New project “Drought-ADAPT” on adaptation measures to droughts in Central Highlands of Vietnam


The Central Highlands is one of the most important agricultural regions of Vietnam that grows industrial plants, e.g., coffee, rubber, pepper, vegetables, and fruits, for export. However, under the effect of extreme weather events like El Niño, the region often suffers drought situations in the dry season, which causes adverse impacts on agriculture and the environment as well as socio-economic sectors. The impact is even more severe in the context of climate change, in which Vietnam is among the most vulnerable countries. Under this circumstance, the Drought-ADAPT project’s objective is to develop innovative solutions to assist planning and adaptation measures to drought situations and their impacts in the context of climate change for the Central Highlands.

The project approaches consider different levels:
(1) local or village level: developing innovative engineering solutions to assist local communities in securing their investments and high agricultural productivity
(2) regional level: developing innovative climate services

Drought-ADAPT applies satellite data remote sensing to identify impacts of extreme meteorological events like El Niño and subsequent drought events on plant cultivation. Furthermore, the dynamics of land cover will be investigated to figure out the land-use change in the project site. In addition, all detectable water bodies will be studied for inventory data.

The project site is provinces of Đắk Lắk and Đắk Nông.

The project coordination in Germany is the German Remote Sensing, Data Center of the German Aerospace Center (DLR-DFD) and in Vietnam is Southern Institute for Water Resource Research (SIWRR).

Sources & further information: “Drought-ADAPT” at  and “Drought-ADAPT, Anpassung an Trockenheit und Auswirkungen von El Niño im zentralen Hochland in Vietnam“ at, accessed on 22 July 2021.