The second phase of Vietnam’s society resilient against disasters project was launched on April 23 with the signing of an agreement between several Vietnamese provinces and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Under the agreement, the Japanese side will donate 393 million JPY (approximately 4.17 million USD) to the second phase which aims to improving water-related disaster prevention through an integrated flood management (IFM) system. It is due to start in September and last three years.

Japanese experts will be sent to Vietnam to help the country transfer technology while Vietnamese partners will receive training in Japan.

Vietnamese agencies involved in the project include the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and authorities from the central provinces of Nghe An, Quang Binh, Ha Tinh and Thua Thien Hue.

Besides, JICA provide machinery and equipment.

"Japan has long history and experience of dealing with natural disasters, I hope this project can utitise that knowledge and contribute to the reduction of flood risks in the central provinces while increasing the resilience of society against the dangers,” said JICA Vietnam Chief Representative Tsuno Motonori.

The first phase of the project was carried out by JICA from 2009 to 2012. It was successful in its aims, including the formulation of an Integrated Flood Management Plan in Thua Thien Hue province and the preparation of guidelines on community based disaster resilience management.-VNA