06/09/2017 09:35 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Mekong Delta sustainable development conversion model to be discussed

Hanoi, September 5 (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a working session with relevant ministries, branches and agencies on September 5 to direct meticulous preparations for an upcoming conference that looks to shape a sustainable development transformation model for the Mekong Delta to adapt to climate change. 

Based on the Letter of Intent inked with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during the visit to the Netherlands from July 8-11, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) to organise the conference to seek strategic measures for the large-scale transformatiion model for the sustainable Mekong Delta region with a vision until 2100. 

The event, which is scheduled in the end of September, is expected to deal with effective coordination mechanisms for interregional and interdisciplinary activities in the region, resources needed for the conversion model, as well as capital solutions. 

As the conference is expected to welcome 500 delegates, who are experts, development partners, scientists and enterprises, adequate preparation is required, the Government leader said, stressing that solutions given at the conference must have high content of science and technology. 

In addition to suitable financial resources and mechanisms, impending measures as well as long term ones to ensure livelihoods for local people must be put forth at the event, he said. 

He asked the MoNRE, the Government Office, Can Tho city and relevant ministries to set up specific projects and plans to ensure a successful event. 

The Mekong Delta, home to 18 million Vietnamese people, is an important economic region of the country. People along the Mekong River, including those from Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, depend much on the river for food and livelihoods. However, humans’ activities together with critical climate change like drought, saltwater intrusion and landslides have left negative impacts on local sustainable development.\