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Finland Is Helping Vietnam Develop Early Warning Systems

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Finnish-funded projects to promote the modernization of air quality monitoring and management systems in urban areas and hydro-meteorological services are progressing in Vietnam. The goal is to improve the capacity of the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF) in early warning of tropical storms, strong winds, and heavy rain, according to Finnish Minister of Climate and the Environment Kai Mykkänen.

The Northern Centre for Environmental Monitoring (NCEM), under the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), aims to expand and modernize air quality monitoring networks with a national plan for environmental monitoring for the 2021-2030 period with a vision to 2050.

According to Mykkänen, a project to upgrade the rainfall measurement, and storm and lightning prediction capabilities of the NCHMF, jointly implemented by the Vaisala Group of Finland and the Finnish Meteorological Institute, has helped improve Vietnam’s weather radar network and supports the installation of a nationwide lightning detection sensor network.

This project has met the requirements for improving the early warning system and minimizing damage caused by extreme weather patterns.

Mykkänen stresses that investing in meteorological services and early warning systems is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to respond to climate change and avoid future losses and damage caused by its impacts.

Read the original interview HERE.

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