Regional Stakeholders Seek to Maximize Impacts of Climate Change Initiatives

12 Apr 2005

Ha Noi - Key stakeholders in the Asia and the Pacific region are meeting in Ha Noi for a four-day UNDP-GEF Climate Change Project Management Workshop.

The workshop, co-organized by the Government of Viet Nam/ Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the United Nations Development Programme/ Global Environment Facility (UNDP/GEF), brought together project managers, officials of government executing agencies and UNDP responsible programme officers, from 13 countries in the region. It was intended to enable these key stakeholders to share lessons learned and best practices on implementation and management of projects on climate change.

"The objective of this workshop is to share new and upcoming guidance from the GEF on climate changes focal area and ensure a common understanding of operational responsibilities, linkages to global environmental concerns and national development objectives," said Ms Nandita Mongia, Regional Team Leader, UNDP/GEF office in the Asia and the Pacific. "Sharing experiences and lessons learnt among GEF projects proponents in the participating countries will be a very enriching experience for all present at the workshop, especially for project implementation. Learning to use the logical framework to design and monitor impact indicators will enhance future programme performance".

Vice Minister of MONRE, Mr Pham Khoi Nguyen welcomed the workshop as both significant and relevant. He told the participants of Viet Nam's plan to organize a national workshop to provide organizations and individuals with information about the detailed procedures of management and approval of GEF projects as well as guidance in developing project proposals. "This regional workshop directly benefits the upcoming national workshop," the Vice Minister said.

According to Mr Nguyen, GEF climate change projects have played an important role in improving environmental quality, enhancing the effectiveness of economic sectors, encouraging the economization of the energy and natural resources as well as developing project implementation capacity in Viet Nam. “We always consider this to be a significant assistance to Viet Nam’s sustainable development process,” said Mr Nguyen.

Speaking at the opening session, UNDP Acting Resident Representative in Viet Nam, Mr Subinay Nandy noted the negative impacts of global climate changes on the poor. “A decade of economic gain could be washed out by a single event of flood or storm. The poor, particularly women and children are among the most vulnerable to disaster,” Mr Nandy said. “Consequence of climate changes could eventually jeopardize countries’ effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.”

Mr Nandy called on countries to integrate climate changes into national development and economic strategies, saying that this can help decrease the poor’s vulnerability and better prepare governments to cope with its impacts.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a financial mechanism that provides grants and concessional funding for developing or transitional countries to carry out activities to protect the global environment. Through its four implementing agencies – the Asia Development Bank, the UN Environment Programme, UNDP and the World Bank – GEF has so far provided US$80 million for Viet Nam to carry out projects on biodiversity, climate changes, land degradation and persistent organic pollutants. Two most recently approved projects assist in energy efficiency and energy conservation with a total funding of US$8.5million.

Contact Information

Dao Xuan Lai, UNDP Progamme Officer,
Tel: (84-4) 942-1495 x178,
email: dao.xuan.lai@undp.org
Or
Nguyen Viet Lan, UNDP Public Information Associoate, x186,
email: nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org