The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has announced the national climate change strategy and climate change and sea level rise scenario for Vietnam.

Addressing the announcement ceremony in Hanoi on March 7, MONRE Minister Nguyen Minh Quang said the Vietnamese Government has ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol and is completing legal documents on the control and mitigation of natural disasters.

The strategy, which was approved by the Prime Minister on Dec. 5, 2011, comprises six components with 10 strategic tasks to deal with climate change. It outlines overall objectives, priority projects to be implemented in 2011-2015, and plans for 2016-2025 as well as objectives for 2050, with a vision to 2100. It also identifies strategic tasks to cope with global climate change.

Director of the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment Prof. Dr Tran Thuc said MONRE completed the scenario in 2009 based on estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change scenario of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Climate Change with updates on climate systems.

Also at the event, the international community highlighted the Vietnamese Government’s efforts to cope with global climate change and pledged continued financial and technological assistance in the field.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment also organised discussions on increasing coordination capability in coping with and implementing policies on climate change, financial issues in facing climate change in Vietnam and enhancing awareness, capacity, education and training and scientific and technological development in climate change.