“The total land area lost in the last 10 years has reached over 3,000 hectares,” Tang Quoc Chinh from the Natural Calamities Control Department confirmed, adding that the landslides in the Mekong Delta are increasingly serious. Chinh attributed the serious landslides to the many hydropower reservoirs on the Mekong, from China to Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. On the mainstream of Mekong, there are 19 reservoirs, of which seven in China have been built and one is under construction. In Laos, two are now being built, and another two are going to be built. On the tributaries of the Mekong, a total of 142 reservoirs have been built, or are under construction, or planned. Hydropower reservoirs will increase landslides in the Mekong Delta. These reservoirs prevent sediment from flowing downstream. Sediment has the effect of consolidating the delta and preventing erosion. Another reason behind the increasingly serious landslides is the overexploitation of sand in the upper … [Read more...] about Will the Mekong Delta sink by 2100?
Coastal erosion and deposition
CÀ MAU – The Mekong Delta needs sustainable measures and sufficient financial resources to mitigate serious erosion along rivers and coastal areas, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hà Công Tuấn, has said. Houses collapse into a river in Mỹ Hoà Ward, Long Xuyên City in Mekong Delta province of An Giang due to a landslide. — VNA/VNS Photo Công Mạo Speaking at a seminar held in Cà Mau Province on Tuesday (April 9), Tuấn said that erosion in the delta had worsened in recent years because of climate change and human activities. Experts have predicted that parts of the delta will be submerged under water in 50 years, but if sand mining and underground water exploitation are not managed well, this could occur even sooner. To prevent erosion, water resources need to be more properly used, forests must be replanted and alluvial land should be created, experts said. The delta, the … [Read more...] about Erosion-prevention measures urgently needed in Mekong Delta
Can Tho’s export revenue grows 13 percent in Q1 Processing tra fish for export at the Southern Fishery Industries Co. Ltd in Can Tho city The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho exported 447.8 million USD worth of goods in the first three months of 2019, up 13.32 percent year on year, according to the municipal Department of Industry and Trade. Aquatic products and rice remained the key foreign currency earners for the city during the first quarter. Nearly 46,500 tonnes of aquatic products worth 132.57 million USD were shipped abroad, respectively rising by 27.29 percent and 10.78 percent against the same period last year. The biggest markets were Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, and Hong Kong (China). Seafood exporting companies said the shipment of shrimp and tra fish products has benefited from many preferential tariffs in other member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) as from March. Therefore, they have been applying … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 3/4
Coastal protection forests in Tien Giang province have been seriously eroded in recent years (Photo: VNA) Tien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang is striving to conserve coastal protection forests that have been seriously eroded by sea encroachment triggered by climate change. Since 2006, nearly 450ha of protection forests bordering Go Cong sea off the coast of Tien Giang have been eroded. Notably, forests near many important dyke sections in Tan Dien commune of Go Cong Dong district have completely disappeared. Facing that fact, Tien Giang has made efforts to mitigate climate change’s impacts, recover protection forests and protect dykes to serve more than 37,000ha of farmland and residents near Go Cong sea. In areas that have completely lost protection forests, the province is building embankments with a total length of more than 6.4km along local dykes. It is also constructing 1.42km of soft rock embankments to support sediment deposition to create … [Read more...] about Tien Giang strives to protect coastal forests from erosion
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs the meeting on coastal erosion and sediment deposition at river mouths in central coastal provinces on November 7 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has once again emphasised the importance of protecting the marine environment while chairing a meeting on coastal erosion and sediment deposition at river mouths in central coastal provinces from Nghe An to Binh Thuan. The event, which was held in Hanoi on November 7, saw the presence of officials from several relevant ministries and sectors, as well as leaders of the central provinces. It was the third meeting on the issue that the PM has chaired so far, following those with northern and southern provinces. There are 13 provinces and cities in the coastal central region from Nghe An to Binh Thuan. They have a coast that is 1,649km long and a dense river network with 48 river mouths flowing into the East Sea, equivalent to one river mouth per 34km of coast, … [Read more...] about Meeting looks to address erosion, sediment deposition along central coast