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VietPanel: Understanding the dynamics of flood impacts, adaptive behaviour and perceptions of ecosystem-based adaptation for a more climate-resilient society

Own funding

2020 - 2022

Project partners:
Centre of Social Research and Development (CSRD) and Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Background and aims of the project:
Every year, millions of people are affected by flooding, particularly in Asia. Also Thua Thien Hue province in Central Vietnam is frequently affected by flooding from rivers, heavy rainfall, and the sea. Without further adaptation, the impacts of flood hazards on the population are projected to increase considerably due to the effects of global warming and ongoing socio-economic development. Understanding the dynamics of physical and psychological flood impacts, adaptive behaviour, as well as perceptions of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is therefore needed in order to build more climate-resilient societies.

To understand the above mentioned dynamics, a panel (i.e. longitudinal) study will be implemented among 400 residents in Thua Thien Hue province. The panel study consists of six waves across a time span of 3 years. Every respondent will be surveyed twice per year, that is before and after the flood season. The panel study is a follow-up activity of two EbA-projects that aimed at increasing flood resilience of urban and coastal communities in the region. Insights of the study will be used to inform provincial disaster risk management.