A group of local officials examine a land erosion site in Hậu Giang Province's Châu Thành District in the Mekong Delta last week. — VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Thái Nguyễn Hữu Thiện, an independent researcher on the ecosystem in the Mekong Delta talks to Nông thôn Ngày nay (Countryside Today) newspaper on the serious problem of land erosion in the region. Is soil erosion common along river banks in the Mekong Delta? The Mekong Delta was formed by sand and alluvial soil over the last 6,000 years. In that process, it is natural to see along the river banks an extending side and a sliding side. However, the extending side is always wider than the sliding side. That’s why the Cửu Long Delta has become larger and larger as times goes by. On average, each year, the Cửu Long Delta’s land grows 16 metres towards the East Sea, while in the mainland it also gains some 26 metres per annum towards the … [Read more...] about Land erosion in the Mekong Delta must be carefully considered
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“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?
Caitlin Wiesen Globally, Vietnam is one of the largest exporters of rice, and the Mekong Delta region is at the core of this. The country’s rice contributes not only to local but also global food security. Over centuries, residents of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region have learned to live with floods and to maintain a delicate ecological balance that has allowed the area to grow into an economic powerhouse and rice production hub. This balance is now being fundamentally challenged by climate change and developmental hurdles. Recent decades have seen the region battered by floods and droughts that are stronger and more intense, and these trends are fully in line with climate change projections. At the current rate of warming, scientists from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggest that global temperature change will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052. This is a critical tipping point that will cause further long-term impacts on our … [Read more...] about Adapting the Mekong Delta for a green future
According to statistics in 2017, transport of goods in the Mekong Delta reached about 131.7 million tons, with average growth of 6.2 percent per year during the period from 2010 to 2017. Of which, export commodities were mainly three key products, consisting of seafood, rice and fruits, contributing around 18.7 percent to the country’s gross domestic product. Currently, export demand of the Mekong Delta is high, estimated at around 17-18 million tons per year with average growth of 10-15 percent per year. However, up to 70 percent of goods from the region had to be transported by road to ports in Ho Chi MinhC ity and Southeast region, making transport cost to increase by 10-40 percent per shipment, causing intense pressure on firms and reducing their competitiveness. Mr. Le Duy Hiep, chairman of the Vietnam Logistics Association, warned that in the last five years, logistics expenses for export of seafood products and fruits accounted for 20-25 percent, much higher than … [Read more...] about Expectations for first deepwater seaport in the Mekong Delta
Source: Southern Institute of Water Resources Research Despite not being impacted by salinity intrusion, Cargill Vietnam’s production has been heavily impacted by African swine fever (ASF). Cargill has swiftly implemented solutions, focusing on biological work to organise “two layers of defence,” including safe food and safe breeding from factory to farm. The company reviews all raw material suppliers who must have the necessary safety and quarantine certificates. It also implements a policy of biological safety, isolating people and vehicles from epidemic zones, disinfecting vehicles entering or leaving the factory, providing single-use clothes, not allowing employees to bring any food from the outside into the factories, and increasing heat in pellets. Besides, Cargill also requires suppliers to strictly comply with bio-safety regulations. In addition to strengthening ASF prevention and control at the factory and throughout the supply chain, Cargill also … [Read more...] about Local resourcefulness to resolve the Mekong Delta’s water issues