Chinese damming, coupled with the effects of climate change, has robbed the Mekong River of its riches and in 2016 caused Vietnam to experience its worst drought in 90 years.
The environment ministry said land prices in some localities and areas have increased dramatically, which could affect socio-economic development and investment projects.
Just as authorities called for a community wide compliance with the closing of borders, masking, and social distancing; the ingrained collectivism among its citizens, allows for a broad and clear messaging about the environmental threats. This may translate into improved management of the nation’s natural resources.
The city has been using a water drainage plan approved in 2001 that covers the central area of about 650sq.km, which represents about 30 percent of the city’s total area. The plan does not account for the impact of climate change, rising water levels and erosion.
The money, to come from the World Bank, Germany and France, would be used for the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta in the face of climate change.
At this time last year, farmers in the Mekong Delta were utterly in distress because of drought. This year, authorities have adopted different solutions to reserve fresh water in canals and rivers facilitating the waterway transport.
IRRI had developed and analysed three scenarios for NDC implementation in the rice sector through changes in farming practices including the Alternate Wetting and Drying technology (AWD) or the Mid-season Drainage technique in the Red River and the Mekong River Deltas.
The fact that we are late climbers on to the renewable energy bandwagon and continue to express reservations and hesitation in exploiting solar and wind energy (which Vietnam has in abundance) will indirectly boost growth in the types of energy that damage the environment severely, like thermal and hydropower plants.
There’s big money driving dirty energy. If the EU takes a strong forceful stance on coal consumption in the region, it could spark anger from the main exporters of the commodity, China, India and Australia
The exploitation of the Mekong River’s upstream water resources, especially the building of hydropower dams, has caused changes in flow and reductions of alluvium deposits, harming fisheries resources and worsening saltwater intrusion.