GIS and local knowledge in disaster management: A case study of flood risk mapping in Viet Nam

Phong Tran, Rajib Shaw, Guillaume Chantry, John Norton

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Linking community knowledge with modern techniques to record and analyse risk related data is one way of engaging and mobilising community capacity. This paper discusses the use of the Geographic Information System (GIS) at the local level and the need for integrating modern technology and indigenous knowledge into disaster management. It suggests a way to mobilise available human and technical resources in order to strengthen a good partnership between local communities and local and national institutions. The paper also analyses the current vulnerability of two communes by correlating hazard risk and loss/damage caused by disasters and the contribution that domestic risk maps in the community can make to reduce this risk. The disadvantages, advantages and lessons learned from the GIS flood risk mapping project are presented through the case study of the Quang Tho Commune in Thua Thien Hue province, central Viet Nam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-169
Number of pages18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Community capacity
  • Community participation
  • Flood mapping
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Local knowledge
  • Vulnerability assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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