USAID Study Analyzes Climate Impacts in Mekong River Basin


The Mekong Delta is set to face more extreme weather

20 March 2014: The values at risk in key livelihood sectors from predicted climate change impacts are estimated to be at least US$16 billion per year, according to the findings of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) 'Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study.' The study, which was inspired by an International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) study, considers climate impacts on agriculture, fisheries, livestock, and rural infrastructure and health.

The study analyzes the potential magnitude of climate impacts in the Mekong delta with the aim of translating them to local communities and policymakers to support adaptation investment.


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Nearly US $ 1 Billion Mobilized for Climate Change - - January 25, 2014

According to the MONRE’s report, from 2010 to now, the Ministry has built and mobilized nearly US$ 1 billion from international aid and preferential loan to implement programs and projects in response to climate change.

The Danish government provided a 40-million preferential loan in the framework of the Program of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. In 2013, the Support Program to Response to Climate Change supported an expected loan of US$ 270 million. The Vietnam’s National Investment Program proposed to use the Clean Technology Fund with total budget of US$ 250 million.

The international cooperation on climate change continued to recorded lots of efforts in 2013. The Ministry has organized an international donors meeting in order to call for support for the new matrix policy of the SP-RCC in the period 2013-2015. Also, the ministry has built a plan to attract financial support for climate change, proposed a loan agreement of Climate Change Development Policy Operation (CCDPO2) and ASEAN Minerals Trust Fund.

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Kerry Quietly Makes Priority of Climate Pact


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Dr. Dang Kieu Nhan, left, wave goodbye after Kerry spoke in Tan An Tay along the Mekong River Delta Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool) (The Associated Press) -

As a young naval officer in Vietnam, John Kerry commanded a Swift boat up the dangerous rivers of the Mekong Delta. But when he returned there last month as secretary of state for the first time since 1969, he spoke not of past firefights but of climate change.

“Decades ago, on these very waters, I was one of many who witnessed the difficult period in our shared history,” Mr. Kerry told students gathered on the banks of the Cai Nuoc River. He drew a connection from the Mekong Delta’s troubled past to its imperiled future. “This is one of the two or three most potentially impacted areas in the world with respect to the effects of climate change,” he said.

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Xe kẹt cứng nhiều ngày giữa đèo trắng tuyết

submitted by Nguyen Ninh

            - 18/12/2013

Tuyết phủ trắng đèo Ô Quý Hồ (Lào Cai) mấy ngày nay khiến hàng trăm xe tải, xe khách kẹt cứng. Tài xế và hành khách trải qua những ngày khó quên trên núi tuyết.

Dòng xe ùn tắc trên đèo Ô Quý Hồ sáng 18/12. Kể từ khi Sapa xuất hiện mưa tuyết hôm 15/12, xe ôtô không thể di chuyển qua con đèo nối liền Sapa (Lào Cai) và tỉnh Lai Châu do lớp tuyết đóng dày từ mấy ngày trước và lớp băng hình thành khi tuyết tan khiến đường trơn trượt rất nguy hiểm.



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Vietnam - Typhoon Haiyan Information

Cây đổ ở Hà Nội sau bão Haiyan
Ảnh hưởng của cơn bão Haiyan, Hà Nội từ đêm qua có mưa to và gió thổi mạnh

Trực tiếp: Bão số 14 đã làm 13 người thiệt mạng
VOV.VN- Tại các địa phương ảnh hưởng của bão số 14 đã có 13 người chết và 81 người bị thương...

Tâm bão Haiyan đang ở địa đầu Móng Cái (Quảng Ninh)

Haiyan makes landfall, weakens into depression

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GDACS Red Alert - Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Laos, Viet Nam, Philippines, Palau - November 7, 2013


Tropical Cyclone HAIYAN-13 can have a high humanitarian impact based on the Maximum sustained wind speed and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Updated: this report is based on advisory number 20.

  • Tropical Cyclone Hurricane/Typhoon > 150 mph (maximum wind speed of 315 km/h)
  • from 04/11/2013 00:00 UTC to 08/11/2013 00:00 UTC
  • Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 17.7 million
  • Vulnerability: High




CLICK HERE - GDACS Tropical Cyclones - Joint Research Centre

CLICK HERE - Tropical Cyclone Information - Japan Meteorological Agency

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U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 -
09:00 to 15:45


Center for Strategic and International Studies
1616 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

8:00am to 2:45pm (EST)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

State of Hawaii - House of Representatives - Presentation of Certificate to Dr. Nguyen Huu Ninh - Governor Neil Abercrombie - May 7, 2013

State of Hawaii - House of Representatives - Presentation of Certificate to Dr. Nguyen Huu Ninh

For significant contributions to the field of environmental science, and in appreciation for his extraordinary efforts to increase global awareness and understanding of climate change.

Making Communities More Resilient to Climate-Induced Weather Disasters

submitted by Samuel Bendett - February 18, 2013

Mounting scientific evidence indicates climate change will lead to more frequent and intense extreme weather that affects larger areas and lasts longer. We can reduce the risk of weather-related disasters, however, with a variety of measures. Experts say that a good strategy should include a variety of actions such as communicating risk and transferring it through vehicles such as insurance, taking a multi-hazard management approach, linking local and global management, and taking an iterative approach as opposed to starting with a master plan.


100 Million Will Die by 2030 if World Fails to Tackle Climate Change: Report - Reuters
September 26, 2012


LONDON: More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.

As global average temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organisation DARA.


Special Report - Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)

28 March 2012

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) on 28 March. The report assesses the evidence that climate change has led to changes in climate extremes and the extent to which policies to avoid, prepare for, respond to and recover from the risks of disaster can reduce the impact of such events. Please click here for an IPCC press release on the report, and here for the report itself.

Special Report - Overview

Special Report - Press Release (4 page .PDF file)

Global Warming Presents Historic Disaster Risk, Report Says

submitted by Samuel Bendett


Mumbai is among the densely populated cities that scientists say is at great risk. (Photo: Getty Images)

by Seth Borenstein - Associated Press - - March 28, 2012

WASHINGTON — Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts, and heat waves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists said in a new report issued Wednesday.

The greatest threat from extreme weather is to highly populated, poor regions of the world, the report warns, but no corner of the globe — from Mumbai to Miami — is immune. The document by a Nobel Prize-winning panel of climate scientists forecasts stronger tropical cyclones and more frequent heat waves, deluges, and droughts.


Reframing Resilience


First, there is great value in a systems approach as a heuristic for understanding interlocked social-ecological-technological processes, and in analysis across multiple scales. Yet we need to move beyond both systems as portrayed in resilience thinking, and the focus on actors in work on vulnerability, to analyse networks and relationships, as well as to attend to the diverse framings, narratives, imaginations and discourses that different actors bring to bear.


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Resilience Alliance

There are many definitions of resilience from simple deterministic views of resilience anchored in Newtonian mechanics to far more dynamic views of resilience from a systems perspective, including insights from quantum mechanics and the sciences of complexity.  One baseline perspective of resilience sees it in terms of the viability of socio-ecological systems as the foundation for sustainability.  For those that are ready to look beyond resilience as the ability to return to the "normal state" before a disaster, take a look at:

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