Vietnam's prime minister says climate change is real, calls for more responses

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 High tide causes inundation on a street in Ho Chi Minh City on October 9, 2014. Photo: Pham Huu

Climate change is real and multi-sectoral responses must be launched continuously to mitigate its impacts in Vietnam, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
“In many places, there is still a misconception that climate change is something abstract,” the government's website quoted him as saying at a conference held in Hanoi on March 3.
“Investment has been scattered over ineffective projects,” he said, calling for more coordinated efforts to deal with climate change. 
Dung has been overseeing the National Committee on Climate Change since its inauguration in 2012. 
Scientists have warned that Vietnam is one of the countries hit hardest by climate change and rising sea levels with increasing impacts.
Dung has instructed all relevant agencies to step up responsive actions.
“For example, the transport sector must take climate change impacts into account when building a road. Agricultural production has to adapt when planning irrigation works.” 
“High tides, flooding, erosion, saltwater intrusion are becoming more common… We should be aware of the necessity of living and adapting with climate change for sustainable development,” he said.
He also confirmed that funding for climate change adaptation must be drawn mostly from local resources. 
However, the country will need to attract financial and technical help from foreign countries and international organizations, as well as to enhance cooperation on a global level in response to climate change.
Dung reasserted his support for key projects to tackle coastal erosion, saltwater intrusion, and urban inundation, especially in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Ben Tre and Ca Mau.

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