Towards an integrated approach of disaster and environment management: A case study of Thua Thien Hue province, central Viet Nam

Phong Tran, Rajib Shaw

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Abstract

Disasters and environmental degradation create serious problems all around the world. They are inherently linked, but little attention is paid to their interaction, particularly at local levels. The degree of integration of disaster management and risk analysis with environmental management programs in relation to human vulnerability has been examined in Thua Thien Hue Province, Central Viet Nam. Unsustainable agricultural practices, and inappropriate development programs have contributed substantially to the increase of disaster risks. On the other hand, disasters damage natural resources and reduce environmental quality, indirectly contributing to increasing poverty which in turn, adds to the vulnerability of both natural and human systems, so further increasing disaster losses. Notwithstanding, in Viet Nam, there is a big gap between disaster and environment management policies and programs. In order to bridge the gap, an integrated approach in which environment-disaster linkage, rural-urban linkage, and poverty are brought into focus as core aspects of disaster management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-282
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Hazards
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 6
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disaster
  • Environment
  • Environment-disaster linkage
  • Poverty
  • Vietnam
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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