International donors highly valued the Vietnamese Government’s efforts to improve policy on climate change adaptation, and pledged their continued support for Vietnam, representatives from the Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change (SP-RCC) announced in a meeting in Hanoi on October 8.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said Vietnam greatly appreciated the support from international partners and hoped they would assist the country in the long run.

In addition to international funds, Vietnam persuaded a number of private businesses to invest in adaptation measures, he added.

He confirmed that the Government would earmark approximately 3 trillion VND (135 million USD) for climate change adaptation, with a special focus on afforestation.

He urged relevant ministries and sectors to work with international donors to accelerate the implementation of the SP-RCC programme in Vietnam post-2015.

Vietnam is implementing the National Strategy on Climate Change, the Green Growth Strategy and the Law on Environmental Protection.

The SP-RCC programme has been implemented in Vietnam since 2009 with more than 200 relevant policies adopted by Vietnamese ministries and development partners.-VNA