Sharing models for adaptation to climate change in Vietnam

Posted at: THUrsday - 29/11/2018 11:43 - post name: Cộng tác viên

 
Dr. Le Cong Luong delivered the opening speech

Dr. Le Cong Luong delivered the opening speech

On November 21, in Hanoi, the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) in collaboration with Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) organized a workshop on "Sharing experience on successful models for adaptation to climate change with support of CSOs" chaired by Dr. Le Cong Luong - Deputy Secretary General cum Chief of office, VUSTA.

This was an activity within the framework of the project "Enhance the involvement of civil and social organizations (CSOs) in the process of National Adaptation Plan development" funded by the Global Environment Facility, UNDP

Attending the workshop were Mr. Nguyen Trong Hieu, National Steering Committee for GEF SGP Program; Ms. Vu Thi Bich Hop, Chairwoman of the SRD; Mr. Le Minh Ba, Department of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture Rural Development and participants from some related state agencies, CSOs, NGOs.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Le Cong Luong said that in recent years, climate change has become a major concern of many countries in the world. In particular, for Vietnam, we have witnessed the negative consequences of climate change on environment and human lives. Some typical incidents have occurred recently: the flash floods and heavy rain caused landslides and cut off roads in the North West of Vietnam in July; most recently, flash floods and landslides in Nha Trang have reached 19 people dead and many buildings collapsed or severe river bank erosion, salinity intrusion in the Mekong River Delta.

To take actions to combat climate change, Vietnam has been developing a national program on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, climate change adaptation and environment protection.

According to Dr. Le Cong Luong Vietnam has achieved tremendous results on combating climate change. The participation of social organizations will create a synergy in mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Therefore, competent CSOs will engage in developing a national action plan on climate change.

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Ms. Vu Thi Bich Hop, Chairwoman of SRD spoke at the workshop

Speaking at the workshop, Ms. Vu Thi Bich Hop revealed "over the past 10 months, we have worked hard to build a set of assessment criteria of models for climate change adaptation. Based on this criteria, we have reviewed and evaluated most successful models for the last 5 years from sources of available reports and data, field trip information and local workshops".

The set of assessment criteria for climate change adaptation models include the followings: level of adaptation to climate change, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions; economic, social and environment efficiency and sustainability; in line with local regulations and policies; models’ ability to replicate, Hop added.

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Mr. Vu Tien Thuong, SRD Center is sharing experience of a good model of climate change adaptation

Mr. Vu Tien Thuong, SRD Center said: The project is implemented from March 2018 to February 2019. The objectives of the project are: firstly, strengthen the capacity for advocacy and policy dialogue on climate change for social organizations and representatives of vulnerable communities to climate change. Based on that results to contribute effectively to the process of development of the National Plan for Climate Change Adaptation (NAP) in the period of 2021-2030 and vision of 2050.

Secondly, create a forum for sharing information on vulnerability to climate change and natural disaster risk in areas where social organizations have successfully implemented many climate change adaptation projects.

Thirdly, documenting effective models of climate change adaptation to be used as reference material for the development of the NAP, thereby promoting replication of these models in other localities.

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General overview of the workshop

33 models of adaptation to climate change have carried out and shared at the workshop, such as rice cultivation to adapt to flooding and salinity intrusion; intensive cassava-groundnut intercropping on the land degradation and drought in Binh Dinh; sustainable purple onion production in Bac Lieu; traditional medicinal plant in Yen Bai; watermelon planting on salty soils in Thua Thien Hue; the cultivation of vegetables in net house in Cat Ba Island; waste transformation closed loop farming; community-based management and use of land and water resources for efficient and sustainable production and adaptation to climate change in Quang Tri.

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