On June 5th 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Italy’s Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), with the aim of setting up a basis for technical cooperation in the field of environmental management and protection.
The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Tran Hong Ha – Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam, Mr. Le Cong Thanh – Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam, Ms. Cecilia Piccioni – Italian Ambassador to Vietnam , Mr. Francesco La Camera – Director General of the Department for Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Energy at the Italian Ministry for Environment, Land & Sea, Mr. Martino Melli – Director of the Agency for Development Cooperation in Vietnam, as well as other senior officials from Vietnam and Italy.
According to this Memorandum, Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Italy’s Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea will cooperate in four main areas, including: adaptation, mitigation, risk and damage assessment caused by climate change. Initially, the cooperation will be focused on risk management and response to climate change.
Currently, projects in the field of water and environment account for about 60% of Italy’s total funding for Vietnam through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS). In the future, Italy will continue to support Vietnam with the implementation of the project “Improving the Flood forecasting and warning system in Vietnam – Phase II” in the South Central region, whose model may be extended to other areas of the Country, and with the “Project on a decision support platform for the Red – Thai Binh river management”. At the same time, Italy will also aim to support Vietnam in preparing the legal instruments to implement the law on hydro-meteorology. In the field of environment, Vietnam suggested Italy to give assistance in building policies to assess climate change impacts and increase capacity in using the Geographic Information System (GIS). In addition, Italy will join hands with Vietnam to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
Mr. Francesco La Camera emphasized that Italy is willing to cooperate with Vietnam in climate change response, waste management and hydro-meteorology. Apart from expert assistance, Italy will work with Vietnam to build projects suitable to local conditions and facilitate the participation of Italian businesses in bilateral cooperative ties.
At the end of the ceremony, the two ministries pledged to always support each other and promote bilateral cooperation, as well as strengthen the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Italy.