A European Union-funded project on enhancing the capacity of Vietnamese communities to integrate environmental issues into socio-economic development was reviewed at a conference in Hanoi on February 26.

The performance of the 2011-2014 project has been implemented across 18 districts in the northern provinces of Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc and Hung Yen, and the central province of Thanh Hoa.

Over the past three years, 108 senior officials from five local non-Governmental organisations have been trained in human resources management, leadership, negotiation and policy lobbying, while 133 local officials have learnt about environment policies, the classification of refuse and the use of bio materials in treating farming waste.

They will later instruct educational groups to help locals grasp these skills.

At community level, hundreds of officials and households have benefited from 13 sub-projects, including ones on animal husbandry under an ecological model and sustainable forest management.

At national level, Vietnam has a legal framework and a detailed strategy in place regarding the environment and climate change, with its actions founded on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 2005 Law on Environment Protection and national target programmes on climate change adaptation.

However, residents in rural and mountainous areas still know little about the links between their daily lives and environment and climate change issues, thus limiting their involvement in policymaking in this regard.-VNA