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Companies confront climate change

Update: November, 08/2011 - 10:45
Viet Nam is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change and resultant rise in sea levels. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh

Viet Nam is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change and resultant rise in sea levels. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh

HCM CITY — Representatives of about 40 companies participated in yesterday's launch of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Business Forum in HCM City.

The forum seeks action to promote sustainable development in the face of global warming and climate change challenges.

Initiated by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Viet Nam and supported by the German Embassy in Viet Nam, the forum will initiate direct actions that respond to climate change adaptation needs in the delta.

Next week, up to 300 corporate staff are expected to join mangrove planting in Ben Tre Province. Mangrove forests on the coast provide protection from storms, floods and land erosion, help purify water and is an important habitat for aquatic species, said WWF Viet Nam representative Huynh Tien Dung.

On November 27 a climate camp will be organised in the city's botanical garden for corporate staff and students to raise awareness of climate change and discuss ways to protect the environment.

A trip to the delta will be organised for local and international journalists, scientists, government officials and corporate representatives to learn how communities are vulnerable to climate change as also how they can respond to it.

On December 12, businesses will join an event in HCM City to share knowledge and experiences in their own reactions to climate change.

They are also expected to announce their sustainable growth plans and other activities to support vulnerable communities in the delta.

Viet Nam is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change and resultant rise in sea levels.

The Mekong and Red River deltas face serious inundation, according to project manager Hoang Viet of WWF Viet Nam.

The Mekong River is one of the most biodiverse regions on earth with four out of 10 largest freshwater fish species living in the river. — VNS

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