France furthers fuel Vietnam's efforts against climate change

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The French Development Agency has lent Vietnam nearly US$25 million for a program to counter the effects of climate change, the French Embassy in Vietnam said in a press release Friday.


The program, which began in September 2008, earlier received a 10 billion yen ($108 million) loan from the Japan government.


It was designed to encourage solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change on Vietnam and to help residents adapt to possible changes.


Funds from the program will also be used to carry out exprimental activities.


Another one-meter rise to sea level will negatively affect nearly 5 percent of Vietnam's land, 11 percent of its population, 7 percent of its agricultural land and cause losses of around 10 percent of its GDP.

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