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Australia-Vietnam climate change partnership

April 2, 2012

At the official opening of the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City on 27 March. (Photograph: Peter Stuckings)

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.

One Comment
  1. Ralf Kluin permalink
    April 3, 2012 7:46 am

    I suppose that with the end of the war waged in Vietnam, last century, and looking back, in my opinion, we see Australians adopting a more humane foreign policy consensus, given that when the Cold War ended, no single foreign policy consensus emerged to guide policy into the 21st century at that time. Australians, as with like-minded people resident in other nations surely must now begin to view their national interest in global terms and not in isolation from the world. In my opinion, the “Stop-the-Boat” campaign rhetoric waged by some Australians has all the hallmarks of “Nationalism” so despised by many people, especially people who’ve lived under such ugly rhetoric, governed by it, during the last 100 or so years. The impact of man made pollution on every living species can become very devastating, and with diminishing food supplies, outbreak of disease and so on, risk management has never been more important. Good on you Bob, good to see you begin the hard work of engaging with poorer nations and informing rich nations, as we all face reality to address global warming.

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