On the 23th of January 2019, partners signed the Partnership Agreement. In this WaterWorX project, Dutch water companies and Vietnamese partners - through VEI and DRAGON Institute – Can Tho University - support the water companies in the provinces of Hau Giang, Soc Trang and Can Tho in delivering sustainable and resilient water supply services in the context of climate change.
Although coverage and service levels are relatively good in Vietnam, serious challenges including land subsidence, saline intrusion, reduced availability of groundwater and pollution of surface water pose heavy risks on the future water supply. A regional approach for upgrading, expansion and modification of supply schemes is believed to be necessary. The current institutional and legislative landscape is fragmented and not furnished to effectively cope with those challenges.
The intention for phase 2 and 3 of the WaterWorX programme, which runs until 2030, is to up-scale the project to the entire south-western Mekong Delta, improving water supply for 10 million people.
Assoc. Dr. Nguyen Hieu Trung, Director of Research Institute of Climate Change - CTU University and Dutch partner (Photo: DRAGON Institute)
We are looking forward implementing this interesting project and strengthen cooperation and synergy with Dutch water sector colleagues in the Mekong Delta.
On 7 August 2018, a meeting between Dr. Nguyen Hieu Trung (DRAGON Institute) and Dr. Kimberley Thomas, Temple University, USA was held at the office of DRAGON Institute. During the meeting, many concerns about water management and land-use change in term of increasing occurrence of extreme weather events in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta (VMD) have been discussed. As the result, the social ecology is essential focuses on future researches. The DRAGON Institute-Can Tho University and Temples University have been setting a multi-year collaboration between researchers at two universities.
Research Institute for Climate Change was found in June, 2008 under initiative proposed by Vietnam and United State of America. As a premier institute subordinated to Can Tho University, DRAGON-Mekong Institute is design to become an internationally recognized center of excellence for research and training on the impacts of climate change on major river deltas, and enhancing the resilience of delta communities and ecosystems to climate change.
On 14 June 2018, a meeting between Research Institute for Climate Change – Can Tho University (DRAGON Institute) and Korea Environment Institute (KEI)- Korea was held at the office of DRAGON Institute. The meeting had participations of DRAGON Institute’s staffs, representatives of KEI and the officers from Can Tho Natural Resources and Environment Department.
During the meeting, many issues concerning impacts of the climate change to Can Tho city have been discussed. As the result, the relations in water resources – biodiversity and agricultural development that have been selected as the major aspect of the impacts to the city.
The DRAGON Institute and KEI agreed on further collaborations which were based on above discussions.