Policy Brief Four: Improving Natural Disaster Management in Vietnam

This policy brief is the summary of GIZ’s Flood Proofing Progamme (FPP) activities in support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to improve the legal and policy framework for natural disaster management. FPP is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Germany. In 2017, FPP carried out an extensive assessment and analysis of the legal and policy framework for natural disaster management, and after consultations with the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) in MARD decided to support the sector in four key areas: the preparation of a Prime Minister decision on the organisation of received and disbursement of international aid to respond to natural disasters in Vietnam; the development of an investment plan for natural disaster management in Vietnam; the establishment of a Strategic Plan to 2020 for the Centre for Natural Disaster Policy in VDMA; and an assessment of community based disaster risk management in the Mekong Delta. Experiences and lessons learnt from implementing activities in 16 provinces in Vietnam form the basis of FPP’s policy advocacy and communication efforts at national level.