See and realise changes – Vietnam
This project has initiated a process to help communities in the Mekong Delta identify and respond
to alterations in climate. “See and realise changes” will incorporate the management of
coastal resources and the development of sustainable coastal livelihoods in its efforts to manage
disaster risks and adapt to climate change. Through these efforts, the project’s organizers
hope to make the most vulnerable communities more resilient to the climatic variations already
- Nearly 50 communities to participate
- 300,000 people in target areas
Vietnam is very vulnerable to climate change, particularly in the Mekong Delta where rising sea levels,
saltwater intrusion, and flooding already affect vulnerable coastal communities. Rainfall has become less
predictable, temperatures are fluctuating greatly, storms have become more extreme, and ocean levels are
rising. This is degrading ecosystems and decreasing the availability of land for farming. This makes it
harder for people to survive off the land and sea as they have traditionally.
Through the support of Oxfam, this project helps communities
identify local risks that need to be addressed, and develop strategies for responding to them. The process
starts with a baseline survey to assess the current status of the communities. People in the communities
are then educated on vulnerabilities and risk. They will determine the characteristics that define
resilient communities, including sustainable livelihoods and natural resource management. They will
also be directly involved in identifying options to adapt and respond to natural disasters, and identify
potential funding sources.
Helping the planet
Natural disaster management could include measures to protect ecosystems, such as mangrove swamps that act
as natural barriers against storm surges. Resilience measures could also be tied to better management of
natural resources such as fisheries. Developing sustainable livelihoods prevents the over-extraction of
natural resources, averting further environmental degradation.
Better preparation for natural disasters can benefit communities by saving lives and preventing property
damage. Developing new or altered ways of making a living in a changing environment increases the
communities’ ability to survive and thrive.
Adaptation and disaster planning at the community level are intended to become a part of economic planning.
This would allow other communities to reap benefits of the project’s results.
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