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FloodAdaptVN: Integrating Ecosystem-based Approaches into Flood Risk Management for Adaptive and Sustainable Urban Development in Central Viet Nam

Fachgebiet: Allgemeine Geographie, Geographische Gesellschaft-Umwelt-Forschung, Stadtgeographie
Gefördert durch: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Matthias Garschagen
Projektwissenschaftler: Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang

Laufzeit: 08/2019 - 01/2021

General Information


The project FloodAdaptVN is coordinated by German Aerospace Center (DLR) with cooperation with both German and Vietnamese partners. 


The overall aim of FloodAdaptVN is to reduce current and future flood risks through the implementation of targeted ecosystem-based adaptation strategies into the flood risk management frameworks in Central Vietnam. Specific objectives of FloodAdaptVN include:

  • >> to better understand and assess the drivers, hotspots and dynamics of present-day and future flood risk
  • >> to investigate both, entry points for and barriers towards the implementation of ecosystem-based solutions for flood risk reduction and adaptation as well as climate risk insurance solutions, and
  • >> to develop of a decision support tool for prioritizing among adaptation measures based on their impact reduction, social acceptance and long-term sustainability and cost-efficiency


General information of the project is available at




LMU contributions


The working tasks supported by the LMU are set out below in the work packages 1 (coordination and co-design), 3 (DSS protopyp ECA-VN) and 4 (feasibility study).


Task 1.3: Policy and Co-Design (IZES, LMU). The task sets two priorities in terms of content: The first focus is the evaluation of existing legal texts and the content of various instruments of sectoral and spatial planning with regard to guidelines and measures for adapting to climate change and reducing the flood risk. The second focus is the development and implementation of a co-design approach to activate and involve relevant actors in research, planning and development activities in the definition phase. The intensive cooperation between local actors and research partners ensures that the tools developed are tailored to the requirements, the technical conditions and the resources and skills of the end users; Requirements for capacity development and suitable formats are defined together. 


Task 3.4: Exposure analysis (LMU, UNU).  This task aims to analyze the exposure levels of various types of land use (e.g. residential buildings, industry, infrastructure and agricultural areas) of the pilot study area and prepare them for the prototype of the Decision Support System (DSS). The exposure assessment will largely be based on existing data. Remote sensing data is used to spatially locate additional assets such as ecosystems. In addition to the current state, a first future scenario of exposure is developed and examined, which takes into account and depicts the official land use and development plan for the city of Huế.


Task 4.2: Review of risk reduction & adaptation measures (UNU, LMU). As part of Task 4.2, existing risk reduction (DRR) and adaptation measures (including conventional / engineering-based, soft and ecosystem-based or hybrid solutions and risk transfer mechanisms) are reviewed and evaluated. For this purpose, planning documents are evaluated and verified or discussed in expert interviews. In preparation for a later evaluation (in the R&D phase), a criteria catalog for evaluation is developed from the planning documents and interview information. In addition, information from stakeholder workshops is combined with field visits and a literature analysis.



Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) - Department für Geographie
Prof. Dr. Matthias Garschagen (
Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang (
Address: Luisenstraße 37, 80333 München
Tel.: +49-89-2180-4141
Fax: +49-89-2180-4142


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