Climate change threatens Vietnam’s economic transformation. Quick action could prevent the worst of the damage.

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Since introducing economic liberalization reforms in the 1980s, Vietnam has steadily been reconstructing its fledgling economy from the ruins of the long-running war that consumed the Indochina Peninsula for almost two decades. Over the last 30 years, the Doi Moi market reforms have propelled Vietnam to the forefront of regional trade, paving the way for economic overhaul through increased trade partnerships and integration into the global political economy. However, for a nation heavily dependent on the agricultural industry for national growth, climate change threatens to undermine decades of economic progress by seriously threatening water, food, and energy security, and thus, Vietnam’s newfound strength.

Read more: Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change in Vietnam


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


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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