LONG AN – A climate change adaptation project for the Vam Co River basin kicked off in southern Long An Province today.
The euro 365,000 (US$487,000) initiative, sponsored by the Netherlands, aims to appraise the current and future climate impact on the area.
According to project partner, the Water Partner Foundation, additional goals include assessing associated risk and vulnerability in the pilot area as well as the evaluation of adaptation measures based on potential flood and saltwater damage.
The foundation confirmed the project would also engage local communities in reducing climate risks effectively while improving disaster resistance and enhancing adaptive capacity amongst poor farmers, fishermen and other marginalised groups.
Huynh Thi Phep, deputy director of the Science and Technology Department said projects would rely on pilot models to appraise climate change and rising sea level impact on downstream areas such as Can Duoc, Can Giuoc, Chau Thanh and Tan Tru.
Phep said the model, expected to last until the year end, would be expanded to other localities in the province if proved effective.
Vam Co River originates in Cambodia and flows 35 km through Long An, home to more than 1 million people. – VNS