The COP26 special assessment report of the GEMMES Vietnam project, titled “Climate change in Vietnam, impacts and adaptation”, has delivered on day 1 of the Glasgow climate conference a state-of-the-art analysis of the impacts of climate change over Vietnam by 2050, with a specific focus on the complex environmental dynamics of the Mekong delta, while addressing some of the most pressing issues regarding adaptation policies and financing.

Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta (VMD) is the third largest delta on Earth, and currently home to 17 million inhabitants, whose livelihoods depend mainly on agricultural and aquacultural production. The region supplies more than half of Viet Nam’s rice production, 90% of which is exported, and is thus crucial for both national, regional and international food security. However, the VMD is subject to various drivers of change, of which anthropogenic drivers — namely hydropower dams, sand mining and groundwater extractions — pose the greatest threats in this first half of the century. Climate change effects will most probably start to dominate the threats in the second half of the century.

  • The 1st session of webinar series on “The Mekong emergency” titled “The Mekong Delta in the face of increasing climatic and anthropogenic pressures" will be organized on 05 January 2022 at 9.30 am (CET) / 3.30 pm (CET + 6)

Chairs: Prof. Hieu Trung NGUYEN (CTU) and Dr. Marie-Noëlle Woillez (AFD)

The recording of this session on the AFD YouTube channel

  • The 2nd session on "Dynamics of salinity intrusion in the Mekong delta": on 12 January 2022 at 9.30 am (CET) / 3.30 pm (CET + 6)

Chairs Dr. Sepehr Eslami (Deltares) and Dr. Philip Minderhoud (Wageningen U.)

                     Link to register: GEMMES project - webinar registration form (


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