University of Potsdam – Coastal

Project Title: Ecology and Gender Based Flood Resilience Building in Thua Thien Hue,Central Vietnam (ResilNam)

The University of Potsdam team has worked to improve the resilience of societal groups especially vulnerable to pluvial, river and coastal flooding in the Thua Thien Hue Province of Vietnam through coastal and urban projects, both with potential for upscaling. These activities have helped coastal and urban communities improve resistance against chronic stress and shocks posed by flooding; improved their ability to bounce back in case the capacity to resist is exceeded; and have generated learning, awareness raising and knowledge to achieve a system shift towards more inclusive approaches of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

Watch the in-depth documentary, Building Flood Resilience in Central Vietnam, about the project to build flood resilience in Central Vietnam. The documentary follows the story of three women that have taken part in Potsdam’s ecosystem-based approach to protecting communities from extreme weather.

Facts about the Challenge project


Southeast Asia



Team lead

Philip Bubeck

Lead organization

University of Potsdam 

Local partners

Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD)

International partners

Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam in the Netherlands