Erosion caused by climate change (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Basic knowledge of climate change, its impacts and measures to tackle and respond to the issue have been introduced to officials in the central province of Quang Ngai and the northern province of Lai Chau as part of a project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“Capacity building for implementation of national climate change strategy” is set to run from 2014-2018 with the aim of strengthening awareness, institutional capacity and scientific techniques to implement an effective national climate change strategy for relevant agencies and localities.

Thanks to knowledge gained during courses endorsed by the UNDP, trainees have been able to assess the lasting impacts of climate change and formulate solutions to respond to them.

According to the Department of Hydrometeorology and Climate Change under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, ministries, branches and provinces need to enhance weather monitoring, provide early warnings, ensure food and water security and reinforce river dykes and sea defences.

The department also stressed the importance of completing mechanisms and policies on climate change and calling for local residents to join hands to fight the issue.

Head of the department Nguyen Van Tue said that they will help localities evaluate the efficiency of activities to battle climate change while asking the UNDP for further support in other provinces and cities.-VNA