The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam will pay attention to new projects proposed by the Vietnamese side in the fields of climate change and preserving bio-diversity.

UNDP Country Director Louise Chamberlain made the pledge at an annual session in Hanoi on August 20 with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to review their cooperation and work out their future projects.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha asked UNDP for continued support in projects of natural resources and environment in parallel with helping Vietnam in setting up measurements of the development of its green economy in the near future.

The ministry intends to propose five projects to UNDP encompassing reserving significant wetlands; improving the implementation capacity of the Rio Convention in Vietnam and the climate change strategy; areas contaminated with pesticide chemicals; and benefits of natural resources sharing.

UNDP is among the international organisations supporting Vietnam in many environment-related projects, with seven conducted so far.

Louise Chamberlain said the projects that have been supported by UNDP, including those on building climate change response capacity and treating environmental pollution at dioxin-contaminated areas, have been on the right track.

For other projects that are underway, she urged the Ministry to shorten the appraising and approval time to make the implementation process speedy.-VNA