The third session of Vietnam – Netherlands Intergovernmental Committee on adaptation to climate change and water management was held on December 16 in Hanio. Attendants of the session included Vietnam Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang – Vice President division of Vietnam Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Thai Lai and representatives of ministries and mass organizations Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Netherlands , Ms. Melanie Schultz van Haegen – Netherlands Division presidents; the Dutch Embassy in Vietnam and the experts.
In his opening speech at the meeting , Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang said: the agreement on strategic cooperation in response to climate change and water management ( SPA ) signed on October 4, 2010 by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Prime Minister Balkenende is a landmark in the cooperation in this field. According to Minister Nguyen Minh Quang , SPA agreement has opened a new vision for the strategic partnership between the two governments, determined goals and strategic priorities for cooperation in the coming years to support Vietnam to cope with challenges posed by climate change through programs , master plan based on the comprehensive cohesion among different levels, sectors, regions, businesses, research Institutes of the two countries in the field of adaptation to climate change and water management .
After more than two years of implementation, activities in the framework of this cooperation have been established and effectively realized. Experts of the two countries have been working together and coordinate closely with each other to implement the program and have achieved significant initial results. Specifically, the cooperation project between Ho Chi Minh City and Rotterdam , after more than 15 months of implementation, has gained a great success with the Strategy adapting to climate in Ho Chi Minh City by 2100. The Project Plan for the Mekong Delta is about to end and has achieved positive results with recommendations and practical solutions to the Mekong River Delta .
At the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on the implementation progress of the content that had been signed within the framework of the agreement at the second session and at the same time discussed the next steps in the framework of the agreement. Also, the two sides discussed the contents in the agreement that are being implemented, namely: Undergraduate and Graduate education and leading institutes for water research, Strengthening business and trade relations between Vietnam – Netherlands in the field of water management , Mekong River Delta Plan , Project Ho Chi Minh City seaward in adaptatin to climate change, cooperation programs between the two governments on water services and climate, water management of the Red River .
At the meeting , Mr. Nguyen Thanh Nghi , Deputy Minister of Construction presented proposals on water supply, sewage treatment and sanitation in the Mekong River Delta and reccommended reducing losses in water supply and drainage in this area. The Netherlands delegation welcomed these proposals and expressed interest in more specific research on collaborative method.
In addition, the two sides also considered the most appropriate ways to cooperate on the proposed partnership opportunities on the Red River . The parties agreed to cooperate and find suitable partners for collaboration proposed by the Ministry of Construction and Transportation Ministry of Vietnam and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands .
The Third Session Intergovernmental Committee Vietnam – Netherlands on adaptation to climate change and water management have ended successfully. In his concluding remark, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang said: This session affirmed the strong continued commitment of both the Government of Vietnam and the Netherlands to put forward the Agreements on Stratefic Partnership in adaptation to climate change and water management signed in 2010.
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