The European Union (EU) will support the transfer of disaster prevention experience to Vietnam, an EU representative in Vietnam has said.

The beneficiary of the know-how will be Vietnam’s new National Programme on Community-Based Disaster Risk Management, which intends to target the 6,000 most hazard-prone communes by 2020, Charge d’ Affaires and Acting Head of the European Commission Delegation to the country Willy Vandenberghe said on September 23.

“It was gratifying that the Vietnamese government has recognised that such models and approaches have helped save lives of adults and children and reduce the severe impact of disasters on the poorest populations,” the EU official said at a consultative meeting held by Vietnam’s Central Committee for Storm and Flood Control and the EC Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO).

The meeting took place on the heels of the EU’s approval of a strategy to help reduce the impact of natural disasters on countries considered to be at high-risk, including Vietnam.

According to the European Commission, the EU has granted 10 million Euros to Vietnam through 40 disaster prevention initiatives since 1998./.