Ecosystem-based approaches to flood risk management for sustainable urban development in Central Vietnam



Project area(s)

Huế and Huế Region

Central Việt Nam is characterized by rapid urbanization, particularly in small and medium-sized coastal cities. At the same time, the region is facing an increase in precipitation and heavy rainfall events caused by climate change, which, combined with land use changes, results in more frequent and more intense flooding. In this context, the FloodAdaptVN project aims to:

  • understand present-day flood risk hotspots and to develop detailed flood-risk scenarios
  • investigate both entry points for and barriers towards the implementation of ecosystem-based solutions for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and adaptation, as well as exploring climate risk insurance solutions
  • to develop a decision support tool for prioritizing among adaptation measures based on their impact reduction and cost-efficiency.

Drawing on a transdisciplinary research design, FloodAdaptVN is establishing a strong network of local to national stakeholders and international experts, to deliver on the above mentioned objectives and ensure their mainstreaming into relevant local, national (e.g. National Adaptation Plans) and international policy processes (e.g. the Sendai Framework for DRR).

Building on the strong foundations laid out in the Preparation Phase of the BMBF funding initiative, the aim of the Definition Phase is to further specify the local needs and refine the existing project idea, to identify missing partners, and to co-develop and submit the proposal for the Research & Development (R&D) Phase. Study area is the Huế coastal urban region and its hinterland. A pilot case study with multitemporal remote sensing analysis, reverse flood modelling, initial exposure and vulnerability assessment as well as pilot adaptation and insurance solutions for a defined urban development area in Huếcity will be conducted as a feasibility study for the R&D Phase. The results of this pilot will be co-produced and shared in a prototype information and spatial decision support system with the Committee of Flood and Storm Control (CFSC) and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) for their further use.