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JICA to aid Mekong on climate issue

Update: May, 13/2013 - 09:51

CAN THO (VNS)— The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will implement nine projects to help provinces in the Mekong Delta deal with climate change.

The projects will focus on building anti-salinity gates, improving and building coastal dykes, and developing fresh water resources.

They will also look to strengthen capacity in water-flow management, crop calendars and sustainable shrimp farming in the region.

According to the Southern Institute for Water Resources Planning, orchards and rice fields in the region were hardest hit by climate change, especially salt water intrusion.

In addition to the nine projects, JICA will deploy small-scale programmes and projects to help local people improve economic conditions in Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau and Kien Giang.

The agency will also study and expand new plant varieties which are resistant to saline water and set up salinity warning systems to preserve mangrove forests.

Since 2011, JICA has helped the seven provinces to evaluate the impacts of climate change for the 2020-50 period, and establish master plans and measures to respond to them. — VNS

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