SNV expert discusses bringing climate-adaptive businesses to scale in the Mekong Delta

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SNV expert, Alex Downs, participated as a keynote speaker at an international climate adaptation side event held in Viet Nam on 7 January.

The event focused on the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta and formed part of the upcoming Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS). A recording of the side event will be showcased at CAS which will take place on 25 and 26 January in the Netherlands.

During the event, Downs relayed his experience of working on the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) project which helps bring climate-adaptive businesses to scale. He focused on specific examples of DFCD projects in Viet Nam which include a sustainable shrimp farming project and a seaweed farming cooperative project. To see a list of DFCD projects, please visit the DFCD project page.

Climate Adaptation Summit side event

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of The Socialist Republic Of Viet Nam, The Embassy Of The Kingdom Of The Netherlands and Viet Nam, The World Bank Viet Nam and WWF Viet Nam organized a side event on the national climate adaptation plan and the experiences in the Mekong Delta. The side event aimed to increase public and political visibility and commitment for several adaptation actions. At the same time, it showcased the efforts planned and done by the government of Viet Nam to sustain a call to the development partners to mobilize additional resources to boost its climate resilience.

Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS 2021)

The focus of CAS 2021 will be on finding solutions that enable people to adapt to the effects of climate change, such as extreme rainfall, drought, heatwaves and rising sea levels. World leaders such as Angela Merkel, Ban Ki‐moon and UN Secretary‐General António Guterres will attend the high‐level opening session in the Netherlands and launch a broad Adaptation Action Agenda, setting out practical climate solutions and plans up to 2030.

Adapting to the effects of climate change

Adaptation is no longer a choice, it is a necessity for handling the current climate crisis. At the same time, the current flows of climate finance are focused on mitigation, and there is a need to scale up the focus on adaptation.

To learn more about SNV climate adaptation projects