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Vietnam Development Report (VDR) 2011: Natural Resources Management

December 7, 2010


The theme of this VDR is natural resources management. The main question that the VDR poses is: How can natural resources be used efficiently to promote robust economic growth and alleviate poverty in a manner that is environmentally and socially sustainable?

December 7-8, 2010 - The Vietnam Development Report (VDR) is a joint development partner report. It aims to inform the reform agenda of the government of Vietnam and to harmonize development partner support for this framework.

Therefore the emphasis is not so much on background description as it is on a discussion of the way forward.

The current VDR is one in a long series of annual reports addressing the most important development topics of Vietnam. They do so against the backdrop of the Socio-Economic Development Plan, which lays out the government’s broad development agenda.

The theme of this VDR is natural resources management. The main question that the VDR poses is: How can natural resources be used efficiently to promote robust economic growth and alleviate poverty in a manner that is environmentally and socially sustainable?

An examination of that question entails addressing several subthemes that run through the different chapters. The report is organized to address the lead themes of efficiency, environmental sustainability, and equity in
sectoral chapters on land, water, forests, marine resources, and mineral resources.

The first chapter provides a broad overview connecting the sectoral chapters. A statistical annex provides further data
in support of the text.

The VDR is the result of a consultative process involving not only development partners but also nongovernmental organizations, academics, researchers, and independent consultants. The process has been coordinated by the World Bank.


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