory framework covering management and reporting of POPs and harmful chemicals within a national sound chemicals management framework and targeted development of POPs contaminated sites management capacity that builds on experience from GEF-4 projects and specifically built a management plan at provincial level to assess risk and implement release reduction measures at all the POPs contaminated sites in two provinces.

  • The objective of the Project is to reduce the annual growth rate of GHG emissions by displacing the use of fossil fuels and the usage of good quality soil for brick making through the increased production, sale and utilization of non-fired bricks (NFBs) in Viet Nam.

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