Finland helps Vietnam cope with climate change

The Finish Embassy in Hanoi has announced, that it will finance two projects capitalised at 460,000 Euros to help correct and prevent climate change in Vietnam.


The first project is aimed at improving capacity in dealing with climate change within the local civic organisations and will be carried out by the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development under the Union for Scientific and Technical Associations; it will begin in April and continue for three years. The second will assist local communities in the central province of Quang Tri in adapting to the effects of climate change, and will be implemented from 2009 through 2010 in Trieu Phong and Hai Lang districts, the province’s most disaster-prone areas.


The two projects will help mitigate the risk of natural disasters, assist in researching agriculture, and improve the living conditions of local people while integrating climate change issues into local development plans.


Vu Bich Hop, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development, said that more than 200 staff members and management personnel from at least 50 NGOs, as well as 1,000 local farmers, will participate and directly benefit from the training.


The projects will also link Vietnamese organisations with international experts and training opportunities on sustainable development and climate change, as well as improve information sharing, coordination, and efforts against environmental damage that results in climate change.


 


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