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Foreign aid helps disaster fight

Update: June, 22/2013 - 10:00

HA NOI (VNS)— The Belgian Government yesterday committed EUR25 million (US$33 million) of non-refundable ODA to help Viet Nam's response to climate change.

Four agreements under a programme on water management and urban development were signed in Ha Noi yesterday by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Cao Viet Sinh and the Belgian Ambassador to Viet Nam Bruno Angelet.

The projects are expected to enhance the resilience to climate change of the three central provinces – Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan and Ha Tinh - through strengthening their institutional capacity, according to the Belgian Embassy.

Strategic pilot investments related to flood control will be conducted to explore appropriate adaptation measures for flood-prevention projects in urban areas.

The six-year programme will also focus on raising the awareness of local people about climate change issues.

MARD project begins

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) have launched the second four-year phase of a project to enhance the institutional capacity for disaster risk management in Viet Nam.

The Australian Agency for International Development and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are together providing $4.7 million and Viet Nam will allocate $250,000 for this phase.

Speaking at the inception meeting, deputy director of the ministry's Water Resources Directorate Nguyen Xuan Dieu said that the project supports the timely implementation of the Natural Disaster Prevention and Control Law, which was approved by the National Assembly earlier this week.

Project phase one helped the ministry draft the law, offered training for about 700 people on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and published a set of training materials. It also successfully identified 6,000 vulnerable communes across the country.

UNDP deputy country director Bakhodir Burkhanov said that the project offered an innovative partnership model harnessing the field experiences of national and international public and civil organisations.

"Effective risk management requires multisectoral preparedness and response, with State institutions and civil society working side by side," he said. — VNS

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