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U.S. Ambassador Marc E. Knapper and the delegation of the U.S. Mission to Vietnam to visit DRAGON-Mekong Institute
Meeting with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry

Can Tho University (CTU) in collaboration with the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), United States Geological Survey (USGS), and Seoul National University (SNU) are organizing the Mekong Virtual Symposium: “Response to Development and climate change impacts in the Mekong River Basin - a call for solution and adaptation”.

The Mekong Virtual Symposium will bring together international scientists from a wide range of disciplines to develop collaborative approaches to addressing challenges in the Mekong Delta that could be replicated in other parts of the world to strengthen the global network and gain a better understanding of new challenges and opportunities. Besides, the symposium also foster the collaboration both nationally and internationally to support the Mekong Delta in enhance resilience and adaptation to climate change and sea level rise.

  • Date: October 23th, 2021
  • Time:30 am —1.00 pm ICT (GMT +7)
  • Language: English
  • Registration form: click here
  • Contact: Associate. Professor Van Pham Dang Tri (
  • Symposium agenda: Please see details below






7:30 am -7:40 am

Welcome speech from Can Tho University

Objectives and panelist introduction





07:40 am - 07:50 am

Official Opening Remarks


07:50 am – 08:10 am

Changes of the delta system under climate change and socio-economic development: The case study of the Mekong Delta


08:10 am – 08:30 am

Climate change, dams, and hydrologic changes in the Lower Mekong River basin

Yadu Pokhrel, Huy Dang, Tamanna Kabir, Jiaguo Qi

8:30 am – 8:50 am

The role of hydro dams in the MRB water, energy and food nexus challenges and opportunities

Jiaguo Qi

08:50 am – 09:10 am

Key sustainable development challenges over the Vietnam Mekong Delta – Brief overview


Prof. Trần Đình Hòa, Prof. Tăng Đức Thắng, Trần Bá Hoằng, Đỗ Hoài Nam, Nguyễn Nghĩa Hùng, Trịnh Quang Toàn

09:10 am – 09:30 am

NexView model links transboundary groundwater dynamics with socioeconomic impacts

Matthew Andersen

09:30 am – 09:50 am

Investigation of sea level rise in the coastal areas of Vietnam Mekong Delta

Prof. Nguyen Van Thinh

09:50 am – 10:10 am


Management of Mekong sediment is crucial for climate resilience

G. Vasilopoulos, D.R. Parsons, Q.L. Quan, S.E. Darby, V.P.D. Tri, N.N. Hung , H. Voepel, A.P. Nicholas R. Aalto

10:10 am – 10:30 am

Flood disasters: strategies for mitigation and resilience

Philippe Gourbesville

Break: 10:30 am – 10:40 am

10:40 am – 12:00 pm

General discussion/ panelist


12:00 pm – 12:10 pm

Conclusion and Wrap-up

Can Tho University



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