The council will consult with theNational Committee on Climate Change during the design of policies andapplication of advanced science and technology to cope with climatechange in accordance with Vietnam ’s socio-economic developmentstrategies, said Deputy Minister Tran Hong Ha.
Asone of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, Vietnam ishighly aware that mitigating the effects of climate change andpreventing accompanying natural disasters is vital to the country’ssustainable development, he said.
The country hasdeployed numerous measures and policies to tackle climate change andboost green energy development at home while also working together withthe international community to reduce global climate change impacts andprotect the environment, he noted.
Also on January22, the MONRE released Vietnam ’s Special Report on Managing theRisks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate ChangeAdaptation (SREX Vietnam).
According to Dr. PratibhaMehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam , the report was conductedby 40 Vietnamese scientists and eight national institutes with thesupport of the UN Development Programme.
It updates natural disaster risks in Vietnam , as well as elaborates on necessary steps to be taken, she said.
SREX Vietnam also points out the need for a long-term vision onclimate change adaptation when designing strategies for sectors andlocalities in the context of extreme events, she stated.
Beyond handling flood and storm consequences, it is crucial to reducethe risk of extreme weather phenomena by reducing the vulnerability ofcommunities, infrastructure systems, and economic activities, as well asimpacts on agriculture, urban planning, and tourism development, amongothers, says the report.
Professor Tran Thuc, ViceChairman of the Advisory Council, said climate change has led to unusualweather patterns with strong impacts on Vietnam .
Adapting to climate change should be considered a major focus for the country’s public investment, said Thuc.
Vietnam has considerable experience in dealing with dramaticweather and natural disasters, as it faced an average of 6-7 majorstorms annually and countered 74 floods from 1990 to 2010, together withother extreme events including droughts and landslides, he noted.
The SREX Vietnam also dictates a series of measures to respond todisasters and climate change, including analysing risk, improving alertsystems, and enhancing social protection and support systems focusing onthe elderly and children, providing a framework for ministries a ndlocalities to design climate change strategies.-VNA
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