1 Viet Nam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam;

2 Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam;;

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Responding to climate change at the local level plays an important role in building resilience and supporting the implementation of the National Climate Change Plan. Due to its geopolitical characteristics, Vietnamese provinces developed their own climate change action plans, taking the climate change impacts on that province, its financial capacity, and the homogeneity of the provincial plan with the national action plan into consideration. Currently, in the world, there are very few studies on assessing the implementation of climate policies at the local level as well as their effects on the national climate policies. From that perspective, this paper aims to fulfill that existing gap by assessing Viet Nam’s city/provincial efforts on climate change response and their contribution to the national goals. The assessment applied both top–down and bottom–up approaches which is a combination of the review of legal documents and results of the implementation of 63 cities/provincial climate change action plans (PAPCs) and their relevance to the national goals. The study uses information from the PAPCs of 63 provinces/cities in Viet Nam to analyze their goals, content, and results to achieve the goals as set out in the National Strategy on Climate Change. On that basis, it was shown that in the coming time, it is necessary to further strengthen the coherence during the development process of central, ministerial, and local action plans in order to achieve the national goals to respond to climate change, contributing to the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.


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Huong, H.T.L.; Quang, V.D.D.; Nga, T.T.T. Responding to Climate Change at Provincial Level in Viet Nam. VN J. Hydrometeorol. 2020, 6, 11-25. 


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