Improving the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change related impacts in Viet Nam

Lead country

Viet Nam

Participating countries

Viet Nam

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From September 7, 2017 to April 11, 2023

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  2. 11.6 Reduce adverse environmental impact of cities
  3. 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards

Project ID: 5708

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Technical team

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming integrated policy and planning for climate-resilient & sustainable development
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation


  • Forests
  • Marine


  • General
  • Coasts

Transformed sector(s)


UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Policy advice


  • Mitigation adaptation
  • Law regulation
  • Management operation


  • Infrastructure building
  • Flood prevention/Early Warning
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Sustainable land management

Social inclusion


Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  • 11.6 Reduce adverse environmental impact of cities
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction

About this project


Poor communities living in coastal regions of Vietnam are adversely impacted by frequent flooding. Each year approximately 60,000 houses are destroyed or damaged by floods and storms in coastal provinces. This is likely to worsen given climate change scenarios for Vietnam. Resultant economic impacts make it increasingly difficult for vulnerable families to escape the cycle of poverty. The proposed GCF project seeks to scale up interventions that are already tested to increase the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities. Building on ongoing social protection programmes related to housing for the poor and marginalized, the project will incorporate storm and flood resilient design features in new houses benefiting 20,000 poor and highly disaster-exposed people. As part of an integrated response to managing flood risks, 4,000 hectares of mangroves will be rehabilitated and/or planted to function not only as storm surge buffers, but also to provide ecosystem resources that can support coastal livelihoods. Moreover, to support and sustain both the impact of this project as well as future requisite government policy adjustments that strengthen the resilience of coastal and other communities, resources will be used to systematize climate and economic risk assessments for private and public sector application in all 28 coastal provinces of Vietnam.The project relies on grant finance as (a) the proposed interventions will benefit vulnerable families identified as poor by the government, (b) strengthens natural defenses proving public value, and (c) does not generate revenue that lends itself to providing reflows to the GCF. The project is fully aligned with the Government of Viet Nam (GoV)'s strategies and was designed following extensive stakeholder consultations. The National Designated Authority (NDA) has issued a no-objection letter for the project.


The project through an integrated approach with ensure more climate-resilient homes, strengthen natural defenses through the regeneration of mangroves, and improve planning through the integration of climate risk information.

USD $29,523,000

Grant amount

USD $11,006,625

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Green Climate Fund Common ($29,523,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Project metrics

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