NAMA Project contributes to Vietnam's ambitious climate change response

VOV.VN - A summary workshop of the “Creation of an Overarching Framework for NAMAs and MRV in Vietnam” (NAMA) Project was held in Hanoi on October 30 under the co-chair of Le Cong Thanh, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and Jörg Rüger, First Secretary of German Embassy in Vietnam.

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The project implementers presented their major achievements to a large audience composed of national and international climate change experts. The project’s most significant achievements involve its support for the development of Vietnam´s contribution to international climate change efforts in the form of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement.

Following the successful submission of Vietnam’s NDC in 2015, the project supported preparations for the implementation of the NDC at national level through the development of a national action plan. In addition, Vietnam’s negotiating teams at the international climate conferences received extensive technical training and assistance.

“Vietnam has set itself ambitious climate targets to appropriately contribute to the global Paris Climate Agreement that we ratified in 2016,” said Le Cong Thanh, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. “The NAMA Project was vital to us in formulating these targets and respective policies, and prepared us for their implementation. The continued support enabled us to strengthen Vietnam´s position in international climate policy.”

“The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has achieved important milestones in climate policy over the last years,” said Jörg Rüger, First Secretary for the Environment at the German Embassy.

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Jörg Rüger, First Secretary for the Environment at the German Embassy

“In particular, we would like to congratulate MONRE on the successful submission of Vietnam´s Nationally Determined Contribution in 2015 and to the Action Plan to implement the Paris Agreement in Vietnam issued in 2016. We are very glad that the Vietnamese-German NAMA project could substantially support MONRE in these achievements. Germany looks forward to continue the fruitful cooperation with Vietnam, as two ambitious partners, united in the common goal to stop climate change as agreed in the Paris Agreement.”

Another crucial outcome of the NAMA Project is the successful establishment of a monitoring framework that allows the tracking of achievements in climate policy cross sectors and ministries.

“This tool empowers Vietnam to systematically track progress on their national climate change targets and polices. It also enables an effective inter-ministerial coordination,” said Anna Pia Schreyögg, Chief Technical Advisor of the NAMA Project.    

Another major project achievement is the development of two concrete climate actions that aim at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The first Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)  targets the development of a climate-friendly bus infrastructure for big cities. The second focuses on the application of energy efficiency measures and solar power in the textile industry.

Together, these two climate actions have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 Million tonnes of CO2 by 2030. They also have the potential to increase competitiveness, create jobs, ensure energy security and resource efficiency, and reduce environmental pollution in Vietnam.

In the near future, GIZ will launch the project “Support to Vietnam for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement”, or SIPA for short. Under the SIPA project, GIZ will continue its support to MONRE in formulating and implementing an ambitious climate policy.

The NAMA project was jointly implemented by the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change (IMHEN) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

It was implemented from 2014 to 2018 through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Security with a budget of EUR4.6 million. 

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