The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has announced updated details on climate change, extreme weather and rising sea level scenarios with data from 2009 to 2012, according to Minister Nguyen Minh Quang.

At an international seminar held in Hanoi on August 17, Quang said scenarios were made based on results of analysis from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The seminar heard the IPPC’s special report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters and methods of adapting to climate change.

Based on the findings, Vietnamese scientists will coordinate with their international colleagues to collate reports on climate extremes and disasters to serve policy making and to build and implement national and local development plans and strategies, said the ministry.

Head of the IPCC Rajendra Pachauri said the large urban areas are likely to be hit hard by climate change, flooding and disasters.

The official called for close cooperation from the government level to all people to provide adequate early warning and evacuate people to safe shelters.

The seminar focused on Vietnam’s strategy on climate change, mitigation of disaster risks and rural development in the context of changes in climate extremes in the country, as well as sectors’ demands to adapt to climate change and rural development in that context.-VNA