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Seminar discusses green house gas reduction in agriculture

Hanoi , September 30 (VNA) – The reduction of green house gas (GHG) emission in agriculture was the topic of a seminar in Hanoi on September 29 which was jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

MARD Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh emphasised that it is important to come up with solutions to mitigating CO2 emission in agriculture which produces approximately 43 percent of the nation’s GHG emissions.

He said the MARD has set up a working group in charge of pushing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to reduce GHG emission in agriculture.

The group is working in the framework of the three-year project entitled “Enhancing NAMA readiness: building capacity in integrated food and energy systems in Vietnam towards in agriculture” which was launched in March this year.

The UN One Plan, the joint framework between the United Nations and the Vietnamese Government, will provide 700,000 USD to the project while the remaining will be funded by the Vietnamese government.

The project will organise training courses for policy makers and experts in the sector on developing NAMA plans.

A FAO representative laid stress on stronger coordination between sectors and strong will of managers for achieving the goal of reducing GHG emissions.

The agriculture sector aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 5.7 million tonnes by 2020, approximately 10 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions.