Climate Change Adaptation in Vietnam's Cities and Regions
Vietnam is projected to be one of the top five countries that will be most severely impacted by climate change. Portland State University students are engaged in research, internships, and exchanges, to support Vietnamese cities' and regions' capacity to implement adaptive strategies for current and future climate-related changes, including sea-level rise, saltwater intrusion, increased flooding, drought, changing and irregular rainfall patterns, and higher temperatures.
in the summer of 2013, doctoral student Khanh Pham (Urban Studies) worked with the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) to help develop an urban planning curriculum on climate change adaptation and to co-write a review paper on international good practices for climate change adaptation planning.
In the summers of 2012, Khanh interned with UN-HABITAT in Vietnam, supporting a three-day workshop/training on Climate Change Adaptation and Green Growth Strategies with planners in Ho Chi Minh City. See this article for more information about Khanh's research on how climate change practitioners can draw lessons from Vietnam's history to communicate and inspire people towards a vision of community resilience in the face of climate change.