Communicating Climate Change Risks for Adaptation in Coastal and Delta Communities in Viet Nam

Decisions concerning climate change adaptation are necessarily made by local and national governments, but households, community groups and private enterprises need to be informed so that they can make decisions within their own spheres of influence.

This project aims to design effective communication tools to improve understanding of the risks associated with climate change on the part of various stakeholders in Viet Nam. Viet Nam has been chosen as a case study due to its high vulnerability to climate-induced environmental change.

It is hypothesized that better communication tools could reduce the risk of water related hazards. This hypothesis will be tested in three mid-size cities: Da Nang, Quy Nhon and Can Tho. The work will build on and complement a strong existing partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation's Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) and the three municipal governments.

Researchers will assess how different stakeholders understand climate and water-related risk; facilitate discussion between different stakeholder groups on potential response mechanisms; devise and test communication tools for disseminating information on changing climate risk and response; and inform national and local policymakers so that they can improve the implementation of adaptation programs across the country.

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Project status


Start Date

Sunday, January 1, 2012

End Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

MacAlister, Charlotte


Far East Asia, Viet Nam, Central Asia, South Asia


Climate Change

Project Leader

Bach Tan Sinh


National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies (NISTPSS)

Institution Country

Viet Nam

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