HCM CITY — Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced yesterday that Australia would support a partnership between Australian and Vietnamese climate scientists to better understand and preparedness for the impacts of climate change.
The announcement was made at the opening of the new Australian Consulate-General in HCM City
Minister Carr, who is currently on a three-day official visit to Viet Nam, said Australia would contribute US$2.03 million to the partnership which would build on the existing agreement between Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and scientists from Viet Nam's Ministry for Natural Resources and Environment and the Ha Noi University of Science.
"The fundamental goal of the aid programme is overcoming poverty and addressing climate change which is critical to protecting and improving the lives of those who depend on the natural environment for their income, food and water," Carr said.
"Viet Nam is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, particularly the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta where rising sea levels, salt water intrusion and flooding are already impacting vulnerable coastal communities," he added.
The partnership will assist Viet Nam in analysing, understanding and undertaking future climate change projections, with Vietnamese PhD students helping to analyse data and climate modelling at CSIRO in Australia.
Today the Australian Foreign Minister will meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh, President Truong Tan Sang and Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. — VNS