The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) are assisting Vietnam in disaster risk management, particularly climate change-related risks.

With a budget of 5 million USD, mostly funded by UNDP, the Institutional Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management project aimed at helping the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Vietnam Red Cross and the Vietnam Women’s Union enhance their disaster risk management capacity.

It also supports Vietnam’s natural disaster management centre and the committees of flood prevention in provinces in making their plans and implementing and supervising effectively community-based disaster risk management programmes.

According to the MARD, the project has a target of building a strategy and mechanism to support the implementation of multilateral agreements as well as working out effective measures to reduce natural disaster risks and adapt to climate change.

The project is implemented in Hanoi and 20 other provinces and cities until 2016.-VNA