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45-1Viet Nam is highly vulnerable to climate change. It is among the 10 most affected countries by natural disasters as per the Long-Term Climate Risk Index (CRI). Rural poor in coastal areas and mountainous ethnic minority people are especially at risk and in need of heightened resilience.

While Viet Nam has obtained many achievements in most of the MDGs especially its remarkable decrease in the poverty rate, it has not achieved MDG7 on ensuring environmental sustainability. Despite significant Government efforts to adopt necessary legal frameworks, strategies and programmes, the policy enforcement and social norms are inadequate to ensure the environmental sustainability. Additionally, rapid industrialization and urbanization have depleted natural resources and degraded the environment, which in turn has affected local livelihoods and quality of lives.