Viet Nam: Coastal province of Quang Nam to accelerate implementation of the nation's first Green Climate Fund-financed project

Project to build 243 storm-resilient homes and restore 135 hectares of mangrove forests over next five years, boosting the resilience of thousands
 
Quang Nam, 16 March 2018 – Under a project to improve the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to the impacts of climate change, the Vietnamese province of Quang Nam is hastening its work towards more storm-resilient housing and healthier mangrove forests. The two measures will help protect communities from the impacts of more frequent and intense typhoons expected to hit the country in coming years.
 
This year, Quang Nam aims to build 50 storm-resilient houses in six districts. Over the coming five years the province aims to build 243 houses and regenerate 135 hectares of mangrove forest. The rehabilitated mangroves will serve not only as storm-surge buffers, but also will provide ecosystem resources that can support coastal livelihoods.
 
“Quang Nam is one of the coastal provinces most affected by disasters and climate change,” said Mr. Dinh Van Thu, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee. “[The project] will bring great benefit for poor and vulnerable people.”
 
“We highly value the strong ownership of Quang Nam People’s Committee over the project. I am pleased to see the province’s leadership is ensuring the timely mangrove planting at the right time of the year,” said Ms. Akiko Fujii, Deputy Country Director of UNDP Viet Nam
 
Led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Construction, with a grant of US$29 million from the Green Climate Fund and support from the UN Development Programme, the 5-year project “Improving the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change related impacts in Viet Nam” (2017 to 2022) will build upon ongoing resilient-housing and mangrove-forest programmes in the seven provinces of Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Quang Binh, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Ca Mau.
 
The project will support the nation in achieving its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals on climate action (SDG 13), decent work (SDG 8), sustainable infrastructure (SDG 9) and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11).
 
The adverse impacts of climate change continue to overly burden the poorest and most vulnerable people of Viet Nam, especially poor women and the elderly. Tackling the impacts is key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the pladge to leave no-one behind.  Action on climate change is a key focus area in UNDP's Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2021.
 
As one of the first Green Climate Fund-financed projects worldwide to get underway, the world is watching the progress of implementation in Viet Nam, including Quang Nam.
 
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Ms Phan Huong Giang,
Media and Communications Analyst 
United Nations Development Programme 
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Mr Vu Thai Truong
Programme Management Specialist
United Nations Development Programme