Australia-Vietnam climate change partnership
Last Tuesday, March 27, I attended the opening of the new Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. There I announced that Australia is supporting a partnership between Australian and Vietnamese climate scientists to better understand and plan for the impacts of climate change at the local level.
Through Australia’s aid program, $2.03 million will be contributed to the project, building on the existing partnership between the CSIRO and scientists from Vietnam’s Ministry for Natural Resource and Environment and the Hanoi University of Science.
Vietnam has historically been vulnerable to the impact of floods and storms, but the rise of sea-levels and the impact of droughts on river flows create new challenges.
The partnership will help build capacity in Vietnam to analyse, understand and undertake future climate change projections. Addressing climate change is essential to protecting and improving the lives of those who depend on the natural environment for their income, food and water.