Speaking at the workshop, Nguyen Duy Tuan, Director of the Institute of Geology, Water and Environment, said that responding to climate change, especially in the Mekong Delta, was a top national priority. “It’s vital to seek solutions and invest in new structures to prevent tides and saline intrusion. We also need to store fresh water and respond to rising sea levels in the Mekong Delta, as well as cope with flooding in HCM City,” he said. The Vung Tau-Go Cong sea dyke project, which was proposed in 2011 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, would include a 28km-long main dyke extending from Go Cong Commune (Tien Giang province) to a point 5 km from Vung Tau City (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province), where it would connect with another dyke 13km long running to Can Gio Biosphere Reserve in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo for illustration. Source: dmhcc.gov.vn The project would also include construction of the Long Tau sluice, and canals North of the … [Read more...] about Sea dyke project hoped to help Mekong Delta cope with climate change
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Residents in grasslands and open swamps throughout the Mekong Delta are working full steam to deliver the best rustic experiences to tourists Residents in grasslands and open swamps throughout the Mekong Delta are working full steam to deliver the best rustic experiences to tourists Vacationers from many parts of the country have flooded open swamps and mixed forests in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. Officials in several swampy hotspots in Ca Mau, Kien Giang and Dong Thap provinces have reported that the number of visitors has seen a sharp rise compared to that of normal days. As per common Vietnamese practice, people generally visit their relatives on the first and second day of the Lunar New Year and will start their trips on the third and fourth day. This year’s Lunar New Year begins on January 28 with preparation and celebration commonly taking place one week before and after the date. Le Van Dung, director of the Tourism Promotion … [Read more...] about Tourists flock to Vietnam’s Mekong Delta forests
Where to go this weekend By Xuan Lam in HCMC Ben Thanh Tourist in HCMC is offering an exciting tour called 'Homestay Weekend' to the Mekong Delta provinces of Vinh Long, Tien Giang and Ben Tre to enjoy the region's peaceful waterways and clean country air. Public relations executive Cao Ngoc Minh says that the tour targets foreigners in HCMC, especially foreigners in foreign representative office. "We start the tours on the 2nd and 4th weekends of the month so the traveler can have time to relax after hard working days," she said. The next tours depart on the mornings of July 25, August 8 and August 22 from HCMC to Vinh Long Province. On the way, the tour stops at the Cao Dai Temple before reaching Vinh Long's An Binh Village where a cycling tour is arranged. On bicycle, visitors can see some of the villages' lifestyle and visit ancient Tien Chau Pagoda. The tour operator arranges a homestay on an island for foreigners to stay with local people. For those who do not like to let their … [Read more...] about Where to go this weekend
Huynh Van Ngot says that since his family reinforced their roof and pillars last September, they have felt safer during storms. "I asked my sons to place four sandbags on the corrugated tin roof and anchor the interior pillars to concrete poles fixed in the ground with zinc wire," says the 67-year-old resident of Long Binh Commune, Go Cong Tay District, Tien Giang Province. "When last year's ninth storm (Typhoon Usagi) blew the roofs off neighboring houses and uprooted surrounding trees, I was really scared," Ngot says. The old man learned how to reinforce his home from Oxfam, an international non-government organization that has worked in Vietnam since 1955. "The Oxfam agent also encouraged my family to build a clean toilet in our house instead of using open-air toilets built over catfish ponds, which pollute the environment. I found her suggestion reasonable, so I followed," says Ngot. Strengthening the house and building a hygienic toilet are just two of many changes that took … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s Mekong Delta responds to climate change
Head of the Cultivation Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Tri Ngoc spoke about the inundation of Cambodian rice in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's rice granary. What do you think about the absurdity in the Mekong Delta, where Cambodian rice is flooding the market? It is normal, like Vietnamese rice also overflows into Thailand. This is the nature of the market mechanism. Traders are buying low-quality rice of Vietnam to sell to Thailand at higher prices. Similarly, when rice prices in the Mekong Delta are higher, Cambodian rice overflows in. It seems problematic that paddy prices fell to VND2,500/kg but farmers couldn't sell their rice, meanwhile Cambodian rice is imported into the market. What is your opinion about this? That is a different matter. Vietnamese farmers have been pursuing rice productivity and are not interested in high-quality rice. Meanwhile, Thailand and Cambodia have one rice crop per year and they only grow long-term paddy varieties … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta importing rice as usual?