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A man rides a boat along the overflowing Thu Bon river in Hoi An after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam: the effects of climate change are intensifying extreme weather events in the country (photo: Kham/Reuters/Newscom)

By 2100, climate change could impact more than 12 percent of the Vietnamese population and reduce growth by 10 percent. The Vietnamese government considers the response to climate change a vital issue and has implemented environmental policies to better cope with these risks.

But the country—which has relied heavily on fossil fuels and overexploitation of natural resources—needs to further adapt its economy toward a more sustainable and eco-friendly growth model.

Read more: For Vietnam, Greener Growth Can Reduce Climate Change Risks

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On 22 December 2017 animal and human health experts gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam to discuss ways of disseminating the findings and recommendations of a ‘Surveillance and early-warning systems for climate-sensitive diseases in Vietnam and Laos’, or Pestforecast project.

Read more: Vietnam-based project to design key maps and tools for managing climate-sensitive diseases

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Dr Nguyen Ngoc Sinh, who received Nhan Tai Dat Viet (Vietnam Talent) Award for his general research on the biodiversity of Truong Son Mountains, affirmed that Vietnam needs to set up master plan on the mountain range area to ensure sustainability.   

Truong Son is one of the richest biodiversity centers in the world

In 2010, when the first national workshop on protecting the biodiversity of Truong Son Mountains was organized, Sinh and scientists understood they were considering a very important issue. 

Read more: Truong Son mountains: promising area for climate-change adaptation

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