The Social Dimensions of Adaptation to Climate Change in Vietnam

Author: 
Pamela McElwee
Publisher: 
The World Bank
Type of Publication: 
Status: 
Free
Language of Publication: 
English
Country: 
Viet Nam
Year of Publication: 
2010

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Vietnam is likely to be one of the most significantly impacted nations in the world from climate change, due to its very long coastline, high dependence on agriculture, and relatively low levels of development in rural areas. The forecasted climate impacts to 2100 will likely be an increase in rainfall in wet seasons and decrease in dry of around 10 percent or more, increased intensity and frequency of storms and floods, and a likely sea level rise of at least 1 meter. Key outputs from the study include: identification of key socioeconomic and biophysical zones of vulnerability to climate change, and typologies of livelihood profiles of areas and communities that are climate vulnerable. Participatory scenarios of adaptation pathways that might be chosen in the future. Workshops on Participatory Scenario Development (PSD) were conducted to identify and categorize adaptation pathways suitable for different livelihood groups. Local assessment of existing and potential adaptation options and practices. These results can help policy makers make better, more inclusive choices about the range of adaptation responses to be considered in the future.

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