US$5 million project launched to reduce disaster risk
Ha Noi – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) today announced a four-year project that will provide nearly US$5 million to enhance the institutional capacity for disaster risk management in Viet Nam.
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will co-fund the project while MARD, Viet Nam Red Cross, Women Union and Oxfam in Viet Nam will co-implement it.
The project will help enhance the national and provincial institutional capacities in disaster risk reduction legislative, policy and strategic framework. Through the project, resilience action plans will be built for communities in target 20 disaster prone provinces.
The project is also expected to improve capacity of the Disaster Management Center and Committees for Flood and Storm Control to effectively and efficiently plan, implement, monitor and evaluate the Community based Disaster Risk Management programme, ensuring gender sensitivity and participation of vulnerable groups such as migrants and ethnic minorities in both rural and urban areas.
Meanwhile, models of Government partnership with international and national non-government and civil society organizations will be piloted in Lao Cai and Thua Thien Hue provinces.
“This project will timely support the implementation of the newly approved Natural Disaster Prevention and Control Law,” noted Mr Nguyen Xuan Dieu, Deputy Director of the Water Resources Directorate, in his opening speech.
Viet Nam faces significant exposure to disasters. The country lost, on average, 1-1.5% of its GDP (based on PPP) over the last 20 years. Viet Nam ranks fifth globally in terms of overall material losses and mortality from climatic disasters in the 1990-2009 period.
Speaking at the project inception meeting, UNDP Deputy Country Director Bakhodir Burkhanov congratulated Viet Nam on the adoption of the Natural Disaster Prevention and Control Law. “The timing of our launch coincides with the adoption by the National Assembly of the first-ever Natural Disaster Prevention and Control Law. This is an important milestone in strengthening Viet Nam’s disaster resilience and response,” said Burkhanov.
The new project will build on the success of the project phase 1, which provided support to MARD with the drafting of the Natural Disaster Prevention and Control Law. During phase 1, a pool of 700 professional trainers on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation has been established with a comprehensive set of training materials approved by the Government. As part of its support to the Government’s community based disaster risk management program, the project phase 1 also helped identify 6,000 vulnerable communes.
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