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The Governments of Germany and Australia have provided non-refundable aid worth over EUR18 million to a climate change adaptation programme in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta.

The IntegGermany, Australia support climate changerated Coastal and Mangrove Protection/Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems Programme (ICMP/CCCEP) operating in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam, costing a total of EUR20 million, will be implemented in An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Kien Giang and Soc Trang provinces over the next 36 months.

Juergen Hess from the German International Cooperation (GIZ) said the aim of ICMP/CCCEP is to assist Vietnam to manage coastal ecosystems, enhance resilience and reduce the risk of injury to fauna, protect the Mekong River Delta, increase awareness of the environment and create sustainable livelihoods for local people.

Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan notes that the programme complements the Vietnamese Government’s strategies for comprehensive development and poverty reduction by 2020.

The integration of climate change into socio-economic development is a suitable method of approach for the Mekong River Delta, Tuan says.

Vietnam is one of a number of countries greatly affected by climate change, with the Mekong River Delta expected to suffer from severe flooding caused rising sea levels and storms.


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