The ‘Strategic mainstreaming of ecosystem-based adaptation in Vietnam’ project was launched in Hanoi on May 29 following a signing ceremony on execution agreement between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ).

The project, which is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), will be implemented until 2019.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha expressed his hope that the project would be effectively implemented and achieve desired goals.

As one of the countries suffering the worst impacts of climate change , Ha said, Vietnam has issued many laws and policies to mitigate those impacts such as the National Strategy for Disaster Prevention, Response and Mitigation to 2020; and the National Strategy and National Plan of Action on Climate Change.

Ulrich Nicklas, representative of the BMUB, appreciated the traditional cooperation between the two countries’ ministries.

Vietnam is a priority partner of the International Climate Initiative and since 2008, 39 bilateral and multilateral projects, relating to CO2 mitigation, adaptation and absorption and biodiversity preservation, have been carried out in the Southeast Asian country.

Jochem Lange, GIZ chief representative, said that the agency would use its expertise and international experience to implement the project.-VNA