Climate change and importance of coastal protection

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Something which I would like to highlight:
One example of adaptation is what the Vietnam Red Cross (VNRC) has done. In Vietnam’s northern coastal provinces, the VNRC has financed the planting of 12,000 hectares of mangrove trees to break the waves typically associated with tropical typhoons and to act as a buffer to 110 kilometers of sea dyke. While US$ 1.1 million was spent on the program, the benefits have proved to be greater than the costs as dyke maintenance have been reduced by US$ 7.3 million each year.12 While building better infrastructure to protect human settlements is necessary, it is impossible to protect all cities, coastlines and farm land with physical structures. Ultimately the best solution to climate change is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

I hope that you can also relate this to the topic of coastal protection - Soft engineering such as tree planting or mangrove conservation do help to complement hard engineering such as the building of dykes.

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