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Survey Report: Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh provinces, Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the countries most heavily affected by floods and storms. In recent years, under the impact of climate change, floods have occurred more frequently, with more extreme consequences, causing significant damage to people, livestock, property, environmental pollution, and significant impacts on the country’s economy. Although Vietnam has been proactive in flood management, these solutions are mainly localized, fragmented, unsystematic or short-term and may cause more severe flooding to nearby areas. Therefore, there is a need for a different approach and IFMP is effective approach.

In 2016, the Directorate of Water Resources developed a manual of Integrated Flood Management Plans (for provincial level). This was the first manual for developing IFMP in Vietnam. Through its implementation, it was found that the document needs to be updated and revised for various reasons, such as the issuance, amendment, and supplementation of many new legal documents. Moreover, these manuals do not provide detailed methods for building flood hazard maps or flood risk maps. Therefore, the consultant will proceed to develop the IFMP manual and integrating IFMP into provincial disaster prevention plans. To serve this purpose, the Center for Environmental Fluid Dynamics conducted a field survey in three provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh to collect documents, evaluate the current situation of floods, the current status of the Integrated Flood Management Plan developed locally, and the advantages and difficulties in the process of building Integrated Flood Management Plans.