Australia is funding the rehabilitating of mangrove to minimize the impact of typhoon storm surge damage on communities in the Mekong Delta.
Photo: Michael Wightman
Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. Its long coastline (3,200 km) and large deltas make it particularly susceptible to more intense and frequent natural disasters, rising sea levels, coastal erosion, and salt water intrusion. Vietnam loses around 2 per cent of GDP per year as a result of weather-related disasters. In 2013, Vietnam faced an unusually high number of natural disasters, including 15 intense typhoons causing 277 deaths/missing and 855 injuries and economic losses estimated at 28,000 billion VND, approximately double the rate recorded for 2012. Such events are projected to get worse with the impacts of climate change. Vietnam is already experiencing wetter wet seasons; dryer dry seasons; higher intensity rainfall, flash flooding and increased frequency of tropical cyclones. Sea levels have risen 20cm, and if they rise by just one metre, more than 11 per cent of Vietnam’s coastal population (around 4 million people) could be displaced.
Australia is focused on reducing future human, economic and environmental losses associated with climate change and natural disasters. We are working with communities in the Mekong Delta to adapt to the impacts of climate change to protect food security and livelihoods. We are also working with the Vietnam Government on low-carbon growth options including improved energy efficiency.
We are building on our experience in disaster risk reduction and rural development to develop a new portfolio of initiatives that help Vietnam deal with the challenges of climate change.
See the Australia–Vietnam Climate Change Delivery Strategy 2011–2016