Project Description

Mekong Delta Bridges: Rapid Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment

Donor / Partner: ADB |    Duration: 2011-2012   |    Location: Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta Bridges: Rapid Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (VA Study) is part of the broader ADB initiative for Promoting Climate Change Adaptation in Asia and the Pacific, under the ADB Central Mekong Delta Connectivity project.

The ADB Central Mekong Delta Connectivity project represents a USD 900 million investment by the Government of Vietnam for the development of strategic transport infrastructure to enhance connectivity between the central agricultural and agro-processing provinces of the Mekong Delta with major regional hubs such as Ho Chi Minh City and further afield Phnom Penh and Bangkok.

ADB will use the outputs of this rapid assessment to apply to the Nordic Climate Facility under the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) for a grant to finance adaptation options.

ICEM was contracted by ADB Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD) to implement the VA Study over six months from September 2011 to February 2012. The study will provide the technical and economic justification for climate change adaptation response for the broader Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project.

This report outlines the following project outcomes: 

  • The integration of climate change risk management into the detailed design of components 1-3 of the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project, and;
  • Pilot-testing of a rapid climate change Vulnerability and Adaptation methodology for transport infrastructure projects.
The latter outcome extends further than the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity project to other transport development projects being considered by the ADB and the Government of Vietnam.