In the afternoon of July 2nd, in My Tho city, the Center for Environment and Community Assets Development (CECAD) and the Embassy of Finland in Vietnam in Vietnam signed an agreement to fund a project aiming at improving communications capacity for the Mekong Delta to cope with climate change. Mr. Kari Kahiluoto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Finland in Vietnam attended the ceremony.
Mr. Kari Kahiluoto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Finland in Vietnam
and Ms. Le Thi Van Hue, Deputy Director of CECAD was signing the agreement.
Through the Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC), the Embassy of Finland in Vietnam supports CECAD to implement the Project within 24 months, starting from July 2020, with a grant of 160,000 Euro, equivalent to about VND 400 million. There are 5 provinces benefited from the project, namely Tien Giang, Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Ben Tre and Long An.
According to Ms. Le Thi Van Hue, Deputy Director of CECAD, the Mekong Delta is one of Vietnam's key economic areas with high population density and demand for water resources for domestic purposes and large production. However, in recent years, the Mekong Delta is frequently affected by drought and saline intrusion due to climate change and the increasing use of Mekong water by upstream countries.
The project contributes to the objectives of the Resolution No.120/NQ-CP of Vietnam Government, to address the most urgent needs in the Mekong Delta region. In particular, improving the communication capacity of relevant agencies and raising awareness of local communities about saline intrusion in the region through actively participating in response activities with climate change.
In which, the activities of saline intrusion response model will be piloted in Tien Giang province, at the same time develop the system of saltwater intrusion monitoring and strengthening the warning network, early forecast for information management; assisting local communities in proactively collecting and storing fresh water for daily life and production, proceeding to ensure water security in the region.
In addition, a comprehensive communication program will also be implemented to raise awareness of local communities on the issue of saline intrusion through their active participation in initiating and implementing response activities with climate change.
The target groups of the project are local communities, poor households in remote areas; people directly affected by saline intrusion and lack of water for daily life and production, etc. Indirect beneficiaries of the project include district and provincial governments, civil society organizations, Hydrometeorology Center, Irrigation Departments of provinces, etc.
Ms. Le Thi Van Hue said that the expected results when the project is completed including: Developing and implementing a comprehensive communication program to raise awareness of the local community in the Mekong Delta on saline intrusion through their active participation in implementing climate change adaptation activities; Develop and install a pilot early warning system for saline intrusion in Tien Giang province; Develop and implement a proactive model of domestic and production water resources for local communities in the context of saline intrusion caused by climate change.