Saturday, June 12, 2010

Measures to cope with rising sea levels in Mekong Delta

VOV News (Vietnam): The Institute of Water Resources and Environment (IWRE) has put forth a series of measures to help Mekong Delta provinces deal with climate change, rising sea levels and floods.

At a seminar on an overall plan for Mekong Delta given of climate change and rising sea levels held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in Hanoi on June 11, IWRE representatives pointed out three major solutions, including upgrading and linking tide control and salinity prevention systems with flood mitigation and drainage systems to protect production.

Regional localities should complete dyke works to ensure partial flood control as well as strengthen flood drainage and control works through the lower sections of the Tien and Vam Co Rivers, they suggested.

According to MARD Deputy Minister Dao Xuan Hoc, the Mekong Delta is a region predicted to be hardest hit by climate change and rising sea levels. Once it happens, the region’s flood drainage will face more difficulties, especially for the Long Xuyen Quadrangle and the southwest part of the Hau River….

Mekong River Delta, Cần Thơ, Vietnam, shot by Tango7174, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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