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Drought, saltwater intrusion loom in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta plans to grow this year’s winter-spring rice crop early since drought and saltwater intrusion are forecast to be severe in the dry season starting at the end of this year. The country’s rice granary is expected to sow 1.55 million hectares, ...

Will the Mekong Delta sink by 2100?

The Mekong Delta loses 300 hectares of land each year because of river and coastline erosion, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). “The total land area lost in the last 10 years has reached over 3,000 hectares,” Tang Quoc Chinh from the ...

Rice production in Vietnam's Mekong Delta took wrong path: expert

While the entire society was still in dreaming of being a rice export power, farmers were realistic, realizing that the higher the yield of rice, the lower profit they would get because of higher fertilizer and pesticide costs. Rice farmers in the Mekong Delta now live ...

Hanoi takes initiative in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Joining the Ambitious City Promises project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, since October 2017, Hanoi is making every effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  According to Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and ...

Laos builds more dams, scientists worry about Mekong’s ecosystem

Instead of requesting additional data used in the building of Pak Lay hydroelectric dam in Laos, Dr Le Anh Tuan, a Mekong River expert and deputy head of the Institute for Climate Change Research at Can Tho University, believes that it would be better to ...

Sand shortage delays expressway works in Mekong Delta

Many transport projects as part of the second express highway in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta may not be completed by 2020 because of surging prices and a scarcity of construction sand. Keep reading ...

Mekong Delta looks to high-quality agriculture

Provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta have set to develop  high-quality agriculture combined with eco-tourism, services and industry as their ambitious targets this year. Located in a key economic region, with advantages in tourism, aquaculture and rice production, Kien Giang province, for instance, achieved ...

Floating markets – a typical cultural feature of the Mekong region

With its dense system of rivers and canals, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has become famous for floating markets which attract tourists with their abundant farm produce sold directly from boats. Located on the Cai Rang river, 6 km from Can Tho city, the Cai Rang floating market ...

Water resources planning in Mekong Delta should be prioritised: official

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Le Cong Thanh has underlined the need to focus on the planning and investigation of water resources across the country, especially in the Mekong Delta region.  Keep reading ...

Climate change sinks the delta, mindset worsens it

The sinking situation of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta in the south of Vietnam—seen in the rising tides and worsening floods affecting the region—is obviously caused by climate change. But the mindset of planners that fostered the building of embankment systems around the delta decades ...

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