Scientists and managers from Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) gathered at a training programme on building green growth capacity for Vietnam , in Hanoi on Dec. 12.

The programme was co-organised by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), the RoK Environment Institute and the Global Green Growth Institute.

The scholars discussed a wide range of matters, including the principles and pathways of green growth, impacts of these policies on science, technology and agriculture, using natural resources and managing waste; preservation of bio-diversity, green job creation, water resources, green energy and cooperative development.

Associate Prof. and Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, VASS Vice President said the economy is consuming a large volume of energy and placing adverse impacts on the environment due to overexploitation of natural resources at a time when the country’s weak technology cannot effectively treat associated waste products.

Thuan highlighted the need for Vietnam to change its growth model in a sustainable manner, in combination with green growth.

Prof. Cae-Won Kim from Seoul National University said the RoK is a leading country in implementing a green growth model, adding that the RoK government has put forward an array of comprehensive initiatives to make the country a society producing less carbon.

The RoK also targets behaviour change and awareness of these issues, the professor said.

He suggested Vietnam organise more training programmes on building green growth capacity for managers, lecturers and researchers at relevant ministries, institutes and universities, contributing to expanding the model in Asia.

The green growth model has been applied by many countries worldwide, with the aim of reducing greenhouse emissions, mitigating impacts of climate change and improving the quality of economic growth.

Restructuring the economy towards sustainable development and environmental protection has become a trend for many countries worldwide after they suffered from the strong impacts of global economic and financial crises in the past three years./.