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Environmental Changes and Migration under the Forces of Climate Change in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

There is no doubt that the Mekong Delta is facing serious threats caused by climate change and Mekong upstream dams. In recent years, those threats have resulted in large-scale landslide along major waterways and coastal erosion in most of provinces in the region. As a result, thousands of farmers have to leave their homes – many of which were swept away by river bank/coastal erosion – and migrate to urban areas in search of new jobs (off-farming jobs). The landslide has also caused severe impacts on local ecosystems: many pieces of jungle along the rivers and mangrove forests have been eroded and shrunk. While many official stats by local authorities remain unpublic, researches by scientists are difficult, and usually unreachable, for ordinary audience/people to understand and observe the situation of those issues. Thus, our research work aims to collect and analyze the stats by local governments and scientists to make a comprehensive and in-depth story on how climate change and other human-caused impacts are changing local ecosystems and livelihood (unusual migration patterns). This story will be “told” in infographic format – in which thermatic maps are made to highlight disaster prone areas and major flows of migrants in the Mekong while specific/unique narratives and quotes from local people are added to making it visible, easily understandable, impressive and informative to everyone, especially the public who are not majoring in the field of environmental studies.

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Field Value
Dataset topic category Climate change
  • English
Dataset reference date January 10, 2018
Temporal extent's start date June 1, 2016
Temporal extent's end date June 1, 2017
  • Viet Nam
Process Step Field trips and Environmental Historical Analysis, Primary & secondary data from provincial authorities, Non-structured Interviews, Data Analysis: SPSS, Mapinfo, etc
Lineage - Data collected and analyzed by the authors during their field visits to concerned provinses in December 2017. - Data provided by local authorities in concerned provinces in December 2017. - Data provided by the Economic Department of Mekong Delta Steering Committee in December 2017. - Data cited from Mekong Environment Forum website: - Nguyen Minh Quang (2017). Is Vietnam in for Another Devastating Drought? The Diplomat.
Responsible party Name: Danh Den Tel: 0971671106 Email:
License CC-BY-NC-4.0
Copyright To be determined
Version dataset version 1.0
  • An Giang
  • Bac Lieu
  • Ben Tre
  • Ca Mau
  • Can Tho
  • Dong Thap
  • Hau Giang
  • Kien Giang
  • Long An
  • Soc Trang
  • Tien Giang
  • Tra Vinh
  • Vinh Long
Keywords climate changes in Vietnam,Mekong delta drought,migration in mekong delta,mekong dams impacts,sea level rise
Date uploaded January 5, 2018, 08:14 (UTC)
Date modified May 16, 2018, 07:46 (UTC)