Integrating Ecosystem-Based Approaches into Flood Risk Management for Adaptive and Sustainable Urban Development in Central Viet Nam (FloodAdaptVN)
August 2019 - January 2021 | Vietnam
The final beneficiary will be the people in the Thua Thien Huế province as well as local beneficiaries involved in regional planning, construction, agriculture, rural development and the management of disaster risk.
The project aims at providing knowledge-based solutions to tackle an increasingly pressing global problem of high relevance to the United Nations and the UN System: the assessment, understanding and ultimately reduction of current and future urban disaster risks in low elevation coastal zones. In doing so, the project directly contributes to the objectives of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) as well as to the achievement of the SDGs (notably #11, 13 and 17).

Project Overview

Central Viet Nam is characterized by rapid urbanization, particularly in small and medium-sized coastal cities. At the same time, the region is facing an increase in precipitation and heavy rainfall events, which, combined with land use changes, result in more frequent and intense flooding. In this context, the overall aim of the FloodAdaptVN project is to analyze and ultimately reduce present-day and future flood risk in highly flood prone urban regions of Central Viet Nam using the city of Hué and its hinterland as a case study. More specifically, the project aims at:

1. Better understanding drivers, hotspots and dynamics of present-day and future flood risk;

2. Investigating both, entry points for and barriers to the implementation of (ecosystem-based) solutions for flood risk reduction, risk transfer, and adaptation solutions;

3. Developing a decision support tool for prioritizing among different risk reduction and adaptation measures based on their impact reduction, social acceptance, long-term sustainability and cost-efficiency using the Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA) methodology.

FloodAdaptVN is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the funding initiative “Sustainable Development of Urban Regions”.

MCII has identified the development and implementation of the ECA framework as a strategic priority to further its mission statement. This could include providing guidance on topics including risk management, risk transfer, and the identification of insurance approaches within a public risk management strategy. There is a process between MCII and UNU-EHS to promote the ECA framework. We are leading one work package dedicated to the creation and implementation of a decision support system on adaptation measures including risk transfer and ecosystem based adaptation. We also contribute to other work packages by providing input and guidance on topics including risk management, risk transfer, and innovative ways of applying risk transfer approaches towards the fulfillment of the project objectives.

Our Project Partners

We are partnered with UNU-EHS, DLR – German Aerospace Center, Universität Tübingen, GEOMER, IZES – Institute for Future Energy Systems, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Hue University, Hue University of Sciences, Peoples Committee Hue Province, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Viet Nam, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Viet Nam