Denmark helps Vietnam adapt to climate change

Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard, inspected two Danish-funded climate change adaptation projects in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre on November 9, reports the Voice of Vietnam Online.

Martin made a fact-finding tour of Thanh Phong commune, Thanh Phu district, where a VND1.5-billion afforestation project is being implemented.

He said that, in addition to coping with natural disasters, it is essential to have good know-how on adapting to climate change.

With the Danish Government’s funding, more than 100 hectares of forest have been planted in Ben Tre province in 2012, increasing forest coverage in coastal areas to 4,000 hectares. The figure is expected to reach 5,000 hectares by 2020 to create a green belt along the coastline.

Martin also inspected a 2.7-km embankment system along the Ham Luong River in Minh Duc commune, Mo Cay Nam district, which is being built under a VND3.5 billion project.

The embankment will help prevent water from flowing into residential areas, damaging crops and causing a negative impact on people’s daily lives.

Once completed, the system will facilitate transportation connecting inter-communal roads within Mo cay Nam district.

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