Softening the Impact of Climate Change in Vietnam

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According to Akiko Fujii, the deputy country director in Vietnam of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Vietnam is one of the top ten countries most affected by climate change. Citing statistics from the Global Risk Index 2017, she added that since the 1970s more than 500 deaths occur annually in Vietnam as a direct result of natural disasters, costing the country over 1.5 percent of its GDP.

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This announcement was made during a recently concluded inter-ministerial workshop on the evaluation of climate change impacts in Vietnam. Organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in coordination with the UNDP, it was held this week in Hanoi with around a hundred delegates, international experts on climate change, disaster prevention and impact evaluation in attendance.

Raising Awareness, Fighting the Impacts

The workshop focused on updating climate change impacts within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), such as raising awareness about the financial risk in the context of climate change and exploring the tools to manage these risks.

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“Recent evidence based on the extreme drought and the El Nino during 2015-2016 suggests that millions of Vietnamese farmers suffered massive losses, and the country’s economy was equally affected.

“The workshop is a good opportunity to discuss mutual interests, practical experiences and useful policies to calculate, assess, and evaluate the impacts of climate change,” said Hoang Van Thang, Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“The challenge ahead is formidable. And there is no time to lose,” concluded Ms. Fujii.

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