Needs Assessment: Vietnam Climate Impacts Decision Support Tool
This needs assessment report was among a series of documents that guided the customization of a climate impacts planning tool for cities in Vietnam. It is a part of USAID’s engagement with Vietnam to help it adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The need for considering and incorporating climate into Vietnam’s development, it states, is clear: Vietnam is one of the most climate-exposed countries on Earth, with a large percentage of its population living in natural hazard zones that are threatened by impacts such as sea level rise, tropical storms and floods. Many of its cities are also experiencing rapid growth and transformation by internal and foreign investment in new infrastructure.
To help increase the climate resilience of these cities, it is vital that planners integrate current and projected climate information into their designs.
The report contains five conclusions, summarized below:
- A new policy establishes a foundation for integrating climate considerations into planning.
- Vietnam lacks official policies detailing ways to carry out climate integration.
- It will be increasingly important to establish clear methodologies and incentives for climate consideration, as well as a set of comprehensive resources and/or tools that provide actionable climate information for planners.
- A national climate impacts planning tool could help fill the need for an established resource and process for incorporating climate change considerations into planning.
CIMPACT-DST is one of several climate adaptation-related pilots, projects, and activities in USAID's Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services (CRIS) program under USAID’s Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) project.
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