Household and Commune Adaptation Experience and Strategies to Cope with Sea Level Rise in Giao Thien Commune, Giao Thuy District, Nam Dinh Province, Red River Delta

by Nguyen Quoc Chinh

Sea level rise (SLR) and its related events cause serious threat to coastal areas. The threat of SLR may be in terms of loss of land, increased salinization, damage to structures and buildings, reduction in agricultural productivity and education, changes in the physical characteristics of tidal rivers, and increased vulnerability of local residents.

Vietnam has a very long coastline, totaling more than 3,000 km. Sea level rise and its related events have caused various negative impacts on local residents. Local residents have done various activities to overcome these negative impacts, and their valuable experiences could apply to other communes to prepare the latter for SLR and its related events.

This case study generally aimed to assess the local people’s adaptation experiences and strategies to cope with SLR and draw lessons learned from the past to help other communes prepare for SLR. The specific objectives were to collect socioeconomic data to help assess adaptive capacity; document coping/adaptation strategies as regards flooding/storm surges; and determine lessons learned from past experiences to help other communities and households prepare for SLR and its related events

  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Country: Vietnam
  • Sector: Others
  • Type: Individual Research Grant
  • Research Area: Climate Change
  • Research Topic: Adaptation Practices/Projects
  • Analytical Framework: Damage Valuation
Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia