Vietnam needs better policies to cope with climate change in the context that it is recognised as one of the 30 countries in the world most vulnerable to the impacts of this global issue.

The country’s Mekong Delta region, which groups 12 provinces and one centrally-run city, is particularly prone to environmental changes, a symposium heard in Hanoi on May 16.

The function was held by the National Assembly’s Committee of Science, Technology and Environment to review how policy in the field has panned out.

Experts were told that the Party, State and Government are acutely aware of environmental issues, and have thus enforced a lot of policies. These include the national target programme on building breakwaters in the southern and central parts of the country and raising public awareness of the detrimental impacts of climate change.

They agreed that ministries and localities should gradually create a favourable legal environment for the development of a green growth economy, while increasing investment in developing systems of hydro-meteorological stations and natural calamity warning centres.

Local authorities are advised to encourage organisations and individuals in and out of the country to raise money and spread further models helping mitigate the impacts of climate change.-VNA