The people of Vietnam are already experiencing climate change. Severe weather events, such as storms and floods, are increasing in intensity. Long-term changes to ‘normal’ conditions, such as rising sea levels, shifting rainfall seasons, altered crop patterns and long dry periods are gradually undermining livelihoods.

CARE in Vietnam has a long record of accomplishments that focus on social protection, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. In recent years, CARE has applied a gender responsive approach in these three disciplines. The common goal of these three disciplines is to support resilience against shocks and stresses amongst vulnerable women and men with a focus on resilient livelihoods, agro-climate information services and actionable advisories, and climate smart and gender responsive value chains. Integrating social protection, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in policy, planning and programing presents huge opportunities for multiplying resilience, and CARE has been in the forefront among development practitioners to conceptually link these approaches.

Various projects at CARE Vietnam, supported by other development partners, are already using an integrated approach to support resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate shocks, and show potential for replication and expansion.