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July 24, 2014

HANOI, July 24, 2014 -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Vietnam Institute for Urban-Rural Planning (VIUP) under the Ministry of Construction jointly held a workshop today to showcase a new urban planning tool that protects communities and critical infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

As the climate continues to change, Vietnam is increasingly at risk for flooding, extreme heat and sea level rise.  These disasters can disrupt homes, businesses and agriculture, impacting the livelihoods of many Vietnamese. Developed to help reduce disaster risks, the Climate Impacts Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST) can project climate change impacts and suggest ways that urban planning can be used to adapt. By bringing together information about the impacts of climate change—information that is typically found in multiple places and is hard for non-scientists to interpret—into one place, the tool helps cities avoid infrastructure development in most at-risk areas and make better decisions about which areas are safe to develop more intensively as the population grows.

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