Natural disaster mitigation and using remote sensing technology to forecast climate changes were focuses of a two-day national workshop, which opened in Ha Noi, Vietnam on 15th November. The workshop, themed “Climate changes and disaster prevention”, is part of an inter-governmental programme of the same name between Viet Nam and the Netherlands, which aims to raise the awareness of Viet Nam’s relevant agencies in the field.
The workshop emphasizes major measures to relieve natural disasters in the Hong (Red) river delta, Mekong delta and central provinces. They include the building and reinforcing of dyke systems across the country, constructing of water reservoirs, and modernizing of hydrometeorology stations. The workshop also launched a project of Viet Nam’s Red Cross to prevent disasters triggered by climate changes. A survey recently conducted by the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology said that on average, around 4.7 typhoons and tropical low pressure annually hit Viet Nam where average temperature increases 0.1 degree Celsius per decade and sea water level rises 5cm per decade.