A seminar was held in Hanoi on Nov. 15 to promote the renewal of technologies relating to local climate change, and clear out barriers to renewal and innovations by supplying support services for domestic small and medium-sized enterprises.

The seminar, on designing a Climate Innovation Centre (CIC) in Vietnam was jointly held by the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the World Bank (WB)'s Information for Development Programme (InfoDev).

The seminar attracted more than 120 delegates who will join in designing CIC Vietnam.

They will work in teams to define solutions to expand environmental technologies in Vietnam, including development of green technologies, access to financial sources, company growth and business start-up, market shift, policies and legal regulations.

MNRE Deputy Minister Tran Hong Ha emphasised the need for designing a CIC in Vietnam, noting that the implementation process should be done in accordance with the country's laws and human resources.

The joint efforts by participating countries will help Vietnam reduce climate change, he said.

According to Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Kimmo Lahdevirta, Finland will support InfoDev Vietnam in both research and bilateral and multilateral cooperation activities which is designing and operating CIC in some countries, such as Ethiopia, India, Kenya and South Africa.

The Senior Advisor of the Mekong region also pledged help to Vietnamese farmers in the production and research of rice varieties which can adapt to climate change./.