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Climate Change in the Mekong Delta: Shared Learning and Dialogues in Can Tho (KÈM BÀN DỊCH TIẾNG VIỆ

The Vietnamese Mekong River Delta (MRD) is the region through which the Mekong River enters the East Sea of Vietnam. The delta, with a total area of four million hectares, has nearly 18 million inhabitants (about 22% of the entire population of Vietnam) and is host to a range of agricultural land-uses: including rice, fruit trees, annual industrial crops, aquaculture and forestry.

It has now been recognized that the MRD is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, particularly sea level rise and severe floods and impacts have and will continue to go far beyond the coping strategies of local communities. Meanwhile, infrastructure developments in the MRD supporting the intensification of land and water resources have created their own trans-boundary environmental impacts. While these impacts have now been recognized, and have influenced the negotiation of regional policy agreements and cooperation among Mekong delta provinces, there is still more that needs to be done.

On the 20th June 2014, the Can Tho Climate Change Coordination Office (CCCO) hosted a regional workshop, where participants from 12 provinces across the MRD had the opportunity to learn about how the CCCO with the help of ISET, has built climate resilience in the region. The CCCO was established in 2011 with support from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network. The CCCO is responsible for developing and coordinating all climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in the city, in collaboration with external agencies and local stakeholders.