Climate change, natural disasters – main challenges of Mekong Delta

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – Major challenges facing the Mekong
Delta remain climate change and natural disasters, Deputy Minister of Planning
and Investment Dang Huy Dong told a conference in the Mekong Delta city of Can
Tho on July 14.

Dong said the region now suffers scarcity of fresh water,
saline intrusion, flooding and drought. Its spontaneous urban development and
industrialisation and limited transport infrastructure are also one of the shortcomings.

He suggested taking multi-sectoral approaches to dealing
with the issue based on long-term vision.

Former Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dang
Hung Vo said it is inevitable to make planning in combination with climate
change response.

On water resources management, former Deputy Minister of
Agriculture and Rural Development Dao Xuan Hoc said it takes joint efforts of
countries, ministries and agencies, focusing on dealing with issues regarding
the construction of hydro power plants on the Mekong mainstream, groundwater
and sand exploitation.

He urged building a system of sluices along Tien and Hau Rivers
in order to regulate water sources and minimise early flooding.

Deputy Director of the National Institute of Agricultural
Planning and Projection Nguyen Trong Uyen stressed the need to devise measures
to use and manage agricultural land as well as study new varieties that adapt
to climate change.

The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Planning and Investment
and the World Bank (WB) in Vietnam.-VNA

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