According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Viet Nam will be one of the countries most affected by climate change. The Vietnamese, Australian and German governments have therefore agreed to a partnership in the Mekong Delta to help Viet Nam manage and protect its coastal ecosystems, which includes responding to the impacts of climate change.
The five-year (2011-2016) Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems Program (CCCEP) will cover the provinces of An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Kien Giang and Soc Trang. The CCCEP will provide practical solutions for a range of environmental hazards threatening coastal ecosystems. This will include measures for protecting coastal forests, such as teaching communities sustainable farming practices and promoting alternative income opportunities for communities dependent on coastal forests.
Australia, through AusAID, will contribute US$24.3 million to CCCEP and Germany will allocate US$14.1 million. CCCEP will be implemented by Germany’s GIZ (Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit). In addition, Germany has committed US$25.3 million through KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau).