This section discussed the 2050 greenhouse gas emission pathways, national urban mobility programme, and adaptation in the Mekong Delta.
While talking about the importance of using climate services for coastal protection planning and of how it contributes to achieving the NDC goals with reference to the Mekong Delta, Dr. Christian Henckes from the GIZ said, “We have had some significant conferences around the world on Mekong Delta but the question is how do we integrate all the ideas.”
Dr. Mai of Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment spoke on the value of provincial climate public expenditure reviews and international support for integrated, sustainable development in the Mekong Delta to join planning, budgeting and investment.
In context of the greenhouse gas emission pathways, issues like long-term pathways on net-zero GHG emissions, how the pathways are formed, who should consider and the benefits were also talked about.
The key takeaways from the discussion are – to achieve the Paris Agreement Goals, we need to think in a transformational way to integrate different sectors and policies. The long-term pathways bring up some good discussion and the LEDS GP and contribute in framing the future development, especially related to green growth and economy growth, the pathways also allow us to understand more on different sectors and what should be done next, carbon neutrality is getting more discussed at national levels and the long-term pathways would be more feasible and much considered in the coming years.
The major challenge faced by the government representatives is to figure out the incentives that can convince sub-national government to consider long-term pathways as it is difficult to push national government and sectors to consider.