Vietnam to be more active in int’l efforts to respond to climate change

10 March 2015

Vietnam should play a more active role in international efforts to respond to climate change, instead of just calling for assistance from international organisations, said Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang.

In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on prioritised response programmes in 2015, the minister said responding to climate change is both an urgent and long-term task for the country, citing forecasts that Vietnam is one of the 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change by the end of this century.

According to the minister, the Mekong Delta—the nation’s largest rice granary— is among the three deltas hardest hit by the phenomenon, while climate change is also directly affecting 28 coastal localities and the Red River Delta.

The National Committee on Climate Change Response, headed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and relevant agencies have built strategies, plans of actions and national target programmes to realise the Party Central Committee’s Resolution 24-NQ/TW on responding to climate change and strengthening natural resource management and environmental protection, Quang said, adding that the National Assembly also issued a resolution on climate change adaptation in the Mekong Delta.

The minister highlighted the need to adjust climate change response scenarios for vulnerable localities until 2100, given the unpredictable climate developments, citing Ben Tre province where the sea level is rising at higher-than-predicted rates as an example.

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