The National Target Programme on Responding to Climate Change from 2011-2015 has shown remarkable results since its approval by the Prime Minister in 2008.

As of 2014, the programme built and updated the climate change and rising sea level scenarios while evaluating the impact of climate change on each field and region and promulgating action plans for each ministry, sector and locality.

Organisation and management has been strengthened and legal policies were designed to mitigate greenhouse gas effects, according to the National Committee on Climate Change Response.

Vietnam’s efforts were supported by the international community who provided over 1.3 billion USD to counter environmental changes over the past five years.

A number of adaptive measures were carried out, such as building flood-proof houses, treating salt water, growing mangrove forests along coastal areas and improving transport and irrigation systems.

The central, Central Highlands, and Mekong Delta regions in particular invested in the construction of 226 automatic rain measurement stations and in improvements to natural disaster warning systems.

As the target programme concludes in 2015, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has updated the climate change and rising sea level scenarios in each locality, to be announced in the fourth quarter of this year, enabling ministries and localities to build a feasible action plan for the next period from 2016-2020.

In addition to expanding effective adaptive models, localities will continue raising public awareness of opportunities and challenges from climate change.

The National Committee said the Prime Minister has also approved the allocation of 3 trillion VND (140.6 million USD) from ODA capital sources to implement 16 unfinished projects under the Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change (SPRCC).

Money is prioritised in the Mekong Delta, one of the most vulnerable regions to the phenomenon.

Additionally, nearly 50 projects growing and rehabilitating mangrove forests along coastal areas have been carrying out to protect the marine ecosystem, prevent erosion, increase forest coverage and ensure local livelihood.

This year, ministries and relevant sectors will launch 10 projects to upgrade dykes and water reservoirs in coastal regions.-VNA