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Agreement to prevent natural disasters signed

Update: March, 02/2016 - 15:41
Members of the Viet Nam Red Cross plant mangrove for climate change prevention in Thanh Hoa Province. The Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) and the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control will jointly implement the natural disaster prevention law during the 2016-20 period.— Photo redcross.org.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) and the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control will jointly implement the natural disaster prevention law during the 2016-20 period.

The co-operation is part of an agreement signed by VNRC Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu and Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang at a ceremony today in Ha Noi.

"VNRC will work closely with the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control in natural disaster prevention programmes, especially in projects on storm preparedness, drought and water shortage prevention in the central and the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta regions," VNRC Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu said.

Under the framework of the agreement, co-operation programmes will focus on improving community awareness about disaster preparedness and prevention; strengthening manpower in localities; and implementing national target programmes and projects related to disaster preparedness, prevention and climate change adaptation.

The two sides will also collaborate in implementing disaster response and recovery and rehabilitation programmes, especially international programmes following the Sendai Framework and regional forums on disaster prevention and risk reduction.

In 2011, VNRC and the agriculture and rural development ministry signed an agreement to implement the government's project 1002 on strengthening community awareness about natural disasters and community-based disaster risk management.

In the last four years, the two sides have implemented various programmes to improve VNRC's manpower, strengthen community awareness about natural disaster prevention and its aftermath and livelihood development projects.

The programme helped to train nearly 1,400 trainers and prepared documents on community-based disaster risk assessment and natural disaster prevention for students.

With the support of the ministry, the society carried out disaster intervention programmes in 555 communes and wards of 142 districts in 36 provinces and cities nationwide and established more than 200 disaster response teams at community levels. — VNS



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