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Vietnam releases a policy supporting document operational framework on ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change

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(Tinmoitruong.vn) - Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has released an operational framework, a policy supporting documentoperational frameworkon “Developing and Implementing Climate Change Ecosystem-based Adaptation” and is encouraging its use across the country. The operational framework was developed by the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) - a research institution within MONRE – in collaboration with WWF and the World Bank (WB).


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With Vietnam being amongst the nations most severely affected by climate change, the government, ministries and local authorities have made great efforts to mitigate its impacts. For a long time, the preferred solution has been to engage in infrastructural engineering and construction or other “hard” options – such as sea walls and dikes – rather than “soft” options such as conserving, restoring and improving ecosystems, since the former provides immediate, measurable results. Recently, however, plenty of evidence has been gathered that demonstrates the long-term financial efficiency and practicality of ecosystem-based solutions. These solutions are especially suitable for countries like Vietnam, where many people depend directly on the benefits derived from natural ecosystem services.       


Since 2010, WWF has been working to develop a guiding framework for ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change for the Mekong Subregion. In Vietnam, WWF has been cooperating with ISPONRE and the World Bank to research and pilot these guidelines in order to adjust them to specific in-country conditions.    


The guidelines have been developed in consultation with national and international institutions, and the recommended ecosystem-based adaptations have been piloted in three coastal districts in Ben Tre Province. We hope the guidelines will be of great help to policy makers and decision makers in responding to climate change,” said Mr. Huynh Tien Dung, Conservation Programme Manager of WWF-Vietnam. 


The implementation of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change is drawing attention from Vietnam’s policy makers and partners for its remarkable results.   


Dr. Nguyen Van Tai, Director of ISPONRE stated: “It is essential that we integrate climate change issues, especially the EBA approach, into our strategy and planning development. And that makes this operational framework a valuable reference”.   


This operational guide is appropriate for policies and strategies established by the government of Vietnam in the battle against climate change, including: Resolution 24-NQ/TW on actively responding to climate change, enhancing sustainable resource management, and protecting the environment, as well as the National Strategy on Green Development and the National Strategy against Climate Change, both of which emphasize the importance of maintaining and recovering ecosystems to climate change resilience in Vietnam. 


The operational framework will be distributed amongst government agencies, institutions, NGOs and other relevant entities across 63 provinces and cities of Vietnam.


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