Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

Events May 2021

Mekong Delta in crisis due to exploitation of sand and waterbanks

13 April 2021

Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) – The ongoing sand extraction on the canals of the Mekong Delta is causing serious loss of a lot of agricultural land. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Mekong Delta loses about 300 hectares of land every year due to the erosion of the river banks and the coast. Thus, in ten years the Mekong Delta has lost 3,000 hectares of land.

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Netherlands Water Partnership publishes new Vietnam Update

In March, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) published the first Country Update for Vietnam in 2021. The Country Update starts with an overview of the Vietnam Delta Team Annual Plan for 2021. This is followed by a quick look at how Vietnam’s economy has been faring and the near-term outlook. During 4Q20, the Dutch Embassy in Hanoi launched an Agro-Water Challenge, encouraging Dutch organisations to submit concepts for sustainable and innovative solutions to the Mekong Delta’s challenges. In the update the NWP also lookw back at a successful ASEAN5 virtual trade mission in 4Q20 in which Vietnam played an active role, including its own mission within a mission to the Mekong Delta.

One of the last events was a joint initiative by four Top Sectors announcing the establishment of a Mekong Delta Business Forum to promote Vietnamese and Netherlands business cooperation.

Finally, the NWP elaborates on the proposed Mekong Delta Agricultural Transformation Plan.

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