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Japan helps nation prepare for floods

Update: April, 24/2013 - 09:59
The second phase of Viet Nam's ‘society resilient against disaster' project was launched yesterday with the signing of an agreement between several Vietnamese provinces and the Japan International Co-operation Agency.— Photo danviet

HA NOI (VNS)— The second phase of Viet Nam's ‘society resilient against disaster' project was launched yesterday with the signing of an agreement between several Vietnamese provinces and the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

The deal will see the Government of Japan develop an integrated flood management (IFM) system in Viet Nam to counter water-related disasters.

The investment is worth Y$393 million (approximately US$4.17 million) spread across central level and the four provinces. Japanese experts will be sent to Viet Nam to help the country transfer technology while Vietnamese partners will receive training in Japan.

Vietnamese agencies involved in the project include the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and authorities from the central provinces of Nghe An, Quang Binh, Ha Tinh and Thua Thien Hue.

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The phase is being funded by JICA, who will also provide machinery and equipment.

"Japan has a long history and experience of dealing with natural disasters. I hope this project can utilise that knowledge and contribute to the reduction of flood risks in the central provinces while increasing the resilience of society against the dangers," said JICA Viet Nam Chief Representative Tsuno Motonori.

The first phase of the project was carried out by JICA from 2009 to 2012. It was successful in its aims, including the formulation of an Integrated Flood Management Plan in Thua Thien Hue Province and the preparation of guidelines on community-based disaster resilience management. — VNS



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