Big Cities in Vietnam and Climate Change Linkages

Big Cities in Vietnam and Climate Change Linkages

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoa Le Thu

Climate change, illustrated mainly by global warming and sea level rise, is one of the most serious challenges facing human being in the 21st century.
According to the World Bank (2007), Vietnam is among the countries which are hardest hit by climate change and sea level rise. Climate change has made natural disasters, especially storms, floods, and droughts, become increasingly severe. Climate change impacts on the natural and built environments and aggravates existing environmental, social and economic problems. Coupled with the challenges of rapid urbanization, climate change impacts may undermine the country efforts to achieve the goals of sustainable development.
As many other urban areas in the Southeast Asian region, urban areas in Vietnam have many linkages with climate change. First, the urban areas concentrate industries, transportation, households and many of the emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) which causes climate change. Second, the urban arae are affected by climate change, especially on the environmental and socio-economic infrastructures. And third, the urban areas are sources of responses i.e., of initiatives, policies and actions aimed at mitigating/ reducing emissions and adapting to climate change.
The presentation "Big Cities in Vietnam and Climate Change Linkage" aims to highlight the exissting climate hazards, the vulnerability to climate-related risks on big cities in Vietnam (such as Capital Hanoi, HoChiMinh, DaNang, CanTho...) and to figure out the policy issues of mitigation (reducing GHG emissions) as well as adaptation to climate change in these cities.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoa Le Thu
Dean, Faculty of Urbanisation and Environment
National Economics University
Hanoi, Vietnam