Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure Demonstration Sites

Northern Vietnam experiences some of the Greater Mekong Subregion’s most intense storms. With climate change, these storms may become more frequent and intense, posing a threat to infrastructure and livelihoods.

The objective of the Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Viet Nam project was to demonstrate and promote the application of effective bioengineering measures in road and riverbank slope protection, and to initiate the development of a relevant policy framework so that the techniques employed in these bioengineering demonstrations can be replicated elsewhere in Viet Nam. The sites trialled a range of bioengineering techniques and formed the physical basis of a process of knowledge transfer to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) staff through associated workshops and site visits. Vietnamese technicians at various levels were introduced to the concept of bioengineering, involved in the site design and implementation process, and were shown first-hand how the methods are applied and work. A grant for this technical assistance (TA) project was provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

This video was shown at the project Final Workshop in Hanoi in May 2017, and offers a glimpse of the four demonstration sites and progress over time. Interviews offer feedback from some of the people that have been involved with the project since its inception in 2013.

For more background on the project, watch ICEM’s Bringing Nature Back