Ariyana conventional centre in Da Nang - the venue of GEF-6 activities (Photo: http://daidoanket.vn)

Da Nang (VNA) – A workshop was held in the central city of Da Nang on June 24 to discuss strategies for food and cool chain development with the aim of enhancing adaptation to climate change.

Co-organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and relevant agencies, the event was part of the sixth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that opened in the central city of Da Nang on June 23 and will run through June 29.

During the workshop, participants shared their ideas and experience on the significance of integrated approaches on food chain which opens the way to multi-benefits in the global scale.

Efforts of UNIDO and its partners in the field were highlighted, along with methods of approaching food in value chains.

At the same time, representatives of the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and private enterprises as well as integrated cold chain logistics service provider ABA CoolTrans and Viet Hien coffee processing firm, also shared their practical experience.

Participants also stressed the need of combining innovative technologies in processing, transporting and storing agricultural products to minimise energy use as well as post-harvest losses and waste, thus enhancing the products’ quality and climate change mitigation.

This year, UNIDO will support Vietnam by sharing international practices to private sectors and technology research facilities, creating favourable conditions for technology transfer activities, human resource development, environmental protection, efficient energy use, investment promotion, and responsible business.

UNIDO will also assist Vietnam in enhancing capacity in preparing for and implementing strategies and policies to develop industry and trade with the target of greener and more energy efficient production.

GEF was established on the eve of 1992 in Rio Earth Summit to help tackle the planet’s most pressing environmental problems. So far, the GEF has provided over 17.9 billion USD in grants and mobilised an additional 93.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4,500 projects in 170 countries.

Today, GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organisations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues.-VNA