Preparing for climate change in Vietnam

Preparing for climate change in Vietnam

Mainstreaming climate change into disaster management: lessons from Vietnam

Vietnam has always suffered from extreme weather events – typhoons; sea surges; heavy rains and drought. As climate change will only aggravate such adverse conditions, the Vietnam Red Cross started a pilot project  in 2003 to integrate climate change into its existing disaster preparedness programmes.

A number of key lessons have been learned since the process began:

  • climate change needs to be part of the disaster management strategies of the Red Cross, to ensure strong disaster risk reduction programmes
  •  the best way to address climate change is to integrate it into the existing disaster preparedness programmes
  • communication about climate change needs to be simplified in order to engage vulnerable people without compromising scientific credibility.

Furthermore why should a national Red Cross/Red Crescent society be involved in climate change?

  • they can support communities to reduce the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events at relatively low cost, from disaster risk reduction to health and care
  •  they are in a unique position to work with groups and individuals at the community level that government agencies may sometimes find difficult to reach
  •  the Red Cross should take the voice of the most vulnerable to national and international policy makers.
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