Regional connectivity in response to climate change
  • | VOV | April 23, 2014 09:03 AM
The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) on April 22 hosted a seminar on building mechanisms and policies to cope with climate change in Vietnam.
 Illustrative photo. Severe drought destroyed crop in the central region of Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the nations most likely to be adversely affected by climate change and rising sea levels, which will have major impacts on socio-economic development.

One third of the country, including the most populated coastal and lowland areas where the highest productivity and agricultural production are located, are directly affected.

According to climate experts, Vietnam needs to address the problem of climate change at three levels- community based activities, proper policies and institutional capacity.

These action plans aim to help improve climate change adaptation and reduce the greenhouse effect.

Dr. Tran Ngoc, VASS Deputy Head said that the regional link research will provide scientific foundations and practices for the development and promulgation of mechanisms and policies in response to climate change.

In recent years, there has been quite a lot of research and programs on climate change adaptation. However, the idea of ​​the regional connectivity remains limited, especially from the approach of the social sciences sector.

Participants said that regional links in response to climate change should be based on the principle of shared responsibility, zoning and sanctions for resource allocation and management and use of natural resources.

The sharing of responsibilities includes resource management, restoration of forest resources, water resources and biodiversity, sharing of financial and human resources.

Regional connectivity is considered an effective solution for implementing the commitment to share responsibility, as well as conditions for regions and localities to objectively recognize the role and responsibilities for climate change action.

Dr. Cao Ngoc Lan from the Development Strategy Institute said there should be at least five conditions, including a reasonably scientific policy for regional connectivity, a strong public administration, leaders’ determination, necessary technical facilities, and active participation from businesses and the people.

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