MekongNet is abbreviation of the Network of Environmental Protection and Response with the Climate Change in the Mekong Delta in 2010. It works as an open forum attracted to the participation of representatives in the field of environmental protection to cope with anticipated climate change impacts in the coming decades, including the government, non-governmental organizations in Vietnam, the scientists and the authorities in provincial department as well as civil society organizations.

The network connects the stakeholders  in many different ways to form the single entity in order to exchanging and sharing the information as well as experience related to the field, supporting environmental and natural resource protection projects, assessing the vulnerability due to climate change and proposing its strategy in the Mekong Delta.

MekongNet is run out of CTU’s Research Institute for Climate Change (CTURICC), also known as the DRAGON Institute.  The CTURICC coordinates all climate change related work at the university (Fig 1).  With funding from local NGO WARECOD, CTURICC organized two meetings and several training workshops for all 13 provinces with a focus on awareness raising and capacity building.  CTU sent invitation letters to all relevant provincial government departments.  This is a standing letter that enables their on-going participation.

DRAGON Institute is also the coordination member of the Network of Environmental Protection and Response with the Climate Change in the Mekong Delta (referred to as Mekong Network – Mekong Net). Since 2014, the DRAGON Institute have been working at Involved Management in the VNGO & CC Network along with other organizations include the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) - Head, Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development ( MCD), the Center for community health Research and development (COHED), Center for Rural development (CRD).

Figure 1. Can Tho University Research Institute for Climate Change (CTURICC) collaboration

The initiative began from an attempt by a Vietnamese NGO called WARECOD (with funding from Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung) and 4 provinces (An Giang, Can Tho, Kien Giang and Ca Mau) to work together on climate change issues. But because partners did not have the necessary authority and mandate to start up such a network, CTU was approached to establish and facilitate the network activities. As a national university, CTU has the mandate to respond to provincial government capacity building and research needs. The original agenda was to respond to government and community needs in CC awareness and capacity building. The network did not have a policy advocacy agenda.

Rosa-Luxemberg funding of approx $50,000/yr was provided via WARECOD for community and government training workshops both at CTU and in the Provinces over the course of 2010 and 2011. Other funding has been drawn on an ad-hoc basis from existing projects where objectives were aligned but there is no committed long term funding for the MekongNet.

CTU organized the first workshop which brought in all 13 MD provinces in 2010. Official CTU invitation letters to participate were issued to all relevant provincial government departments to participate. This is a standing letter that is in place now enabling continued provincial participation. The current provincial contact persons for the MekongNet initiative are as follows:

 

 No.

Full name

Position

Province

Contact

Email

1

Quảng Trọng Bích

Permanent Vice Chairman – Provincial Farmer’s Union

Kiên Giang

CQ: 077.3814027, DĐ: 0913993824

 

2

Nguyễn Quốc Dũng

Head of Division of Water Resources- Hydro- Meteorological, DONRE

Kiên Giang

 

 

3

Nguyễn Sơn Tùng

Vice Chairman  of Provincial Farmer’s Union

Cần Thơ

 

 

4

Nguyển Minh Thế

Deputy Director of DONRE

Cần Thơ

 

 

5

Ngô Huỳnh Quang Thái

Member of the Provincial Executive Committee – Head of Division of School Youth of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union

Bến Tre

ĐT: 073.3886118 , DĐ: 0919802222

tinhdoantg@gmail.com

6

Đoàn Văn Phúc

Manager ofEnvironmental Protection Division, Deputy Chief of Office CCCO

Chi cục trưởng chi cục BVMT, Phó chánh vp BĐKH

Bến Tre

DĐ: 0918219151

dvphuc.stnmt@yahoo.com.vn

7

Phạm Thị Thanh Thảo

Vice Chairman of Woman Association

Bến Tre

DĐ: 0912323056

phamthao22777@yahoo.com

8

Trần Xuân Thành

Director of DONRE

Giám đốc Sở TNMT

Tiền Giang

DĐ: 0918132406

txthanh09@yahoo.com.vn

9

Trần Văn Thanh

Deputy Director of DONRE

Phó Giám đốc Sở TNMT

Sóc Trăng

 

 

10

Ngô Văn Út Nhỏ

Member of the Provincial Executive Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, Vice Chairman of Woman Association

Sóc Trăng

 

 

11

Hoàng Minh Châu

Manager ofEnvironmental Protection Division

Hậu Giang

DĐ: 0918408611

minhchauhg@yahoo.com.vn

12

Võ Văn Bửu

Deputy Head of Socio-Culture of Provincial Farmer’s Union

Hậu Giang

DĐ: 0975955637

vanhoaxahoi1959@yahoo.com.vn

13

Lâm Quyết Thắng

Director of DONRE

Bạc Liêu

 

 

14

Trương Hồng Trang

Secretary of Provincial Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union

Bạc Liêu

 

 

15

Huỳnh Thị Hà Thủy

Deputy Manager ofEnvironmental Protection Division

Vĩnh Long

DĐ: 0986082628

hathuy1968@gmail.com

16

Nguyễn Trung Kiên

Deputy Secretary of Provincial Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union

Vĩnh Long

 

 

17

Huỳnh Thanh Nghị

Chairman- Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union

An Giang

DĐ: 0919670440

huynhthanhnghi1980@yahoo.com.vn

18

Trần Văn Hải

Manager of Division of DONRE

An Giang

DĐ: 0918951851

tranhaiag@gmail.com

19

Võ Thanh Xuân

Official of DONRE

An Giang

DĐ: 0902537747

thanhxuanmtag@gmail.com

20

Nguyễn Quốc Tuấn

Deputy Manager of Environmental Protection Division

Trà Vinh

DĐ: 0908633579

tuanmttv@yahoo.com.vn

21

Lâm Hữu Phúc

Secretary of Provincial Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union

Trà Vinh

DĐ: 0913816467

lamhuuphuctd@yahoo.com.vn

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