The national strategy on climate change for 2050 and the vision to 2100 were discussed at an international workshop in Hanoi on April 21 after twice being revised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The event, drawing crowds of representatives from international donors, foreign corps and non-governmental organisations, heard Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha report on Vietnam ’s efforts to encounter climate change impacts.

Vietnam considers effort to cope with climate change a vital issue as the country is potentially one of the worst-affected nations, said the deputy minister.

The World Bank representative recommended the country should determine the order of priorities in climate change adaptation in the context of limited funding.

Official development assistance (ODA) attraction, legal upgrade and stronger financial mechanisms would work in raising funds for the effort to cope with climate change, said the WB expert.

A representative from the Danish Embassy to Vietnam advised Vietnam to diversify the methods of cooperation and create multilateral partnerships.

Focus should be laid on non-refundable aid to increase competence, transfer of technology and managerial and practical experience in climate change adaptation while increasing international cooperation in the interest of development in Vietnam , said the Danish diplomat.

International donors reached a consensus on stronger cooperation with and assistance for Vietnam in coping with climate change and its impact on the environment, economy and society.

The second draft of the strategy was recognised as a great improvement, with more concrete goals, including targets for a low carbon economy and green growth as a key trend for sustainable development.

The bill has also emphasised reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an increase in absorption of greenhouse gases as compulsory targets in socio-economic development./.