Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has pinpointed Vietnam’s response to climate change as one of the top national tasks as it has caused natural calamities in the country, resulting in serious losses of human life and property.

Addressing the third forum on disaster risk mitigation and climate change adaptation in Hanoi on October 10, Deputy PM Hai said that Vietnam joined and adopted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol.

The country listed 62 projects on climate change adaptation that it will kick-start soon, 16 of them will begin this year, involving efforts to minimise the risk of flooding, salt intrusion and landslides, Hai noted.

Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development who heads the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, said despite frequent occurrences of disasters over the past five years, human losses are down 8 percent and the number of injured fell by 17 percent thanks to the Government, ministries and agencies’ efforts.

To better adapt to climate change, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang said Vietnam is looking to reduce poverty, ensure gender equality and social welfare, protect natural resources and raise public awareness of climate change adaptation.

Priority will be given to monitoring climate change and weather forecasting.

Participants discussed legal frameworks, coordination mechanisms among ministries, sponsors and relevant agencies in the response.

The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.-VNA