UNDP pledges more flood-proof houses for Thanh Hoa ​

(VOVWORLD) - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will help build an additional 100 flood-resistant houses for poor people in Thanh Hoa, said UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Kanni Wignaraja during a recent working visit to the north-central coastal province. Thanh Hoa is one of the 28 coastal localities in Vietnam vulnerable to climate change impacts.
UNDP pledges more flood-proof houses for Thanh Hoa  ​ - ảnh 1Many houses in Thanh Hoa province are prone to floods. (Photo: VNA)

Wignaraja joined provincial leaders and people in planting mangrove forests, one of the most effective nature-based solutions to enhance the resilience of coastal communities to climate change.

She spoke highly of the strong commitment of the provincial People’s Committee in adapting to climate change impacts through the initiative to build resilience.

Since 2017, the Government of Vietnam, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and the UNDP have revived and planted more than 337ha of mangrove forests, and built 1,403 safe houses for poor, near-poor and women-headed households. 

The project “improving resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change in Vietnam” has benefited more than 8,000 people in Thanh Hoa.

According to a recent study by the UNDP and the Ministry of Construction, more than 110,000 households in the 28 coastal provinces and cities need safe houses, including 10,000 in Thanh Hoa.