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Climate Change and Human Development in Viet Nam

This paper examines the implications of climate change on human development in the context of Viet Nam. The report is organized into the following section: trends and predictions for physical vulnerability to climate change, climate change vulnerability in a changing socio-economic context, the institutional and policy environment for climate change response and Viet Nam’s current climate change responses and adaptations. The report concludes by arguing that climate change represents a very real threat to human development progress and co-ordinated action to reduce the impacts of climate change should be a top priority for policymakers, international organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations. The report also asserts that vulnerability to climate change is strongly connected to poverty; therefore, the best long-term adaptation measure for the most vulnerable is continued attempts to reduction poverty in all its forms.