Mekong Delta provinces fail to meet Paris agreement.

The Mekong Delta province of An Giang is being helped to produce a detailed and workable draft plan to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Vũ Minh Hải, chairwoman of the Climate Change Working Group, said this yesterday at a workshop in the province organised by Oxfam Việt Nam and the provincial People’s Committee. Hải said the draft plan seemed to lack detailed targets, such as how many tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) the province could cut down by 2030. It also failed to engage local farmers, especially vulnerable groups, who suffered the most from climate change, she said.

In response, Nguyễn Công Khai from the provincial Natural Resources and Environment Department, who is in charge of the local plan to implement the Paris Agreement, said the province needed a detailed assessment on how much greenhouse gas was discharged from a range of activities, including the energy, transport and agricultural sectors each year. Without the assessment, the province has been unable to set specific targets, such as how many tonnes of carbon dioxide can be reduced in the draft plan, he said. “We are in need of support from the environment ministry and other agencies so that we can finish the draft plan before 2020, the time-frame set by the environment ministry,” Khai said. “It might take six months to finish the assessment if we get the support,” he said. An Giang is not the only locality in the delta to face similar problems when they devise a plan to implement the Paris Agreement, he added. Khai admitted that another shortcoming of the draft plan was that it had yet to engage local farmers.

Under the roadmap, Việt Nam plans to reduce 8 per cent of its greenhouse gas by 2030. The country eventually hopes to cut down 25 per cent of its greenhouse gas if it receives adequate support from the international community. Việt Nam ratified the Paris Agreement in November 2016. In late 2016, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc ordered localities across the country to create their own plans to implement the Paris Agreement and submit them to the environment ministry before 2020.

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Source: Vietnam News, January 19, 2018

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