Friday, April 19, 2013

Vietnam must adapt to climate change

Viet Nam News: Viet Nam's response to climate change will focus on adaptation, which would be mainly funded by State budget. This left the other approach to climate change, mitigation, open for engagement by the private sector as it concerns technology changes, and low-carbon energy technologies in particular.

These remarks were made by Truong Duc Tri, deputy director of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change at the press briefing on the national action plan for climate change in the period of 2010-20 held in Ha Noi yesterday.

As part of on-going efforts, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved 61 climate change projects that aim to deal with urgent matters. As many as 15 projects have received funding from the State to start their working plans, Tri announced.

Viet Nam has also received considerable amounts of international support. From 2010 to 2012, aid for climate change stood at US$500 million and Viet Nam was expected to receive an additional amount of $830 million.

Tri said that since the first script about climate change and sea level rise for Viet Nam by the end of this century was introduced in 2009, there has been an increased awareness about the seriousness of the issue of climate change across different stakeholders in Viet Nam, particularly local authorities. "This has been reflected in the fact that 45 provinces out of the total 63 have finished compiling their action plans to cope with climate change," he said....

A dike in Vietnam, shot by Nguyễn Thanh Quang, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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