A workshop reviewing the implementation of the Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change (SP-RCC) in Vietnam – launched in 2009 - was held in Hanoi on April 16.

Jointly organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the event was also to share experience between the programme’s donors and Vietnam’s governmental agencies in building policies matching the country’s priorities and international trends in the field.

In his opening speech, Deputy Minister Tran Hong Ha said the SP-RCC , which aims to hasten the performance of the national target programme on responding to climate change, received attention from ministries, sectors and localities across the country and had benefitted from the technical and financial assistance offered by the international community.

Apart from the JICA, the programme is supported by five other donors - the French Development Agency (AFD), the Australian Government, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the World Bank, and the Republic of Korea’s Eximbank, with total financial aid worth nearly 1 billion USD. It has helped Vietnam’s ministries better their legal documents related to climate change adaptation, Ha added.

Over the last five years, the SP-RCC’s donors also worked closely with Vietnamese ministries to set up 219 policy actions, contributing to realising the Party and State’s target of coping with climate change.

According to Mutsuya Mori, JICA Chief Representative in Vietnam, his agency has decided to further study the impact of the programme and the last review will be fulfilled early next month.-VNA