Deputy PM asks for Dutch support on climate change response

NDO/ VNA – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Netherlands to continue helping Vietnam cope with climate change, especially in the context as the country is facing the most severe ongoing drought and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta in the past 100 years.

Delegates at the reception (Photo: VGP)
Delegates at the reception (Photo: VGP)

At a reception for Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, Melainie Schultz Van Haegen, in Hanoi on March 30, Phuc said that due to its hundreds of years of experience in water management, the Netherlands may be able to suggest effective solutions for Vietnam to mitigate the natural disasters.

Discussing the Vietnam – Netherlands Inter-Governmental Committee’s fifth meeting on climate change adaptation and water management held in Hanoi the same day, the host said suggestions made at the event will be collected and submitted to the government.

Van Haegen said the meeting afforded the two countries a chance to debate plans in the agreement and boost bilateral ties in general.

The Dutch government has and will continue to share experience with Vietnam in devising long-term climate change response strategies, especially in coping with drought and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta, she stated.