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Viet Nam is a long narrow country consisting of an extensive coastline, two major river deltas, and mountainous areas on its eastern and north-eastern borders. Viet Nam is heavily exposed to the risks of weather variability and climate change.
Climate change is expected to affect rainfall patterns in Viet Nam, with dry seasons becoming drier and wet seasons becoming wetter – in turn leading to prolonged drought periods and increased frequency and intensity of flooding. Sea level rise and increased salinity are further likely effects of climate change. All of these will have a major impact on agriculture, fishing and livelihoods. Tens of thousands of people could be forced to migrate from coastal areas. Exposure to the effects of climate change is particularly high in the Mekong River Delta. The poor will be hardest hit, both from loss of agricultural and other income, and because of the expected rise in food prices. The poor tend to have less resilience to the impact of climate change, less access to credit or insurance, and thus less ability to rebuild.
CDKN is looking to deepen its engagement with Viet Nam. It is already supporting two projects under the SUMERNET research programme. These include a project communicating water-related climate change risks to improve local adaptation in the Mekong Region, and a second for integrated approaches to carbon measurement and monitoring.
Population: 89 million
Human Development Index ranking: 128/187 countries (2011 HDR)
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