Over 100 scientists from central and Central Highlands cities and provinces gathered for a workshop on November 19 in Quang Nam province to map out plans and measures to cope with climate change.

At the workshop, participants pointed out the main reasons that make the central and Central Highlands regions vulnerable to climate change, which also affect food and energy security, the environment and society.

They said it is necessary to promote sustainable socio-economic development and green growth in the country on the basis of using reasonably natural resources and livelihood and raising public awareness of climate change.

The rapid exhaustion of natural resources, the sharp decrease of forest cover along with the increasing level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are basic causes behind global climate change in general and the situation in the regions in particular.

Vietnam is working to develop into an industrialised country by 2020. There are some matters arising from the move for harmonious development between industrial expansion; food and energy security and natural resources exploitation with environmental protection and community livelihood.

The country has exerted efforts to settle the matters. The Government has approved the National Strategy on Climate Change and took many measures to deal with challenges that face the country in the field.

The event is expected to provide state management agencies and social organisations with necessary skills in coping with climate change effectively.-VNA