National Strategy and Action Plan for Disaster Mitigation in Viet Nam being finalized

Mar 8, 2001

HA NOI - Nearly 100 representatives from twenty-eight Northern provinces, central government agencies, technical departments and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) attended a workshop in Ha Noi yesterday to comment on the latest draft of a National Strategy and Action Plan for Disaster Mitigation in the 2001-2010 period.

"The rise in natural disasters in recent years urgently calls for a comprehensive strategy and action plan to allow Viet Nam to be better prepared to effectively prevent and mitigate the impact of disasters," said the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam, Mr Edouard A. Wattez.

The comprehensive Strategy and Action Plan presented by Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control (CCFSC) was prepared within the framework of the UNDP supported Disaster Management Unit project, which was implemented by the CCFSC.

"This is a major achievement as the Strategy is based on a systematic assessment of vulnerability to twelve different kinds of disasters in Viet Nam, and a comprehensive approach to preventing and mitigating the impacts of disasters," Mr Wattez said, expressing his hope that the Strategy would serve as a framework for the coordinated mobilisation of external assistance in support to the implementation of the Strategy.

The twelve kinds of disasters that are addressed in the strategy are storm, cyclone, flood, inundation, drought and desertificaiton, storm surge, salinity intrusion, landslide, forest fire, reservoir and industry.

Consultations with representatives from the Central and the Southern provinces will take place over the next few weeks. Following the national consultations, the Strategy will be finalised after an international consultation workshop to be held in June this year.

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