HA NOI — The role and capacity of organisations in Viet Nam to respond to climate change will be discussed at a national workshop tomorrow in Ha Noi.
While climate change is a global issue, it is particularly urgent to Viet Nam, according to the United Nations, which stated that Viet Nam is one of five countries projected to suffer the heaviest effects of climate change.
The workshop aims to raise awareness and exchange views on the role of organisations in dealing with the challenges of climate change. It will also introduce and debate an initiative to form a Viet Nam Network for Civil Society and Climate Change and acknowledge the valuable contribution of a number of organisations and people to the cause of combating climate change. In addition, a forum will be launched to exchange information on climate change, its impact on Viet Nam, and related government policies and programmes and practical experience related to this issue.
“Climate change is becoming a burning issue in Viet Nam. Besides international assistance, only the Vietnamese people can resolve climate change issues in the country. We need to increase our power to address such issues internally,” said Nguyen Huu Ninh, director of the Centre for Environment Research Education and Development (CERED) and one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in global climate change research.
The workshop is a joint effort among organisations in all sectors that are actively working to respond to the impact of climate change. Partner organisations will include the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), the Centre for Marine Life Conservation and Community Development (MCD), CERED, and the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD).
“In the role of co-ordinating members’ activities, VUSTA sees the importance of creating a common forum to exchange information and collaborate more efficiently, and to enhance awareness of the members and promote them to integrate climate change issues into their activities, as well as to connect the member organisations with other stakeholders such as the National Assembly, government agencies, people’s organisations, international organisations and donors, to deal with the issues on a national scale,” stated Nguyen Manh Cuong, acting director of VUSTA international relations department.
Being a non-governmental organisation operating in the field of marine conservation and community development, MCD sees the need to actively participate in the cause of combating climate change.
“From the standpoint of an organisation that works directly with the coastal communities who are most vulnerable to and heavily impacted by climate change, MCD desires to support the coastal communities to understand the climate change issues in their areas, to approach and apply suitable climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. Such support would be more practical and more effective if undertaken in a common effort of the Vietnamese organisations and individuals. Therefore, we totally support the initiative of setting up a civil society network in Viet Nam that has together the hands to address climate change challenges,” said Ho Thi Yen Thu, deputy director of MCD.
With the participation of approximately 60 delegates including national and international non-governmental organisation representatives, scientists, entrepreneurs, governmental agencies, and donors, this workshop will begin a common forum of organisations to act more effectively in response to climate change in Viet Nam. —