Vietnam honors Japanese officials for environmental work

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment honored two Japanese officials on Friday for their contributions to environmental protection.

Minister Nguyen Minh Quang bestowed medals to Daito Michio, Counselor at the Japanese embassy in Vietnam, and Mutsuya Mori, chief researcher for a climate change adaptation program initiated by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the agency’s new representative in Vietnam.

A statement on the ministry website said Michio and Mori had helped Vietnam receive a lot of environmental support from Japan.

The three-year climate change program SP-RCC is a policy-based lending support initiative started in 2009 with around US$143 million funding from Japan and the French Development Agency.

But it has grown into Vietnam's biggest project in terms of foreign aid, with more support every year, including from the World Bank, AusAID, Eximbank and the Canadian International Development Agency.

It also benefited from a lot of technology and expertise from JICA.

The ministry last year signed an MoU with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry over cooperation to promote low-carbon growth.

It has been receiving support from the Japanese embassy in filing requests for aid from the Japanese government on environmental projects.

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