Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment(MoNRE and the US Agency for International Development (USAIDOn January 28, the parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU), that aims to address the complex problems of climate change as well as environmental pollution.
Le Cong Thanh, Deputy Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Ann Marie Yastishock (USAIDs Vietnam Mission Director) signed the MoU.
The recent 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting in Glasgow (UK) aimed to increase humanity’s cooperation. Climate changeYastishock stated that collective action is crucial to protect and preserve the environment and planet.
The US agency appreciates the commitments made in Vietnam by the Prime Minister at COP26 and is ready and available to support Vietnam in achieving these important goals. She said that this MoU will facilitate effective collaboration between USAID, MoNRE and MoClimate Change and Environmental Pollution and bring us one step closer towards bringing more environmental awareness and change to Vietnam’s citizens and economy.
Vietnam’s long, densely populated coastline has been ranked by World Bank as one of the top five countries most likely to be affected by climate change. A large proportion of the country’s population and economic assets is located in coastal lowlands, deltas, and are susceptible to frequent typhoons.
Vietnam is also facing environmental pollution problems largely due to agriculture, transport, and industry.
USAIDs collaboration will focus on air quality management, integrated water resource management and security, conservation and sustainable use biological diversity, ocean plastics management and recycling, and reducing climate change-related emissions.
USAID has been working closely in Vietnam over the past five year to promote collective action by local players to raise awareness of the causes of pollution and increase knowledge about effective strategies for reducing it.