Monday, December 26, 2011

Vietnam's climate response lacks resources

Vietnam News: Insufficient human resources was a major challenge for Viet Nam in responding to climate change, said head of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry's Personnel and Organisation Department Ta Dinh Thi.

Thi said that although Viet Nam launched its first National Target Programme to respond to climate change in 2008, the biggest difficulty in its implementation lied in a shortage of staff specialising in the climate change-related sector at all levels. Most staff working in the sector had been trained in other fields and were assigned to do other tasks at the same time.

At present, there are nearly 50,000 people working in administrative and research institutions belonging to the natural resources and environment sector, but more than half of them work in the land management sub-sector, with only 1 per cent focused on tackling climate change.

"Preparing human resources in the climate change sector is an urgent task, especially at local levels," said the deputy director of Viet Nam's Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment, Tran Hong Thai....

Blue hour in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), shot by Kham Tran -, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

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