Can Tho, Vietnam, 27 Nov 2014

Successful seminar Water Utilities and Climate Change in Vietnam

From 19 to 21 November, UNESCO-IHE and partners organized a 3-day seminar on Water Utilities and the challenges of Climate Change in the Mekong Delta. The seminar focused on the challenges for water companies in the Mekong Delta and the Dong Nai River Basin and forms part of the project Climate Change and Water Supply in the Mekong Delta.

Climate change challenges

The program consisted of a combination of key note speeches and presentations, interactive workshops, and – on the second day – a fieldtrip to Tra Vinh province. The workshops and presentations focused on topics such as:

  • Existing scenarios on climate change in general, and for the Mekong Delta and the Dong Nai river basin in specific;
  • The dynamics and interaction of fresh and saline surface and groundwater;
  • Surface water flow and quality (modelling); sharing of limited fresh water resources; coping with increasingly brackish water, now and in the future;
  • Groundwater quality (modelling), pollution, and trends, in particular regarding the salinity of groundwater;
  • Urban planning in relation to climate change;

This seminar is part of the project ”Climate Change and Water Supply in the Mekong Delta“.  The project is co-funded by the Sustainable Water Fund of The Netherlands: total project costs are EUR 10 million; a grant of EUR 4.4 million is extended to the project.

The project partners are Vitens Evides International (VEI), Saigon Water Corporation (SAWACO), Soc Trang Water Supply Company, Tra Vinh Water Supply and Drainage Company, People’s Committee of Soc Trang, People’s Committee of Tra Vinh, UNESCO-IHE, and Can Tho University – Dragon Institute.

The newspaper Tuoi tre, ran an article titled “Salinity intrusion on Dong Nai and Sai Gon rivers” related to the workshop of UNESCO-IHE. Read the article (in Vietnamese) here.

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