Scientists working in science and technology, and environment gathered at a seminar in the central city of Da Nang on December 4 to discuss how to better adapt to climate change.

The event was held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as part of the Scientific and Technological Programme serving the National Target Programme to Respond to Climate Change (NTPRCC).

In his opening speech, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thai Lai said Vietnam is seen as one of countries hardest hit by climate change, especially its Mekong Delta region.

In recent year, climate change has adversely impacted on both production and living conditions as well as national poverty reduction goals and sustainable development of all sectors nationwide, he noted.

During the seminar, participants shared information and practical experience in assessing environment and climate change impacts, and proposed measures in response to climate change.

Realising threats of climate change to national sustainable development, the Government has swiftly made an overall plan to cope with the phenomena. In 2008, it approved the NTPRCC.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Science and Technology was assigned to work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to build and implement a scientific and technological programme to serve the NTPRCC in the 2011-2015 period, which aims to map out methods to effectively tackle climate change.

After the three years of implementation, the programme has greatly contributed to mitigating climate change impacts on Vietnam.-VNA