Project launched to mitigate climate change

Tuesday, 2014-06-10 21:45:52
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The signing and launching ceremony
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Nhan Dan Online- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Germany Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) on June 10 launched a project worth 4 million EUR ( US$5.4 million) supporting nationally appropriate climate change mitigation actions in Vietnam. 

The signatories were Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources Nguyen Linh Ngoc and Environment and GIZ Country Director Jochem Lange.

Accordingly, the project is implemented by GIZ and the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment from now to 2018. GIZ will help improve the ministry’s capacity in co-ordinating and instructing other ministries and sectors to carry out climate change mitigation measures.

It will also collaborate with Vietnam to conduct some projects, set up national monitoring, reporting and assessment tools, and enhance international negotiation capacity on climate change.

Deputy Minister Nguyen Linh Ngoc said that climate change is posing a major threat to Vietnam’s environment and food security in the 21st century.

The amount of green house gas emissions in Vietnam rose from 21 million tonnes of CO2 in 1990 to 150 million tonnes in 2000. It is predicted to reach 300 million tonnes by 2020, he noted.

Owning a long coastline, Vietnam faces many typhoons and other natural disasters every year. It is one of the five countries most vulnerable to climate change.