Decisions for the Design of Adaptation Pathways and the Integrative Development, Evaluation and Governance of Flood Risk Mitigation Strategies in Changing Urban-rural Systems

As a result of strong urbanisation processes and the effects of climate change, the IPCC is warning of a strong increase in the flood risk in coastal megacities, especially in Asia. Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam’s economic engine and largest city, is a serious example of this and one of the most affected coastal cities in global comparison. For the development and implementation of sustainable adaptation paths, the German-Vietnamese project DECIDER is creating an integrated assessment of future risk trends at the interface of climate change impacts, urban growth and socio-economic upheaval as well as a comparative assessment of potential measures for reducing flood risk.

Adaptation paths and integrative development in changing urban-rural systems



Project area(s)

Hồ Chí Minh City

Coordination (GER)

Prof. Dr. Matthias Garschagen
Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Department for Geography
Luisenstr. 37 80333 München
+49 89 2180-4141

Coordination (VN)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Trần Bá Hoằng
Southern Institute of Water Resources Research (SIWRR)
658 Võ Văn Kiệt, P1, Q. 5, Hồ Chí Minh City
+ 84 983309818

Project partner (GER)

  • Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Department for Geography
  • Leibniz University Hannover, Ludwig Franzius Institute
  • University of Cologne, Global South Studies Center
  • German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ)
  • University of Tübingen
  • plan + risk consult – Professor Greiving & Partner
  • THINK – Thuringian Institute for Sustainability and Climate Protection GmbH
  • WTM Engineers International GmbH

Project partner (VN)

  • People’s Committee’s HCMC, Institute for Development Studies (HIDS)
  • Southern Institute for Water Resources Research (SIWRR)
  • Southern Institute of Social Sciences (SISS)
  • Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program (SCFC)
  • Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM)
  • Public and Environment Target CO, LTD (EPT)
  • VNU- University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH)