To actively deal with the adverse impacts of climate change in Vietnam, the Permanent Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Van Duc said the country has approved for publication a "Climate Change Scenarios toward 2100" for Vietnam in early August 2009.

Speaking at the 3rd World Climate Change conference here on Friday, Duc said Vietnam has been facing a number of impacts due to climate change that effect many aspects of life, from daily life and earning a livelihood, to natural resources, infrastructure and the economy.

In Vietnam, he said the annual average temperature has increased by about 0.5-0.7 degrees centigrade in the last 50 years (1958-2007), and sea levels have increased by about 20cm in the same time, according to the Vietnam news agency.

Citing to the World Bank's Report in 2007, Duc said that: "Vietnam is one of the five countries foreseen to be the most affected by climate change due to its long coastlines, high concentration of population and economic activity in coastal areas and a heavy reliance on agriculture, natural resources and forestry".

Climate change has created natural disasters, such as typhoons, storms, floods and droughts, and such disasters are becoming increasingly severe in the Southeast Asian country.

The Vietnamese Government approved the National Target Programme to Respond to Climate Change on December 2, 2008 and will continue to closely cooperate with the World Meteorology Organisation and other international organisations to address climate change, Duc stressed.

Bernama - September 5, 2009