Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the conference (Photo: VNA) HCM City, June 18 (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a conference reviewing two-year implementation of the Government’s Resolution 120/NQ-CP on climate resilient and sustainable development of the Mekong Delta region. Speaking at the conference held in Ho Chi Minh City on June 18, PM Phuc said a large number of locals and businesses are not ready for natural disasters and climate change despite increasing phenomena of climate change. As such, they have yet to take specific actions for green agricultural and industrial development. He noted climate change not only is a challenge to the growth of a nation but also contains opportunities for changing the direction of development. The PM cited as an example the case of the Mekong Delta, where saltwater intrusion as a climate change impact poses challenges to rice cultivation in the delta but create favourable conditions to develop shrimp … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta should shift towards adapting to climate change: PM
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Subsidence, erosion and rising sea levels are among problems that the delta has to deal with currently, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha said at a conference held Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh City. "Climate change is evolving [in the Mekong Delta] much faster than the predicted scenarios. We need to re-evaluate how coastal and riverbank erosion is taking place and find suitable solutions," Ha said at the conference that sought development solutions for the region. Ha noted that two years ago, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had stressed the need for the region to adapt to the challenges facing it. The PM had said that Vietnam's rice basket and also the source of most of the nation’s seafood exports, should "get along with climate change and natural conditions in its path of sustainable development." The delta, which spans 3.94 million hectares (9.7 acres), is home to 17.5 million people or a fifth of the country's population. Hoang Van Bay, head of the … [Read more...] about Climate crisis stares Mekong Delta closer in the face
Illustration photo PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc convened a conference on sustainable growth in the Mekong Delta region in response to climate change on September 26, 2017. The conference drew the attendance of ministries, agencies, localities, experts, and scientists to discuss and seek comprehensive solutions for the region. Following the conference, the Government issued Resolution 120/NQ-CP, dated November 17, 2017 (Resolution 120) on sustainable development of the Mekong Delta in response to climate change. PM Phuc also issued an action program to implement the Resolution. After two years of implementation, the resolution has created impressive changes, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. GDP growth rate was impressive at 7.8% which is the highest level over the last four years (meanwhile national average GDP growth rate was 7.08%). Regional export turnover recorded US$ 15.7 billion for the first … [Read more...] about Impressive changes recorded in Mekong Delta region
“The total land area lost in the last 10 years has reached over 3,000 hectares,” Tang Quoc Chinh from the Natural Calamities Control Department confirmed, adding that the landslides in the Mekong Delta are increasingly serious. Chinh attributed the serious landslides to the many hydropower reservoirs on the Mekong, from China to Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. On the mainstream of Mekong, there are 19 reservoirs, of which seven in China have been built and one is under construction. In Laos, two are now being built, and another two are going to be built. On the tributaries of the Mekong, a total of 142 reservoirs have been built, or are under construction, or planned. Hydropower reservoirs will increase landslides in the Mekong Delta. These reservoirs prevent sediment from flowing downstream. Sediment has the effect of consolidating the delta and preventing erosion. Another reason behind the increasingly serious landslides is the overexploitation of sand in the upper … [Read more...] about Will the Mekong Delta sink by 2100?
PM inspects climate change response in Mekong Delta - Illustration photo The Government issued Resolution 120/NQ-CP dated November 17, 2017 on Sustainable and Climate Resilient Development of the Mekong Delta in response to climate change. The resolution is a big decision of the Party and State on the Mekong Delta region in response to climate change. Hence, the upcoming conference will assess the two-year implementation of the resolution; figure out shortcomings and limitations. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha was quoted as saying that the conference will evaluate both the achievements and difficulties in implementing Resolution 120/NQ-CP; define tasks and solutions including mechanisms, policies, science, technology, regional coordinating mechanism, public and private partnership. In the morning, the upcoming conference will comprise four sessions including: Session 1 on “Management of water resource, flooding, saltwater … [Read more...] about Gov’t to assess resolution on Mekong Delta development