Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Climate change will wreak havoc on central Vietnam: study

Viet Nam News Service: Climate change will bring storms and drought to central Viet Nam, devastating the livelihoods of fishermen and farmers in the region, according to a report released this week by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE).

MoNRE’s Vu Van Tuan, who headed the report team, said the two worst hit provinces were likely to be Ninh Thuan and Khanh Hoa, where 35 per cent of residents had lifted themselves from poverty in the last decade and 19 per cent had fallen below the poverty line. Another 4 per cent of the households said they had moved in and out of poverty in the last decade, while 40 per cent said their financial circumstances had remained unchanged.

Tuan said the poverty survey had been conducted in a number of coastal communes in the two provinces where 50 per cent of households interviewed are listed as poor by the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs. The majority of residents in the these provinces earn their livelihoods from fishing or fishing-related jobs.

Tuan said storms and floods off the coast of these communes frequently sank ships, killed residents and destroyed coastal infrastructure and crops. Droughts on the other hand also devastated crops and increased susceptibility to diseases such as diarrhoea through consumption of contaminated water supplies, the report said.

…To alleviate the negative effects of climate change, MoNRE said the State should assimilate the National Climate Change Adaptation plan into the programme for hunger and poverty reduction. The ministry also said more meteorological stations should be set up in the central region and that greater emphasis should be placed on disaster relief.

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