Viet Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and mitigation work, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang said yesterday.— Photo donre.hochiminhcity.gov.vn

Speaking at a workshop on climate change impacts in Viet Nam organised by the ministry and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Thang said loss and damage valuation included identifying climate change’s negative impacts on socio-economic development, economic and non-economic losses, resettlement, permanent loss, restoration, insurance, social welfare and compensation.

Read more: Valuation of climate change impacts for better responses


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A boy climbs a rope after jumping into a canal as temperatures soar in New Delhi, India, June 6, 2017 [Cathal McNaughton/Reuters]
Record temperatures have been recorded from Pakistan to Vietnam before monsoon rains.

Prolonged periods of heat are expected in a northern hemisphere summer.

Across Asia, the heat tends to build up early, with temperatures peaking before the summer monsoon arrives in June and July.

Extreme heat has been experienced very early this year in parts of South and East Asia.

In recent days, northern Vietnam has experienced temperatures in excess of 40C, with 42.5C being recorded in central Hanoi on June 3.

Read more: Heatwaves hit much of Asia earlier than expected


Ha Thanh Toan, rector of Can Tho University, delivers a speech at an international workshop on Mekong water security risks Vietnam very concerned about impacts from dams

As nations in the Greater Mekong Subregion suffer a rise in water shortages and salinity intrusion, governments need to cooperate in order to safeguard the livelihood of residents in the river basin and their diverse cultures, speakers at an international workshop on water security risks and narratives in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta said last week.

Ha Thanh Toan, rector of Can Tho University in southern Vietnam, said mutual understanding and the sharing of information among the countries along the Mekong River was critical to reducing potential impacts caused by climate change.

Read more: Mekong nations urged to cooperate for environmental conservation


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