COP21 side event: Climate change adaptation: Lessons and needs

Climate change has been affecting Vietnam's agriculture. Photos: G. Smith (CIAT)
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Event Date and time


Vietnam Pavilion, Booth 46, Area 3 – Hall 3, Le Bourget conference centre, Paris

This dialogue addresses the need for climate change adaptation, especially in the face of increasing climate extremes, and recent lessons from adaptation actions.

Low regret adaptation actions must provide benefits in the short run, and that is happening at the community level in many instances where adaptation is linked to present-day safety and livelihood needs. In addition, in longer term losses and damages are expected to increase exponentially unless new mechanisms and bold action will be initiated.


Part 1: Climate Extremes and Climate Change

13:30 – 13:35


13:35 – 13:45

Findings of the Viet Nam Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

Mr. Koos Neefjes, UNDP Expert

13:45 – 13:55

Community Based Climate Change Adaptation in Viet Nam and SE Asia: Lessons for Policy Makers

Ms. Vu Minh Hai, Building Resilience, Oxfam

13:55 – 14:05

Beyond Adaptation: The Rapidly Growing Need to Develop Mechanisms to Address Unavoidable Losses and Damages

Ms. Linda Siegele, University College London

14:05 – 14:15

Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in the Red River Delta

Prof. Trinh Minh Thu, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam

14:15 – 14:30

Open Discussion

Part 2: Climate Change Adaptation: Recent Lessons 

14:30 – 14:40

Climate-Smart Agriculture

Mr. Martin Frick, Energy and Tenure, FAO - TBC

14:40 – 14:50

CLICC: Facilitating Global Understanding of Country-Level Climate Impacts

Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP

14:50 – 15:00

Climate-Smart Village

Mr. Leocadio Sebastian, Regional Program Leader of Climate Change, Agriculture, Food and Security

15:00 – 15:10

Mainstreaming of Ecosystem Based Adaptation into Planning Process

Mr. Nguyen Trung Thang, Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam

15:10 – 15:25

Open Discussion

15:25 – 15:30

Wrap up

Moderator: Prof. Tran Thuc, Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and  Environment, Government of Viet Nam

Host: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam