Vietnam: Climate Risk Map

The map shows the climate based risks facing Vietnam as well as some of the adaptation and resilience solutions in place. Click on the icons to find out more.

Vietnam is heavily exposed to climate risk. Temperatures in the country are due to rise by 1-2 C and sea levels by 28-33 cm by 2050. This is will result in more extreme weather, such as drought, typhoon and floods. Other major climate impacts include damage to crops, degrading water quality (thanks to reduced flow and saline intrusion). Infrastructure will be hit through weather damage and increased flooding. 

The UN and Vietnamese governments has made some efforts in adaptation such as investing in climate resilient infrastructure such as roads and elevated housing. But overall the country remains under-prepared and vulnerable to climate breakdown. 

Vietnam is a relatively poor country and can expect help from donors for tackling climate change. Some people in Vietnam are tackling the problem with nature based solutions. The planting of mangrove forests helps to prevent flooding and sea level rise, as well as providing a rich habitat for wildlife and income for local people.

Nature based solutions to climate issues only attract around 1 percent of total funding. But these are often found to be effective and inexpensive. Climate finance will be massively scaled up in the next few years as the impact of climate breakdown mounts. The figures put towards projects such as mangrove restoration should be increased rapidly.

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