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Australia helps Viet Nam cope with climate change

Update: August, 24/2012 - 10:39

HA NOI — A US$15.8 million programme will be conducted to help Vietnamese communities to deal with the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions over two and a half years, according to the Australian Embassy yesterday.

The project is a new partnership between Australia with six international organisations, including the Australian Red Cross Society, CARE Australia, the Environmental Defense Fund, Oxfam Australia, Save the Children Australia and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.

Hugh Borrowman, Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam said: "Australia and our partners will reduce the risks from climate change-related natural disasters and threats to food and water security, helping some 500,000 vulnerable people."

Viet Nam is one of the most vulnerable countries susceptible to climate change, especially the coastal parts of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.

The programme will enhance the capacity of officials and rice farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve rice production in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta and Central Region.

The funding for Viet Nam comes from a total of $630 million Australia is spending from 2010 to 2013 to cope with global climate change. — VNS

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