As one of the most fertile regions in the world, the Mekong Delta produces half of Vietnam’s rice, 70% of its aquaculture, and one-third of its GDP. At the same time, the low-lying delta is one of…

Diji Chandrasekharan Behr |

Vietnam has come a long way in its tourism development since the mid-2000s, but now stands at a tipping point where continued rapid and unmanaged growth could have adverse economic, environmental…

Anh Thi Quynh Le, Nikola Kojucharov, Brian Mtonya |

El Niño is back and may be stronger than ever.   A wooden boat is seen stranded on the dry cracked riverbed of the Dawuhan Dam during drought season in Madiun, Indonesia's East Java province…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Vietnam is likely to be among the countries hardest hit by climate change. How has its government invested to respond to this issue? View the full infographic.  Y Cham, whom I met during a mission…

Le Thu Thi Nguyen |

In PDF: Korean | Khmer Every time I learn of another natural disaster – the people killed and injured, homes destroyed, livelihoods lost – I know we must act to reduce the tragic impact instead of…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Jim Yong Kim to Vietnamese Youth: What's Your Plan to Tackle Climate Change? World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim listened to a group of more than 20 young Vietnamese environmental…

Giang Huong Nguyen |

World Bank Vice President for East Asia & Pacific: Coping with Climate Change in Vietnam World Bank Vice President for the East Asia and the Pacific region Axel van Trotsenburg calls for joint…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

A power substation in Yingxhou, Sichuan Province was almost totally destroyed in the magnitude 7.9 Sichuan-Wenchuan earthquake in 2008. The statistics are startling. 75% of global flood mortality…

Abhas Jha |

The World Bank recently launched an East Asia energy flagship report in Singapore: “Winds of Change: East Asia’s Sustainable Energy Future” (full disclosure: I&r

Xiaodong Wang |

A few days before the start of the U.N. climate conference this week in Copenhagen, the results of an interesting – and very relevant – poll were released by the World Bank. While world leaders…

James I Davison |