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Climate change is now widely regarded as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, and adapting to it is an urgent requirement for countries across the world. The less developed countries of the Asia and Pacific region, despite contributing the least to the emission of greenhouse gases, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: How Can Countries Adapt compiles policies and best practices on climate change adaptation, emphasizing the fact that the Asia and Pacific region needs immediate measures—both structural and nonstructural—in order to adapt to climate change. The discussions elaborate on issues related to water resources, agriculture, and natural resources management, which are some of the most vital sectors for the region from environmental, social, and economic perspectives.

Although the policies and measures discussed in the book are specific to the Asia and Pacific region, the key findings will be relevant to other regions as well; for example, Africa and Latin America. Policymakers and researchers involved in the study of climate change adaptation will find this volume of great interest.

Financing Adaptation Responses: Disaster Mitigation in Viet Nam
Financing adaptation responses: Disaster mitigation in Viet Nam
Bui DuongNghieu
20.1 Introduction

Consequences of natural disasters are severe, visible, but unpredictable. Recent studies suggest that climate change will create more natural disasters and they will be more severe. Natural disasters lead to diminished economic growth rates and erase achievements of hunger eradication and poverty reduction. As to enterprises, natural disasters delay their production and business processes, thus increasing expenses and losses. For households, natural disasters are catastrophes. After natural disasters, poor people become poorer. Moreover, following a storm or a natural disaster event, many formerly poor households (who have just escaped from poverty) are quickly pushed back into poverty (re-poverty).

Risks and losses following natural disasters are huge, but financial resources ...

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