European Union Ambassador, Bruno Angelet and French Ambassador Bertrand Lortholary, were in Go Cong District in the south of Viet Nam to have an insight into a scientific study on climate change and coastal erosion issues. The study is conducted in the framework of EU and French support to implement the commitments taken at COP21.
The study examined the causes of coastal erosion heavily damaging the region and inhabitants livelyhood. It is financed by the European Union (EUR1,000,000.00, (VND24 billion)) and implemented by the Southern Institute for Water Resources Research in cooperation with the Agence Francaise de Development (AfD).
During the visit, the two ambassadors met with the local authorities of Tien Giang to discuss the current state of the coast line and listen to the preliminary findings and recommendations suggested by the study.
Ambassador Bruno Angelet said: "The study is a response to EU commitments made in Paris during the COP 21 to support Viet Nam in adaptation to climate change. Based on the study results, an investment programme will be designed including hard and soft adaptation measures that could include dyke building, mangrove rehabilitation and capacity building for enhanced sustainable development and environmental management".
The French Ambassador further explained: “France hosted successfully the international conference on climate change (COP21) in December 2015, an important outcome of which is the Paris agreement on climate. Adopted on 12 December 2015, the so called Paris Agreement has entered into force on 4 November 2016, thirty days after the date on which the threshold of 55 countries representing over 55 % of GHG emissions was achieved. Combatting global warming and helping our partner countries to adapt to climate change is at the heart of French development and cooperation's strategies over the world, especially in Vietnam. Together with the support from European Union, our development finance will improve Vietnam’s resilience to climate change, sustainable management of flood risk, coastal protection from erosion or recovery of coastal mangrove and more.”
The investment that will be designed based on the study recommendation, will be funded by a loan from AFD, and possibly mixed with another grant from the European Union.
Similar studies are currently being conducted in other places including Hoi An Town, in the central province of Quang Nam, and U-Minh in Ca Mau province. The results of the three studies will be publicised during a national seminar in Hoi An on 25 & 26 May where ways forward will also be discussed.
Viet Nam is one of the countries severely affected by climate change and its related disasters. The Mekong Delta is one of the deltas in the world most susceptible and vulnerable to sea level rise. Consistent to its international commitments regarding Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals, the European Union is actively helping Viet Nam on mitigation through energy sector reform, and adaptation through funding studies on climate change impact and appropriate adaptation measures.