Water and Wetlands

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Why the region needs the UN Watercourses Convention

On June 4, at an international conference in Ben Tre, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh spoke strongly about the risks of growing competition over water and the need for greater international cooperation to avoid conflict. He urged countries to "develop new ways of thinking", to deliver "tangible cooperation on efficient and sustainable water management" and above all "to translate words and commitments into concrete actions."   …   | Vietnamese

24 Jun 2015 | Article

Inside East Scheldt storm surge barrier

Strategic delta planning: lessons from The Netherlands

On the night of January 31, 1953, sea water, driven by a North Sea storm and spring tide, burst through the coastal defences in southwest Holland, killing over 1,800 people and flooding over 200,000 hectares. The government's response to this national disaster was a program of dike building that blocked off three of the four major estuaries that form the mouth of the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta.   …   | Vietnamese

08 Jun 2015 | Article

National Assembly Vice President Uong Chu Luu delivering opening remarks at the workshop

National Assembly and water governance

On March 28-April 1, 2015, the National Assembly (NA) will host the 132rd Assembly of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union: http://www.ipu.org/conf-e/132agnd.htm. On the agenda is a resolution on “Shaping a new system of water governance: Promoting parliamentary action on water”. In preparation, the NA organized a workshop in December, chaired by the NA Vice-President, to share ideas on water governance in Vietnam. The presentations on domestic and international water governance and plenary discussion raised some interesting issues. …   | Vietnamese

29 Dec 2014 | Article
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Journalist asking questions at the film screening

Journalists react to two films on the Mekong?

Hydropower is considered a source of clean renewable energy. This has led to an explosion of dam construction in the Mekong region. But the costs are becoming increasingly clear, particularly in Thailand and Vietnam, which have by far the largest number of dams. Downstream, dike and canal construction in the Mekong Delta has helped Vietnam become the world’s second largest rice exporter. But as with dams, the costs of this narrow-minded approach have become apparent. …   | Vietnamese

03 Sep 2014 | Article
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Earth dike in Mo O village, Soc Trang Province

To build or not to build, that is the question

Mo O is a coastal village in Soc Trang Province where the cultivation of watermelons is the leading income source. Watermelons are planted on sandy soil just behind an earth dike. When the dike breaks and sea water floods in, as it often does, the villagers lose most of their crop. …   | Vietnamese

21 Jul 2014 | Article
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August dike in Dong Thap Province, May 2014

Rice at all cost?

On May 27, IUCN and the South West Steering Committee (SWSC) organized an inception workshop in Can Tho for a 4-year BMU-funded project Integrated Planning Approaches to Implement the CBD Strategic Plan and Increased Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change. The project will test planning and investment strategies that will enhance the capacity of Mekong Delta to cope with growing competition over its land and water resources in a changing climate. …   | Vietnamese

21 Jul 2014 | Article
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Car calling public to the event

Public Hearings Thai Style

In November 2013, with funding from the Finnish government-financed Mekong Water Dialogues, IUCN lead a team from the Mekong Delta to Thailand to observe a public hearing organised by local NGOs on an expensive and controversial flood prevention plan that the Thai government has developed after the devastating floods of 2011. The US$12 billion plan proposes the construction of dams, dikes, and water diversions schemes. Very little is earmarked for “soft” approaches such as restoring floodplains to increase floodwater retention capacity, despite that fact that climate change models indicate more intense rainfall events. …   | Vietnamese

17 Jan 2014 | Article
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Flooding in Mekong Delta

Film Screening Science Film Festival 2013: Mekong

On occasion of the Science Film Festival 2013, the Goethe-Institute will host a screening of the film “Mekong”. The film follows the efforts of students and scientists from the delta's CanTho University as they develop a resilience strategy for the challenges facing the delta over the next hundred years.   …   | Vietnamese

31 Oct 2013 | News story
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Participants attending MDP consultation meeting

Mekong Development Plan: the value of public participation

In 2010, the Prime Ministers of Vietnam and the Netherlands agreed to support the preparation of the Mekong Delta Plan (MDP), a 100-year vision for the Mekong Delta, an area of very high natural productivity that is vulnerable to rising sea level downstream, dams and water abstraction upstream, and dikes, sluice gates, and other water resources management infrastructure within the delta itself. …   | Vietnamese

30 Sep 2013 | Article
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Mekong river in Xayabouri Province

MWD Evaluating Progress and Charting the Way Forward

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam: On 12 June 2013, the Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) Project Steering Committee Meeting was held in Ho Chi Minh City. The aim was to discuss and evaluate the progress of the MWD project and to exchange ideas and experiences in a Southeast Asian context. …  

17 Jul 2013 | Article


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