Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representatives spoke about reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of its devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the disaster prevention lessons Vietnam can draw from their experience.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat said Vietnam’s geography and monsoonal tropical climate means it must regularly confront natural disasters such as floods, storms, and landslides.
Vietnam is among the nations most vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels. Although preventative measures have reduced the number of fatalities resulting from disasters over the past ten years, the economic damage they cause has increased to 1.5% of GDP.
Phat said the Japanese Government has lent its considerable support to Vietnam’s climate change amelioration and natural disaster prevention efforts.
Japanese Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism Minister Ohta Akihiro announced his ministry will sign another memorandum of understanding on natural disaster management with MARD from now until 2016.
He said both sides will establish dialogue channels between their respective management authorities that also draw the two nations closer together more broadly.
The seminar heard Japanese experts detail some of the construction and infrastructure development undertaken to reinforce natural disaster prevention and how these techniques could be adapted in Vietnam.
The Japanese experts believe Vietnam needs its management agencies to step up their tidal and geological monitoring capacity.