The USAID-funded Vietnam Forests and Deltas Program is enhancing climate change resilience planning and action from community to national level. The program will put into practice the national policies and strategies on response to climate change and low emissions development with a focus on reducing emissions from forestry and agriculture sectors and strengthening climate-smart livelihoods and settlements, particularly in rural areas. Addressing long-term climate change risks and gender vulnerabilities in both forest and delta landscapes are key program objectives.
SUPPORTING LAND-USE PRACTICES WHICH MAINTAIN FOREST RESOURCES AND ENHANCE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through improved forest management and afforestation together with investment in promoting climate resilient livelihoods are the basis for the sustainable landscapes approach in Vietnam's forested areas. Training programs within provinces will demonstrate methods for achieving measurable improvements in carbon stocks and environmental services as well as leveraging ecosystem service financing. The provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An have been selected as pilots for moving Green Growth strategies and policy into practice through innovative land-use planning that is inclusive of local government, civil society, and the private sector.
INCREASING RESILIENCE OF PEOPLE, PLACES, AND LIVELIHOODS
The delta areas of the Mekong and Red Rivers - home to some of the most heavily populated and economically productive areas of Vietnam - are increasingly exposed to climate-related hazards such as storm, flooding, drought, salinity and sea level rise. Working initially with local governments and communities in Long An and Nam Dinh provinces, the program will support commune-level action planning to empower community members to identify risks and to take action for improving long-term resilience.