Erosion in Cần Thơ City in June. — VNA/VNS Photo
MEKONG DELTA — The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment plans to make a full inspection of subsidence in the Mekong Delta provinces between 2020 and 2025.
The ministry will also install and operate an appropriate network of land-subsidence monitoring networks in the area at the same time.
The move came following proposals by the Việt Nam Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources.
Trần Tân Văn, head of the institute, said recent data showed that the Mekong Delta had suffered from land subsidence and the situation will become worse in the future while there was not a complete monitoring system installed in the area.
Văn said the inspection and installation would be implemented under two separate projects.
After the projects are finished, the Mekong Delta would have a monitoring system appropriate to its geological characteristics, he said.
This would help policy makers gain a realistic, clear and reliable information of natural geographic characteristics, climate, ecosystem, current situation and future trends of the Mekong Delta.
The projects also focused on collecting and processing geological data, building a soil structure map, taking a survey of coastal and riverbank erosion as well as inspecting exploitation of underground water and sand in the Mekong Delta, he said.
Deputy Minister Trần Quý Kiên said that the proposal by the institute was timely and suitable.
He ordered the institute to work with relevant agencies such as the Ministry of Science and Technology and local administrations of Mekong Delta provinces to implement the projects soon.
The Mekong Delta region consists of 12 provinces of Long An, Tiền Giang, Bến Tre, Vĩnh Long, Trà Vinh, Sóc Trăng, Đồng Tháp, An Giang, Hậu Giang, Kiên Giang, Bạc Liêu and Cà Mau, and Cần Thơ City. — VNS