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Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in the North Central Coast of Vietnam: Restoration and Co-Management of Degraded Dunes and Mangroves

As of: February 2019

Objective and activities

Adaptation is a key element of Viet Nam’s NDC, as typhoons increase in strength and make landfall in the exposed northcentral coast of Vietnam (NCC-VN). Originally its dunes and mangroves in the estuaries were covered with multilayered & diverse forests, ensuring storm protection. About 22% of the rural population in the region depends on subsistence agriculture behind and freshwater from the dunes. However, mangroves protective dune forest vegetation of these ecosystems have been largely degraded and covered with Casurina, a non-native tree species not capable of safeguarding the protective function of the dunes. Together with local communities, the project restores in an integrated co-management approach with native tree species dunes and mangroves of estuaries in NCC-VN. The approach is a blueprint for up-scaling at landscape level and closes the coastal protection gap between the Mekong and North Vietnam.

State of implementation/results

  • UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH and the Institute of Resources and Environment (IREN) of Hue University facilitated two regional kick-off workshops in (Quang Binh on August 27 and Hué province on August 29, 2018) as well as the national kick-off workshop in Hanoi on September 4, 2018
  • Next steps are the identification of partner municipalities and of suitable project surfaces, stakeholder consultations and the production of seedlings
  • First seedlings (tree species of the IUCN red list) are already in local nurseries and are currently prepared for transplanting in 2019

Project data


Implementing organisation:
UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) - Viet Nam
  • Quang Tri Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) - Vietnam
  • Institute of Resources and Environment of Huế University (IREN) - Vietnam

BMU grant:
€ 1,879,538.95

04/2018 till 03/2022


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