Students and professors from the University of Montana learn about how people are dealing with life and livelihoods under dynamic conditions

Returning to Vietnam

35_cai_7008Eight students and one professor from the University of Montana will be in Vietnam from December 28, 2016 – January 19, 2017 for the seventh annual study abroad field course focused on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Mekong Delta. This innovative program is made possible through a partnership between The University of Montana’s Mansfield Center and Can Tho University.

31_fullsizerender-8Students will study the intertwined relationships of society, environment, and economy, and look at the potential impacts of climate change to see how people are adapting, or planning to adapt, to the coming changes.

The group will spend several days in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), take field trips to coastal fishing communities, meet with rice and aquaculture farmers, and visit cultural sites. They’ll also travel to mangrove forests in Ca Mau Province and tropical forests in Cat Tien National Park (one of the largest areas of lowland tropical forests left in Vietnam), and spend four days in a homestay.

Meet the group and follow along through our daily blog posts and photos.17_img_3385

One response

  1. Hello Professor Nicky Phear and all visiting students,
    Once again, I’m pleased to welcome you to my former home country Vietnam and honored to monitor your feedback next few weeks. Unfortunately and as for background, 2016 is the worst natural and man-made disaster time in Vietnam: an illegal toxin release of Taiwan’s Formosa steel plant killed fishes and corals along 300-miles coast of north central region ( 5-10 millions Vietnamese impacted), the Mekong delta experienced 100-year drought that caused 10% agri. losses (-1% GDP), permanent salt-water penetration, historic flooding is devastating every province of central Vietnam with human loss in the hundreds and material loss in the billions… Despite all these, I hope your trip will be productive and as always, Vietnamese will greet you with smiles and hospitality. Bon voyage et bon chance!

    December 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm

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