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New Mekong Delta plan targets sustainable use

Update: December, 17/2013 - 09:27
The committee convened its third meeting in Ha Noi yesterday in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh.— Photo dwrm.gov.vn

HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam-Netherlands Inter-governmental Committee on climate change adaptation and water management has made public a plan to develop Viet Nam's Mekong Delta.

The committee convened its third meeting in Ha Noi yesterday in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh.

The Mekong Delta plan, which was grounded on the Netherlands Delta plan and has benefited from the close cooperation between the Governments of Viet Nam and the Netherlands, sets a long-term vision together with proposals for the Mekong Delta to adapt to climate change, manage its water resources and prosper sustainably in the coming years.

At the meeting, both countries evaluated the process of implementing the strategic partnership agreement signed in 2010, covering university and higher education partnerships, water management and climate change adaptation.

A high-level roundtable conference discussing joint coordination with international donors to aid the Mekong Delta's development was held, which included representatives from the committee, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the Delft University of Technology of the Netherlands and Viet Nam's Water Resource University (WRU) signed an agreement on the establishment of the Viet Nam-Netherlands Water and Environment Centre (Vinwater).

The centre will offer services, including applicable research in water resources and flood risk management, consultation in related thematic fields to contribute to forming a master plan, feasibility studies, knowledge transfers and capacity building.

At the signing ceremony, Professor Dr. Nguyen Quang Kim, Rector of WRU, said that with the support of the Netherlands, the centre will adapt global innovative solutions to the local situation in Viet Nam to better serve the needs of local and international organisations and address the challenges of the water sector in the country.

Professor Dirk Jan van den Berg, president of Delft University, said the establishment of this science and technology organisation would not only form a stronger and more effective partnership between the two universities, but also contribute to the development of Viet Nam's water management sector and strengthen the relationship between the two nations. — VNS

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