Vietnam actively responds to climate change

12:10 | 02/12/2016 Environmental Resources

(VEN) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in coordination with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) organized the workshop on the IPCC’s achievements and Vietnam’s actions in climate change.  

The IPCC’s efforts

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan highly appreciated the IPCC’s achievements in climate change. Its reports have let the world know more about the impacts of climate change as well as its unpredictable developments. In particular, many ideas in the IPCC’s reports have provided valuable information for policy makers in other countries to respond to climate change. The IPCC’s reports have also offered a solid background for scientists to come up with adaptable measures to cope with the impacts of climate change.

Vo Tuan Nhan thanked the IPCC for their continuous efforts in response to climate change, especially IPCC Chairman Hoesung Lee and its working group for the visit to Vietnam to share about the findings of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on the global impacts of climate change.

Vietnam’s actions

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, response to climate change and disaster prevention is vital for the country’s sustainable development. Therefore, Vietnam has implemented a series of strategies and policies on climate change, disaster prevention, sustainable development and green growth.

One of the most important tasks is to build detailed climate change scenarios for localities. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has developed scenarios based on climate change and sea level rise in 2009 and 2012. This year’s scenarios are updated based on the latest information, including the IPCC’s AR5. These updated scenarios will help localities improve their action plans in response to climate change. It is vital to the process of economic restructuring towards sustainable development and adaptability to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

Vietnam submitted the Intended National Determined Contributions (INDC) before the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21), representing Vietnam’s responsibilities in response to climate change. After the conference, Vietnam has also accelerated the implementation plan for the Paris Agreement.

The IPCC presented its work program for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle. “Regarding the AR6, we would like to see scientists resolve local problems and provide information that can fit the assessments. We also hope that Vietnam and other developing countries will nominate more scientists as IPCC authors across topics,” said Hoesung Lee.

Phuong Tam